MMO Luminary J. Todd Coleman Leaves KingsIsle Entertainment

J Todd Coleman, creator of Wizard101 and Shadowbane, leaves his current role at KingsIsle Entertainment for mysterious pastures new.

J. Todd Coleman, Vice President and Creative Director of KingsIsle Entertainment, announced his departure on his Facebook page earlier today.

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Coleman was behind the family-friendly massively multiplayer online game Wizard101 and the upcoming Pirate101. According to Wikipedia, Wizard101, released in 2008, has had a steadily increasing player-base with 20 million reported in July 2011.

Coleman was also a key driving force behind Wolfpack Studio’s pioneering dynamic PvP MMO Shadowbane, which ran from 2003 to 2009.

In his Facebook statement, Coleman wrote;

“I have decided to leave KingsIsle and pursue my own course. This might sound crazy – and, full disclosure, it probably is – but it is something that I have to do… ”

There is no apparent acrimony and he described his time at KingIsle fondly, “What a fantastic experience this has been!… A handful of dreamers got together and turned an unknown start-up into the market leader for family online entertainment… That’s not something you see every day. I am blessed to have been able to play a role, and I know that I am leaving the company in capable hands.”

Coleman did not give many details regarding his future plans, but he evidently has something in the works, “What is next for me? I’m a storyteller, so I will keep doing what I do best – dream up ideas, breathe life into characters, build worlds for you to explore… only next time, I want to do it for myself. I’m an entrepreneur at heart. A new company, a new game, a new story… I’m not ready to say, but when I’ve got something to show, you guys will be the first to know.”

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