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Civilization designer Soren Johnson joins Stardock Entertainment

Game designer Soren Johnson, best known for his work on the Civilization franchise, has joined Stardock Entertainment "at least for a while," CEO Brad Wardell announced via the Elemental forums.

Johnson will be working on Elemental: Fallen Enchantress - Legendary Heroes (pictured above), a standalone expansion to Fallen Enchantress that adds new monsters, abilities and more. Legendary Heroes was announced in February.

"We've brought on board someone many of you know — Soren Johnson (designer of Civilization 4) who has come to Stardock, at least for awhile, to oversee the design of all our games," Wardell wrote. "Obviously my boss, Derek [Paxton] ... will still be the one to ultimately approve and massage these designs, but we're grateful for Soren's help."

Wardell added that Johnson's influence "will be pretty obvious" in 2014-2016. For more than a year, Johnson has served as the design director at Zynga. Prior to that, he worked for Electronic Arts and Firaxis as a designer and programmer.

Elemental: Fallen Enchantress - Legendary Heroes is expected to launch in April.