Marvel Heroes Creator Leaving Developer to go Independent

David Brevik, who was behind the comic book MMORPG Marvel Heroes has issued a statement saying he is leaving the studio to make indie games.

Marvel Heroes 2015

A plethora of massively multiplayer online role-playing games, known better as MMORPG’s, have flooded the PC games market in recent years with generally positive reception from gamers. One such game is Gazillion Entertainment’s Marvel Heroeswhich had struggled to find its niche in the crowded market of 2013, but was later relaunched in the summer of 2014 as Marvel Heroes 2015.

Headed by CEO David Brevik, Gazillion Entertainment, alongside developers Secret Identity Studios, ensured Marvel Heroes 2015 made improvements over the original game, and that it included new content for users to play. The title was similar to the Diablo series in its gameplay, as Brevik’s influences could be seen from his time at Blizzard North, where he helped create and develop the first Diablo game. And now, following the success of Marvel Heroes, the acclaimed designer has surprised many by stating he plans to step away from Gazillion Entertainment to pursue other endeavors.

In a blog post on the Marvel Heroes forum, Brevik announced he would be stepping down as CEO of Gazillion because he missed the “day-to-day creation process” of making games. He also spoke about his lost aspirations -- after transitioning from developer to creative director to finally becoming CEO -- saying:

"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."

Marvel Heroes 2015 Screenshot

In his post, Brevik thanked his former staff and the Marvel Heroes community for their support, but mostly he spoke about his plans for the future and what projects he aims to tackle:

"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."

Whatever he does to follow-up Marvel Heroes, it is safe to assume Brevik’s next game will be some sort of action RPG. As a creator and developer, Brevik's resumé includes games like the aforementioned Diablo series and Hellgate: London. To the great disappointment of many, Brevik's blog post seemingly quashes any hope of his return to the Diablo games -- perhaps to shepherd the inevitable Diablo 4 -- but with any luck, his next video game endeavor will just as popular, if not more so than what's come before.

Marvel Heroes 2015 released on June 4, 2014 for PC.

Source: Marvel Heroes

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