Rod Ferguson, longtime studio head of The Coalition, the Microsoft owned Gears of War development house, announced via Twitter he is leaving after 15 years to assume a similar role at Blizzard overseeing the Diablo franchise. Rod had been the head of The Coalition since its inception in 2014 after Microsoft had acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. He oversaw the release of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Gears of War 4, and Gears 5 released in 2019.

He is the second high profile Microsoft employee to leave for Blizzard, as Mike Ybarra, former Microsoft Corporate VP, joined the Blizzard ranks as Executive VP and GM in October 2019.

Source: Twitter

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