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David Brevik quits Gazillion and Marvel Heroes

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  1. Rushster

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    Not Diablo news but it's related as all us here at Diabloii.Net are huge fans of David Brevik's work on Diablo and Diablo 2. Today he announced that he has left Gazillion and Marvel Heroes to start a new venture.

    Back in August I had the chance to sit down with David for an informal catch-up and he explained to me that he was missing developing games, especially programming. He issued a statement earlier to Gamasutra which explains his reasons for leaving and reiterates what he told me back in August.

    David issued the following statement.
    Almost 7 years ago, I joined Gazillion as the Creative Director for a new Marvel product. I still can’t believe that this dream came true. I have been a life-long Marvel fan and I really relished the opportunity to create a unique and fun Marvel game.

    Over the course of the next year, my job really changed. I went from Creative Director to the head of all Gazillion studios (there were many locations back in those days). Slightly after that, I was promoted to President and COO of the company and I became more and more distant from the project that brought me to Gazillion. About six months before Marvel Heroes launched, I became CEO, which is the position I have held for about three years now.

    As CEO, I spent most of my time running the company. I played the game a lot, talked about the game a lot and added lots of feedback and new ideas, but that is a very different job than being a Creative Director. After doing this for several years, I really want to get back to developing games and programming. I got into this industry to make games and I miss the day-to-day creation process.

    That said, it was difficult, because I love Marvel Heroes. I love our community. I love the team I helped assemble. We have an incredibly talented staff here and I know that the game is in great hands. I believe in the future of the game and I know a lot of the amazing things that are being worked on. The game has some really cool features coming that I know I will enjoy. Yes, I will still be playing the game. Yes, I will still be streaming. I will still be sending the team feedback and information and suggestions. I may not work at Gazillion, but I love this game. I’m very proud of what we accomplished.

    As for what’s next, I am going to go indie. I’m going back to doing the things I love most: programming and making games. We will have more information about that in the future.​

    As fan of his work I look forward to seeing what he has planned in the months ahead.

    Thanks PC Invasion.
    Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
     
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    What I thought. GnR can reunite, so why not Blizzard and Brevik? :)
     
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    Hellgate London 2 please ;)
     
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    His new company — Graybeard Games: http://www.graybeardgames.com/

    «Graybeard Games is a very small independent game company founded by video-game industry veteran David Brevik and located in San Francisco, California. We are committed to making unique, fun, high-quality products that inspire our passion for gaming. We closely engage with our community and believe that open, honest, feedback results in the best entertainment.»
     
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    Yes. HG:L - VR!
     
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    Perhaps he could get hands on Marc Laidlaw. Could pose an interesting base brainpool for interesting new game ideas this way ...
     
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    Marvel Heroes is a great game and it's free to play too. Has about 52 heroes to choose from.
     
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    What a wild speculations here. All i know from Diablo history: Brevik doesn't interested in storytelling. And Laidlaw want step back from game development.
     
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    More wishful thinking, rather than even 'wild speculation': Yes, Laidlaw wants to go back writing his own storylines, for the time being. In a small team with Brevik he would have that opportunity, though, as well as the creative freedom for it. (-> You said it yourself: Brevik ain't the storytelling guy, but would benefit from having such a guy at hands.)

    PS: Yes, Laidlaw talked about him writing books again. I know...
     

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