Former Valorant game director is now "working on new stuff" at Bungie

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Valorant's former game director Joe Ziegler has left his role at Riot Games to join Destiny developer Bungie.

"I am departing with a heart full of gratitude for Riot Games and all of you for the amazing memories we've shared together," Ziegler wrote on Twitter. Shortly after, he followed this up with an update on his future plans: "Happy to announce my new home is at Bungie working on new stuff that hopefully will one day get to be played by you all." 

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Ziegler joined Riot Games as a game designer back in 2010. He was instrumental in shaping the studio's free-to-play hero shooter Valorant and spent eight years working on the game before stepping down from his position as game director in 2021. 

According to his LinkedIn profile, he's joining Bungie as a game director, but what exactly he'll be working on remains a mystery for now. It doesn't appear to be Destiny 2-related – though fans of the Crucible are hoping Ziegler's experience may buoy the MMO's long-struggling PvP – but rather attached to a new project the studio has in the pipeline. Various job listings have hinted at a new "multiplayer action game," seemingly with "MMO, F2P, and mobile" elements in the works at Bungie, which may or may not be a modern-day revival of its Marathon series

Earlier this year, Bungie teased players by confirming that an Easter egg related to the studio's new IP is hidden somewhere in Destiny. Over in the world of Valorant, an immensely dedicated player recently managed to achieve Immortal rank, the second-highest rank in the game, using only a pistol.

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Anne-Marie Ostler
Freelance Writer

Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.