Confirmation of his departure from the studio was announced on the official Rise of the Tomb Raider Tumblr page.
Details on Horton’s next project weren’t disclosed, saying only that he was leaving to pursue a “new adventure”.
It’s been a huge honor to be a part of the Tomb Raider franchise and the team at Crystal Dynamics. I’ve met fans from all over the world, both in person and online, to share in our love for the franchise and Lara Croft. After working on two amazing games, my family and I have decided to return to Southern California and start a new adventure. As sad as I am to leave the team at Crystal, I’m excited to play their future games as a fan. Thanks again for the years of support and feedback and I hope to stay in touch with you all online.
Horton worked for Disney Interactive Studios, Dreamworks Interactive, Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal Games and The Collective; before joing Crystal Dynamics in 2009 as senior art director for Tomb Raider.