Former LucasArts President Joins Dungeon Defenders as CEO


Independent developer Trendy Entertainment has hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its new CEO. Trendy Entertainment, best known for its action-RPG Dungeon Defenders, is hoping the former LucasArts president will help lead their company to future success.

Rodriguez tells Game Industry Biz:

“When I first visited here I saw tremendous potential–both in Dungeon Defenders II and their cross platform backend and technology, Playverse, and needed to be a part of it. Working with talented, passionate people and putting them and customers first to help unlock Trendy Entertainment’s potential is why I’m here,” Rodriguez said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most talented and passionate people across various creative industries and at some of the most renowned companies in the world. I am equally impressed and blessed to work with the passion and skill that exist at Trendy.”

He also discussed that Trendy Entertainment will have more than just Dungeon Defenders. While Dungeon Defenders 2 is currently in development, he says there is more to come from the label.

“I can tell you we are certainly not a single game company. Dungeon Defenders is just the beginning,” he said, noting that other properties will be built on Playverse as well.

At LucasArts, Rodriguez worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and the special re-release edition of Secret of Monkey Island. He also worked for EA on games like Medal of Honor and Command and Conquer.

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.