Editor’s note: This blog post has been corrected to note that Rod Fergusson left Epic games, not Tim Sweeney.

Epic Games is refilling its management ranks with what the gaming and technology company describes as a “trusted, familiar face.”

Paul Meegan, formerly president of LucasArts, has joined the Cary-based company as vice president of product development.

“Epic’s business has evolved incredibly over the past two decades, and throughout that time, our hiring philosophy has remained constant: ‘hire the best and the brightest,’” said Mike Capps, Epic’s president. “Paul’s been a friend of the Epic family for years, and we’re delighted to have him join the team. His experience and leadership will have a huge impact on our mission to deliver great games and great technology.”

Epic, in its 20th year, has recently lost creative guru Cliff Bleszinski and a top development executive in Rod Fergusson.

Meegan, who founded Triangle-based Sinister Games in 1997, is familiar to Epic since he not only worked with Epic in developing a Star Wars title for LucasArts that was powered by Epic’s Unreal game engine but also helped kickstart Epic Games in China in 2006.

At Ubisoft, which acquired Sinister in 2000, Meegan helped develop such games as Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Myst III: Exile, Epic noted in the hiring announcement.

“I’m really happy to be back in the Epic family and working with some of the best developers in the industry,” Meegan said. “Epic has demonstrated success in AAA PC and console games, mobile entertainment and the engine technology business. Epic is well-positioned to grow and thrive in the years ahead. The company is stepping up its game across the board, and I’m honored to be a part of that process.”

“Epic’s business has evolved incredibly over the past two decades, and throughout that time, our hiring philosophy has remained constant: ‘hire the best and the brightest,’” said Mike Capps, president of Epic. “Paul’s been a friend of the Epic family for years, and we’re delighted to have him join the team. His experience and leadership will have a huge impact on our mission to deliver great games and great technology.”

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