Last year, a handful of Blizzard employees left the company to form their own called Second Dinner. They're now working on an unannounced Marvel game which the team describes as "a kernel of a fun idea" that they've been playtesting an early prototype of. While the new venture has been quiet since its inception, the team just announced that they've partnered with Marvel for their first game. "And that's money in hand with no need to sing and dance for milestone payments or desperately try to find new investors along the way".
There are no concrete details (or even satisfactory hints) about the parts of the Marvel universe Second Dinner's game features. Now, two of the developers behind Blizzard Entertainment's online card game, Hearthstone, are getting in on the action.
The announcement came along with news that the studio has raised a $30 million minority investment from NetEase, allowing the team to expand beyond its initial five founders and open an office in Irvine, CA. It's going to be wonderful!
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"In all likelihood, this will be the best game ever made", says Second Dinner's Hamilton Chu, an ex-executive producer on Hearthstone. No specific platforms have been announced for this game but depending on what type of game this ends up being, we could see PC and mobile targeted. "Or Mighty! Or quite possibly all of the above!" Marvel Games Executive Vice President Jay Ong said that Brode and Chu are "exactly who we want making Marvel games".
Second Dinner is now looking for a client engineer and technical artist, and it's "really excited" to get some new perspectives on its game, Brode said. Since then, their team has been busy prototyping a new game.
He added: "They and the team they've assembled at Second Dinner have made some of the greatest games in history".