For those who haven't been following lately, JE and his crew were busy with the currently unannounced Fallout 3. This is the second person to drop from the lead design position at Black Isle in the past several months. Both people claimed this was their dream game. It really makes you think. Whatever his reason for leaving may be it still means Fallout 3 is more screwed now than it ever was.
And enough with the Troika getting the Fallout license already. Tim Cain is the original creator, but the only 2 game's he's released in the past several years are both largely underwhelming and unfinished. I'd rather they let it die and move on.