News crept out onto the interwebs today that Gazillion Entertainment, publisher of a bunch of Marvel game titles including the resurrectedÂ Marvel MMO, have got themselves a new Studio Director for their development studio Gargantuan in the shape of David Brevik.
For those of you that don’t know the name, Brevik was co-founder of Blizzard North, developers of Diablo, Diablo II and Battle.net. He then went on to form Flagship Studios, developers of the ill fated Hellgate: London (looked great on paper, not so hot on execution). From there he moved to become Creative Director at Turbine helping produce the wonderfully absorbing Lord of the Rings Online.
So 2 big hits, battle.net, 1 miss, and 1 beautifully crafted (if a little over shadowed by it’s WoWness) online world. This can only be a good thing i think for Marvel, especially given it’s troubled past in the MMO area. The first Marvel MMO had been under development by Cryptic Studios, but was cancelled in early ’08 (for no obvious reason other than it looked like Marvel got cold feet about the whole MMO thing). In March ’09 they signed an exclusive 10-year deal with Gazillion for a number of games including a Marvel MMO, and with this appointment, it looks like they’re serious about getting the MMO moving in the right direction again.