Former Hearthstone director Ben Brode officially unveiled the first project he and his fellow Blizzard alums are working on at their new indie studio, and it's a Marvel game.
Brode, along with several ex-Blizzard colleagues including Hearthstone executive producer Hamilton Chu, left Blizzard last year and started up Second Dinner in Irvine, California. Today, the studio announced it received a hefty $30 million investment from Chinese game company NetEase which the studio is using to fund its Marvel game.
Brode says that the team is currently prototyping this Marvel project and playtesting it as well. And thanks to the investment Second Dinner is hiring full-time positions for one Client Engineer and one Technical Artist with plans to grow the current team of five by 10-15 people over the next couple of years.
During his stint at Hearthstone's director Brode often served as the public face of Blizzard's card game. Brode's departure made waves at the time, but as it turned out he wouldn't be the only high-profile departure from Blizzard that year as longtime Blizzard president Mike Morhaime also stepped down that year.
Brode got his start at Blizzard as a QA tester on World of Warcraft before working on Hearthstone for most of his Blizzard career. As such it's not hard to imagine Brode could be working on a card game for Marvel, though of course no official announcement has been made as to the genre of the product.
There have been several Marvel games in recent years for both mobile and console. Insomniac released a Spider-Man game exclusively for PS4 last year, and Square Enix is working on a still untitled Avengers game. Meanwhile Team Ninja announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 exclusively for the Switch late last year.
Eyes are on Brode to see what he and his cadre of ex-Blizzard employees will cook up for Marvel, especially in light of reports that their ex-employer Blizzard could be entering a period of closer integration with Activision.