New Marvel Game in Development by Ex-Hearthstone Devs

Yolanda Curtis
January 5, 2019

It's worth noting that Brode 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. If this ends up being a Marvel-themed CCG, then we can probably expect a similar business model to Hearthstone, where players get in for free, can grind for currency or just buy card packs outright. Ex-Hearthstone Director Ben Brode formed Second Dinner, and his team has been quiet until now. While acknowledging that it's going to take quite awhile to make, Hamilton Chu went as far to say he thinks it will be "the best game ever made".

In other words, you can safely assume this will be a mobile-first game, but there are still plenty of questions to answer, the most important being which Marvel IP it centres around.

Brode said in the newly released video that the studio has been working on the Marvel title for about six months at this point in time.

Between last fall's Spider-Man PS4, the upcoming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and the various mobile tiles21 now available, it looks like Marvel-based video games are coming back in a big way.

NetEase vice president Ethan Wang said: "The Second Dinner team has a strong track record of delivering quality games".

"I've worked with Hamilton and Ben for years and they are exactly who we want making Marvel games", said Jay Ong, the head of Marvel Games. "They'll help us support separate teams inside Bungie to bring our newest ambitions to life".

The developer is currently looking at taking on more staff, with openings now available for a full-time client engineer and technical artist.

Second Dinner have netted $30 million (£23.7m) from NetEase's minority investment, which should keep the lights on while they work on their mysterious whatever.

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