Epic and Blizzard Stepping Ahead with The New Studio to ‘Revolutionize’ RPGs

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Few former Blizzard and Epic Games developers have created Lightforge Games, a brand new independent studio specialized in RPGs. The team has informed, they are working on “a new cross-platform, social videogame where players have the power to create worlds and tell stories in unprecedented freedom.”

This studio was founded by Matt Schembari (the former UI director of Epic), Nathan Fairbanks (former project manager and producer of BioWare, Epic, and ZeniMax Online), Dan Hertzka, Marc Hutcheson (former marketing manager and brand manager at Blizzard and Epic), and Glenn Rane (former art director of Blizzard).

“We all love highly social, creative games, and we particularly love games where players drive the narrative,” CEO Schembari said. “We are looking to combine elements from Minecraft or Roblox with tabletop RPGs to form a new way to play roleplaying games. Given our backgrounds, making a game that looks to revolutionize RPGs was an obvious choice.”

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The all-remote studio raised recently around $5 million from multiple investors and companies, including Dreamhaven, the indie developer and publisher created by ex-Blizzard founder Mike Morhaime in the last year, who states that the studio “has a ton of potential.”

Lightforge Games has recently expanded its team by hiring Jarred Everson (former character artist at Blizzard), Bridget Collins (former game designer at Blizzard), and also software engineers John Gross (Epic Games) and Donal Mac (Epic Games). Although, they are hiring for more roles like community manager and lead animator.


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