The lights are on
Paul Della Bitta, former global head of e-sports and community at Blizzard, Jungwon Hahn former head of Blizzard's Korean office, and Blaine Smith, who has a history in the Company of Heroes and God of War franchises, have come together to create Molten Games.
The new studio doesn't have any game announcements just yet, but it will be experimenting with the free-to-play model, and is committed to putting, "gameplay first and foremost."
The studio has already received a large investment from NCSoft, but it will not serve as a publisher of its games. Molten will own all of the rights to its original intellectual properties. NCSoft's investment awards the company assorted stock allocations.
You can find out more about the studio, you can check out its official website, as well the full press release announcing the studio and page two.
Our TakeIt's hard to get too excited about a new studio that has no games to show. That being said, there is an impressive pedigree of video game industry veterans here who certainly have the capacity to do something cool. We'll just have to wait and see.
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Let all the "they better than blizzard meh" wang-gobbling begin.
god of warcraft?????????
should be interesting to see what they come up with.
Free to play eh? Will be interesting to see what they put out.
Better than a story about a studio closing or filing bankruptcy.
Sweet hope to see a some good games come from this!
Liquid hot MAG.MA.
tis will probably be a very good thing
Awesome for them that they got some investment from NCSoft - that's a big deal. I feel like most startups these days either start really small (stupid mobile titles) or head straight to Kickstarter. It's nice to see someone go this route, and it says a lot to me that they're going to be a studio to watch if the Guild Wars/WildStar publisher sees enough potential there to throw some serious dinero their way.
I think Kyle hit it on the head here. It's hard to get too excited without having anything to show off. There are many Studio's in the industry, and alot of the former big names are still around somewhere, but what makes Molten Games stand out?
I guess it'll be worth keeping an eye out for, but I don't know if a free-to-play studio will be anything special in the near future.
I wonder what kind of IP's they will make...hmmmm...I bet it'll be good, given the track record of the two companies.
Keep in mind these are only 3 people from 3 different areas and not two whole companies merging. We have to wait to see what they come up with, and if NCSoft is involved I will have low expectations.
Online games... No thanks, pass and k thx byeeee
Sounds like a good mix to me