Team17 co-founder and 25 per cent stakeholder Martyn Brown has left the studio to pursue other interests, announcing the move on his Facebook profile.
Brown has been with the Yorkshire-based Worms and Alien Breed developer for 20 years, and says he is leaving on amicable terms to start work on an as yet unannounced project. He now describes himself as an 'Independent Video Game Consultant.'
"Ok, I can finally announce that I left Team17," wrote Brown on Facebook. "I had an amazing 20 year ride and whilst it's the end of a truly enjoyable period of my life, it equally signals the start of a really exciting new one.
"My sincere, heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped, in any way, shape or form over those two glorious decades. I leave Team17 in great shape, but now is time for my own adventure."
Brown wasn't prepared to give details of his new venture when contacted by GamesIndustry.biz, saying "I don't know what else to say, really - I've left." When asked about his 25 per cent stake in the company Brown said he was unable to comment on the matter.