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Madden NFL could go in "new direction" following departure of creative director

UDPATE: Former Overwatch producer Carlos Guerrero takes over series following Rex Dickson's depature

UPDATE: Carlos Guerrero appears to be the new man in charge of EA's flagship Madden franchise.

Forbes reports a change in Guerrero's LinkedIn profile lists him as senior producer for John Madden Football. Guerrero previously worked at Blizzard as senior game producer on Overwatch, and has also worked on World of Warcraft and several of its expansions.

It's expected that his experience in the realm of esports could come into play, with Electronic Arts potentially trying to increase the popularity of professional gaming around the football title.

ORIGINAL STORY (03/05/2018): After six years as creative director on Madden NFL, Rex Dickson has announced his departure from Electronic Arts, saying it presents an opportunity to take the franchise in a "new direction".

Dickson spent a total of 12 years with EA, working on both the Madden and Medal of Honor franchises.

"This decision was made after many discussions with other leaders on the team," he said on Twitter.

"We collectively agreed this was the best path forward for everyone involved. This is as much for me and my family as it is about giving the team, the community, and the Madden franchise a chance for a new direction."

While no specific reason was given, Dickson said there was "no drama or deeper story" and that working on Madden NFL was a "lifelong dream realised".

Dickson worked on and shipped Madden NFL 13 - 18, along with some time spent on the unreleased Madden NFL 19. Other titles in his portfolio include Homefront, Turok, and the cancelled NCAA series.

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