Andy Ho will be the new game director, while Ziegler is working on an as-yet-unannounced project from Riot.
The Game Director of VALORANT, Joe Ziegler, has announced that he will no longer be working on the game.
Ziegler worked on the game for eight years. He helped take it from an idea, to Project A, to the huge game we know it as today.
Ziegler posted a farewell article on the VALORANT website.
“It is with a heart full of gratitude and a deep excitement that I come to you today with news. After 8 years of working on VALORANT, building it from the ground up with a team of dedicated and passionate developers who’ve worked tirelessly to serve you all with the respect and admiration that you deserve, I am giving up the mantle of game director of the VALORANT tac-shooter to my good friend, Andy Ho.
“Andy is someone who I am proud to say has put many years of his own into VALORANT, and whose personal dedication to deliver to the highest standards inspires all who work with him. He has my full faith and trust that he will continue to grow and evolve VALORANT year-over-year to become even better than what I could imagine it to be. As for me, I’ll be starting something new (*wink, secrets…) in the hopes that we can even scratch the surface of the amazing impact VALORANT has already had so far.
“That said, I’ll not be far from the game and the team and they’ll always have my support. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support VALORANT, and a special shout out to all who’ve supported me and my work. You’ve made my time as your game director a truly joyous and memorable experience.
The replacement and what it means for VALORANT
Andy Ho, a senior director of game design for VALORANT, will be taking over Ziegler’s mantle. It’s impossible to truly know what differences managerial replacements will bring. However, Ziegler was quite active on Twitter and would interact with players. It seems that’s not Ho’s style, but we’ll see what 2022 brings.