CCP Seagull Announces Her Departure

Dirk Stetille 2018-04-26

In a post on the CCP Forums today, it was announced that Andie Nordgren, aka CCP Seagull, will be leaving the company. Seagull began her tenure as an Executive Producer within CCP in an announcement on July 25, 2014, so her departure comes after almost exactly four years in the role. Prior to this, Seagull was a Technical Producer and then Senior Producer for EVE Online, in a CCP career spanning eight years.

In the time CCP Seagull has been spearheading EVE’s direction, the game has gone through a large number of changes. The battle of B-R5RB took place in January of 2014, at a time when supercapital forces were able to cross the entire length and breadth of New Eden in minutes. Four months later, the Phoebe expansion ushered in the age of Jump Fatigue, and gating titans. While many people at the time heavily criticized then-CCP Greyscale, the designer of the Jump Fatigue system, over time the majority of the game has recognized that Fatigue has helped to enable smaller entities to engage one another without fear of supercapital hot-drops. Jump Fatigue has continued to be tweaked and adjusted as CCP observes the effects on the galactic terrain.

Some of the other changes during CCP Seagull’s tenure as Executive Producer include:

  • Physical-Based Rendering (PBR) of in-space assets,
  • The introduction of new ship classes like the Bowhead, T3 Destroyers, Logistics Frigates, Expedition Frigates, and more,
  • The introduction of the Drifters,
  • Carrier fighter changes and the introduction of Force Auxiliaries,
  • The long-awaited Ishtar rebalance,
  • The Aegis Sovereignty system,
  • Upwell Structures, including the complete overhaul of moon mining and redistribution of moon goo,
  • And of course, the transition of EVE Online to a restricted free-to-play model in the Ascension and Lifeblood expansions.

CCP Seagull was also instrumental in making the Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) event at FanFest 2017, the Kyonoke Inquest, happen. Her long-standing ties within the LARP community helped bring the Company P to Iceland for an interactive event that brought the HARPA to New Eden as the H4-RP4 Keepstar. The event was widely hailed as a success, and many in the EVE RP community have hoped it would lead to more direct interaction with the game at large Player Meets like EVE Vegas and EVEsterdam.

The transition period running up to Seagull’s official departure will be overseen by CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, A.K.A. CCP Hellmar, who has recently returned his focus to the detail of EVE’s development direction. Strong contenders to replace CCP Seagull include CCP Fozzie, one of EVE Online’s most prominent (and notorious) game design developers, and Sean Decker, Vice-President of Product Development and an ex-EA Play4Free Vice-President.

INN would like to thank Seagull for all her hard work over the course of her tenure at CCP, and wish her well in whatever new endeavour she sets her sights on. We also look forward to seeing who the future brings to EVE Online’s top spot, and wish them luck in filling a pair of deceptively large shoes.

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Comments

  • a simple merc

    good luck Seagull and don’t be a stranger , we will welcome you back at any time with open arms

    April 26, 2018 at 11:04 am
  • Carneros

    I will miss her and I know she will be successful in her next role. Thank you for everything you did for us over the years.

    April 26, 2018 at 11:07 am
    • Sirhan Blixt Carneros

      I basically came here to post this.

      April 27, 2018 at 5:06 am
  • Rolfski

    One of CCP Seagul’s greatest accomplishment imo is recognizing that a good, long-lasting MMO needs a balance between big Jezus updates that attract new players/ returning vets and smaller, more frequent updates to keep regular players happy.
    The current development cycle is the best and single most important thing that happened to this game imo (the f2p model coming in as a close second).

    April 26, 2018 at 11:26 am
  • chimpy

    Very sad news for the game. CCP Seagull’s credo of letting the players loose on the sandbox with the tools to make their own stories dispite the obvious risks of giving us a big bag full of sharp objects to play with has been great for Eve.
    CCP Seagull, just as we players leave patterns in the sand as we kill and steal from each other, you too have left your own patterns in the sandbox of Eve that will always be visible for as long as the sandbox exists. Thanks for all you have done for us and best wishes for your future Andie.

    April 26, 2018 at 12:55 pm
  • Pew Pew

    Good luck to her.

    I think her legacy isn’t very impressive. She talked a big game all about sandboxes and player freedom but what did she actually deliver on that front? The new structures are mostly clones of old structures.

    What can you do now in game you couldn’t before she started? Aegis sov is the big change that mattered and that hasn’t been well handled.

    April 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    • Casey Patterson Pew Pew

      boi

      April 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    • Carvj94 Pew Pew

      Sov changes were MAYBE the third biggest change under her. Upwell structures and jump fatigue being bigger and more important by far.

      April 26, 2018 at 9:20 pm
    • Kael Decadence Pew Pew

      Yeah I don’t actually know what she “did” at CCP. Reminds of that meme, “So what would you say you actually ‘DO’ here?”. LOL

      April 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm
    • Rammel Kas Pew Pew

      As I see it she may have been the oversight and 1000 foot view person on the team. There is a tendency for people to focus on their personal widget. So you often have to have someone on technical production teams who has to keep all the lemmings headed to the same cliff.

      April 27, 2018 at 6:38 am
  • DevilDude

    “Strong contenders to replace CCP Seagull include CCP Fozzie, one of EVE Online’s most prominent (and notorious) game design developers, and Sean Decker, Vice-President of Product Development and an ex-EA Play4Free Vice-President.”

    Everybody Riot.

    April 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    • Kael Decadence DevilDude

      Strong?

      April 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm
  • Kael Decadence

    Thank Bob.

    April 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm
  • dnara

    Whenever I hear an ex EA employee is one of the people under consideration for the job I cringe… I can’t believe I am saying this but I hope its Fozzie…. You will be missed Seagull. Good luck with your future and blessings to your family and new baby!

    April 27, 2018 at 3:46 am
  • Samantha Dax

    I’m going to miss Seagull and her little goofy laugh. Thanks Andie.

    April 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm
  • Arkady Vachon

    Looks like she has taken a position with Unity in Copenhagen, Denmark. Depending where she lives in Sweden, that’s just literally a drive over the long bridge between the two countries away.

    April 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm
  • Alot

    Would one dub it “The Age of Fozzie” or “The Fozzie Age”? ^^

    April 30, 2018 at 6:37 am
    • Kamar Raimo Alot

      The Fozzierian Age of course

      April 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm
  • “Strong contenders to replace CCP Seagull include CCP Fozzie, one of EVE Online’s most prominent (and notorious) game design developers, and Sean Decker, Vice-President of Product Development and an ex-EA Play4Free Vice-President.”

    Fuck.

    May 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm