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Volition’s founder and president Mike Kulas leaving the firm next week

Thursday, 28th April 2011 15:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Volition’s founder and president, Mike Kulas, will voluntarily step-down from the company next week stating he had been contemplating leaving the firm since last year.

Kulas has been part of the development firm for 18 years, five of which includes time at Volition’s predecessor, Parallax Software, which he co-founded with with Matt Toschlog in 1993. When the company split, Kulas went on to form Volition which is now owned by THQ.

Speaking with Illinois site The News-Gazette, Kulas said no particular event was behind his decision to leave the firm, and that with Red Faction: Armageddon finished and Saints Rows: The Third “in the home stretch,” it was the proper time to make good on his decision to leave.

Kulas said he doesn’t foresee returning to Volition, but it is “very important,” to him “that things at Volition continue smoothly.”

He also told the Gazette he has no immediate plans professionally, as he wants to “clear” his mind over the summer before deciding what he should do next.

Kulas also said that although 16 employees were recently laid-off from the firm, there are immediate redundancy plans in the studio’s near future.

Volition’s vice president of product development, Dan Cermak, will take over as Volition president on Monday when Kulas leaves. Cermak has been with the company since 2003.

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5 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Yikes. Always time to worry when the top bod suddenly jumps ship with ‘no immediate plans’.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Aww shit :(
    Volition is one of my fav devs with Saints Row & Red Faction under their name but when the top dog leaves, that’s never a good sign especially with both franchises releasing within the next few months.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Mondayding

    Why does ‘no immediate plans’ sound like ‘been asked to go work for someone else but can’t because my contract says I’m not allowed so I have to resign, pretend there’s nothing on the horizon and then, after a few months, suddenly appear as the head honcho of somewhere else’?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. rainer

    If you’d watched that documentary charting Volitions history that was doing the rounds 2 weeks or so ago you would have seen that Mike looked like he was ready to call it a day.

    I don’t think there is anything else behind the stepping down other than he is tired and probably doesn’t need to do this kind of work anymore.

    Still a shame to see him go after such a long run.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    The only thing I like from them is Free Space and they don’t make it anymore.

    #5 4 years ago

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