A number of former Cryptic Studio developers have gone independent, forming a brand-new studio called Cold Iron. The studio has been on the books since November 2015, with today marking its official announcement. Cold Iron is currently working on an original science-fiction game developed in Unreal Engine 4.
"We couldn't be more excited to finally introduce the world to Cold Iron," said studio founder and CEO Craig Zinkievich. "We decided to start this studio last year with exactly one goal in mind: to create compelling games that we wanted to play absolutely all the time. To do that, we put together a pitch, built a great prototype, got fully-funded, and are now building an unstoppable team. We're working hard on a AAA online action game that is literally out of this world, and we cannot wait to share it with you."
Zinkievich was formerly the chief operating officer of Cryptic Studios, having previously worked on Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and City of Heroes. Cold Iron's chief technology officer is Shannon Posniewski, who was a director of programming and game director at Cryptic, working on City of Heroes/Villains, Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter. Creative director Matt Highison was previously the art director for Neverwinter, and the senior lead character artist for Star Trek Online and Champions Online.
The studio is currently hiring for several positions.