A flight between Los Angeles and the Czech city of Brno is around 13 hours and costs approximately $1,200 round trip. Even assuming Silent Hill: Downpour Design Director Brian Gomez got travel compensation, that’s one hell of a commute. Gomez recently announced his departure from Downpour‘s production, cited the traveling as his chief reason for leaving.
Gomez explained in a message posted on the Silent Hill Historical Society, “When it was announced that Downpour was being delayed to 2012, my family and I came to the decision that I couldn’t keep making the commute between Los Angeles and Brno for another 4-6 months. Downpour is so close to completion, there’s not a lot more that I can personally do for the project that Devin, Tomm, and Marek Berka cannot handle on their own. I gave my notice a few weeks ago, setting Halloween as my last day. (Seemed fitting!)”
Gomez also stated his intentions to continue work in the survival horror genre. Silent Hill: Downpour (originally planned for this month) was recently delayed until Q1 2012.
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