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Longtime Rare developer George Andreas leaves for Sony

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George Andreas, a longtime developer at Microsoft-owned Rare, has left the company for a position as creative director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, reports Eurogamer.

Andreas (above left) joined Rare in 1996, and is credited as creator, co-creator or creative adviser on many of the studio's games from Nintendo 64 through Xbox 360, including GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Tooie, Kameo: Elements of Power and Viva Piñata. He served as creative director of the studio from 2008 to 2011, during which he worked on the original Kinect hardware and launch titles like Kinect Sports.

Andreas started at Sony this month, working out of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's London office.

Other recent departures from Rare include Scott Henson and Lee Schuneman, although they left for Lionhead Studios and the newly created Lift London, respectively — both of which are also Microsoft-owned companies.