Seems to be a theme with some brilliant solo devs in 3d and motion graphics. They emerge, light up the sky, and…then…like Bobby Fisher or Kaiser Soze…disappear.
Rock stars that come out of nowhere with massive hits…followed with years of quiet. Cicadas waiting for just the right soil temperature…or something. They do super-human things but then seem assailed by super-human difficulties…or the need for super long reprieves.
I think of the creator of 3dQuakers, who occasionally emerges with something new…or teases something new (Rock Engine) only for it to disappear.
Or Robert Templeton of Kuroyume development.
The original creator of SurfaceSpread is yet another that comes to mind.