Ex-Hearthstone Devs Are Working On A New Marvel Game
Five former members of Blizzard Entertainment, all of whom worked on the company’s digital card game Hearthstone, have a new studio and a newly announced deal with Marvel Entertainment to make games. The studio, Second Dinner, is working on an unannounced game for Marvel with some financial help from NetEase, the Chinese internet company.
Second Dinner is working on a new game in the Marvel universe, after raising a $30 million from a minority investment by Chinese mega-company Netease. Though the press release doesn’t mention what kind of game we can expect, the team is very enthusiastic about their time play testing and the feedback they’ve been receiving.
The Second Dinner website also suggests that the project will take a very broad, all encompassing approach to the Marvel cast, saying that it will have Hellcow the vampiric cow (a real character) and Throg, the Mighty Frog of Thunder (also real), and “also Spider-Man and the Avengers and the X-Men.” That kind of big, gang’s-all-here cast would be ideal for a CCG.
There is one way to find out ahead of everyone else, however. Second Dinner is now looking to hire a client engineer and a technical artist, and if you apply and get hired then they’ll show you what’s going on.
It’s worth noting that NetEase and many at Second Dinner were members of Blizzard’s Team 5, the original creators of Hearthstone, those who weren’t would later join the game’s core team. The title is early in development, though, so it may be a while before we hear more.
There’s no time frame given for a full announcement or release, but the NetEase investment “should take us all the way through shipping our first game,” the studio said, “with no need to sing and dance for milestone payments or desperately try to find new investors along the way.” NetEase is also the company that’s partnered with Blizzard on Diablo Immortal, the mobile game that was announced to something less than acclaim at last year’s BlizzCon.