Gearbox co-founder Landon Montgomery has passed away

Known for his work on Half-Life, Halo and James Bond. 

Landon Montgomery, known for co-founding Gearbox Software and his work on several major gaming franchises, has died.

The news was publicly announced via a statement on Gearbox's Twitter account, which said the studio was heartbroken to learn of Montgomery's death.

"In our earliest years, Landon played a big role in helping to set our path", the statement reads. "We will always be thankful and remember him for being a part of our lives. During this trying time, our thoughts, support and affection are with those who were closest to him."

The cause of Montgomery's death has not been detailed.

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During his time at Gearbox, Montgomery oversaw day-to-day operations at the studio as it worked on major franchises such as Half-Life, Halo and Borderlands. He directed and produced Half-Life: Opposing Force, James Bond: Nightfire, and Gearbox's first independently-owned game Brothers in Arms.

Before co-founding Gearbox in 1999, Montgomery worked as an artist and level designer at Bethesda Softworks, where he worked on The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard and An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire. After leaving Gearbox in 2010, he spent a brief period as a manager at H1Z1 studio Daybreak Games before moving to Nvidia, where he was working as a producer at his time of death.

Tributes have been pouring in online for Montgomery, and it's clear his work had a major impact on many people's lives. "If it wasn't for Halo: Combat Evolved I don't think I could have ever entered game design", said one developer. "I'm heartbroken, Landon Montgomery and the games that he helped produced have impacted me in a very personal way, and have had a lasting effect on me and the stories that I like to tell", added another fan. "Rest easy."

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