Hell Let Loose producer James Light has passed away due to complications resulting from cardiac surgery. He was 28.
The Hell Let Loose dev team shared the news on Reddit and said Light is “one of the key reasons” the project has achieved success.
Light began his career in video games in 2018, joining Hell Let Loose publisher Team17’s QA department to work on the multiplayer shooter.
He quickly rose through the ranks to eventually become a producer on the project, and is described by his colleagues as someone who possessed an “incredible work ethic, humility, and enduring kindness.”
“Despite being extremely effective, he was always the first to champion the efforts of others and bring praise to the team as a whole,” wrote Team17 community manager Greg Medlin.
“His achievements — though quiet — saw him develop into the role of production assistant, and then several months ago receive his final promotion to the position of producer — formalizing his role in overseeing the entire PC development side of Hell Let Loose.
“He had more knowledge of the game than perhaps anyone else — certainly more than me — having reported and studied thousands of bugs — knowing every intricacy and nuance across every aspect of the game.”
The team said Light made an “indelible impression on the game,” before adding that he also “made that same impression on us.”