Jessica Curry will step down from her role as co-head of The Chinese Room, the developer behind Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
Curry will remain as the UK studio’s composer and company director, but will step away from day-to-day development to pursue other opportunities, she explained in a blog post today.
Curry cites her health, experience working with publisher Sony, and constant sexism in the game industry as the primary reasons for her decision.
“Working with a publisher made me extremely unhappy and very ill,” Curry wrote. “In the end I didn’t even recognize myself anymore– I had turned from a joyful, fun-loving, creative, silly, funny person into a short-tempered, paranoid, unhappy, negative heap.”
Curry went on to discuss the sexism she faced working in the industry, and her withdrawal from the struggle to get women’s roles better recognized.
“Well, as tough as this is to admit to both myself and to you lot, this is one fight that I’m personally not going to win,” she said. “I leave it to people younger and fitter than me to carry on this crusade.”
The official Chinese Room Twitter account had this to say regarding Curry’s announcement: “Her leadership on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture cannot be understated. It’s a hell of a swansong and we’re so proud of her.”
The developer, which is known for its exploration-based, first-person games, said its working on its next game and that it will try to “continue her amazing work and stay true to the vision she’s created.”