Due to Silent Hill: Downpour's delay from November 2011 to Q1 2012, designer Brian Gomez has decided to throw in the towel in order to spend more time with his family.
The developer Vatra Games is actually based in Czech Republic, so in order for Gomez to even work on the game, he needed to commute from his home in Los Angeles to Czech Republic which meant about $800 per flight and nearly 11 hours on a direct flight. Gomez decided that he could not take six months more of this and thus decided to step out.
"When it was announced that Downpour was being delayed to 2012, my family and I came to the decision that I couldn't keep making the commute between Los Angeles and Brno for another four to six months," Gomez said of his departure. "Downpour is so close to completion, there's not a lot more that I can personally do for the project that Devin, Tomm, and Marek Berka cannot handle on their own."
Gomez did promise that he will not be leaving the games industry though, and that he hopes to stay within the horror genre. Guess we'll see how Downpour plays out when it releases early next year.
Source: Silent Hill Historical Society