Kotaku's long-time editor-in-chief, Brian Crecente announced today that he is leaving the website for greener -- and at this point unknown -- pastures. In a lengthy missive detailing his accomplishments and personal triumphs and tragedies, Crecente announced that Stephen Totilo would take the reins of the site as its new editor-in-chief effective immediately. Before coming to Kotaku in 2009, Totilo worked for MTV's game site MTV Multiplayer.
"I'm exceedingly proud of what Kotaku, its readers and its writers, have come together to create," said Crecente in his lengthy goodbye post. "That I was witness to it and managed to not mess it up too much, will always be something I cherish."
"Take care of each other, never forget the talent of these writers and editors, nor your responsibility as readers and community commenters," he continued. "Be kind, be fair, be here."
You can read his final post on Kotaku here. Totilo also posted an introduction as the new EIC of Kotaku. In that post he promised more of the same content Kotaku readers love, along with some new content that - he hopes - will bring them coming back for more. Crecente served as Kotaku's EIC for seven years and is rightly credited with making the site a household name among gamers all around the world.