With Marvel’s recent emphasis on creating engaging and top-notch gaming experiences over the past few years, more and more studios have found themselves under the wing of the comic legend. Now, it looks like the iconic brand is turning to a new independent studio composed of multiple former Blizzard employees to work on a new project using their cast of characters.
In a video release on the studio’s YouTube account, Second Dinner has announced they have received a $30 million investment from Chinese company NetEase, with their first game being set within the Marvel universe. Second Dinner, a new independent studio headed by former Hearthstone director Ben Brode, Hamilton Chu (executive producer for Hearthstone) along with multiple other ex-employees, recently opened their doors at the new studio and are hiring in Irvine, California. Brode explains that the group has been working on a prototype of the game for around six months, leading into their recent investment meetings.
This comes in the wake of a poor ending to 2018 for the group’s former employer Blizzard, who saw multiple pillars of the company leave including CEO Mike Morhaime. Cost-cutting became the focus around the gaming giant, resulting in the company ending its on-going development of its MOBA-styled PC game Heroes of the Storm. On top of that, fanfare for the company has been at an all time low, with many continuing to point at the reveal of Diablo Immortal, a mobile-based experience, at November’s BlizzCon 2018. Interestingly enough, NetEase, the company investing in Second Dinner, is the developer behind Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal.
No concrete details on the game have surfaced, but given the company’s previous experience with card-based games, staying in their wheelhouse could be a safe bet. No release date or development schedule has been announced.
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