Sawyer abandons Midway and Gauntlet
A mere two weeks after John Romero left Midway and the project he was leading Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, veteran designer JE Sawyer has also quit the firm and the development in a somewhat bizarre manner. Rumours were abound previously that Sawyer and Romero clashed over the design of the title, but Sawyer's departure from Midway seems to put pay to such suggestions, instead leading many to point the finger at Midway. Indeed it is unclear whether either developer left voluntarily now, or were axed by the US publisher. "Friday [last week] is actually my last day at Midway," Sawyer told forums, before adding "I am going to work for Obsidian, starting Monday."
Obsidian are currently working on Bioware's Neverwinter Nights 2, having also leant hand with other high-profile creation Knights of the Old Republic 2. Midway moved quickly following news of this departure, telling Gamespot that "Development on Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows has not been impacted in any way as a result of [Sawyer's] departure." The game is due out at the end of this year on multiple formats, whilst Romero told us he was looking at several interesting options and would reveal his next move to the community within the next few months.