EA has confirmed that Richard Hilleman, chief creative director of the company, has left after 30 years.

Hillman was known as the man behind the Madden franchise and has reportedly been with the company since just one year after it began.

“Rich Hilleman is a pioneer—a creative mind whose work influenced many games at EA and beyond,” spokesperson, John Reseburg, told Polygon. “We are thankful to Rich for his contribution over more than 30 years with the company, and we look forward to seeing what he pursues next.”

Hilleman worked as creative director for 8 years, after previously working as a support specialist and as vice president of production for the company’s early sports franchises such as Madden and NHL.

EA most recently revealed that Madden 17 is coming out this August. 

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