Laura Fryer and Epic Games are no strangers to each other, thanks to her past role as a Microsoft Games Studios executive producer, responsible for shipping Epic’s first two Gears of War titles for the Xbox 360.
This morning Epic named Fryer as the general manager for its recently announced Seattle studio.
Fryer, an early member of the Xbox team, most recently spent four years as general manager of WB Games Seattle.
“Laura Fryer is one of the brightest leaders of the game industry today, and we’re thrilled to have her guide our new Seattle studio,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps in a news release. “Laura was a key member of the ‘Gears of War’ team, and we’ve long hoped to work with her again.”
Epic, which recently saw the departure of its high-profile design director Cliff Bleszinski, is based in North Carolina. The company says its Seattle studio will focus initially on developing Unreal Engine 4, the new version of the game engine used in hundreds of video games.
The company lists seven open positions for the new Seattle office.