David Brevik’s new company is Graybeard Games; expect an RPG

During a stream of Marvel Heroes led by his wife last night, former Gazillion CEO David Brevik announced that his new company is called Graybeard Games. He didn’t elaborate on his first project except to say it will be a PC game, probably “RPG-oriented” and will begin with just himself; he says he can’t imagine more than three people on his future team.

Brevik announced yesterday that he was parting ways with Gazillion, amicably, because he wanted to return to developing games and programming specifically. “I got into this industry to make games,” he told Marvel Heroes players, “and I miss the day-to-day creation process.” He repeated those feelings on the stream starting at roughly the 9:00 mark.

“The fact of the matter is that being CEO doesn’t allow me to be a game developer. […] I still could contribute; I still was able to give feedback and come up with ideas and direct some stuff […] from afar – but not really be involved with the actual creation of the game and not doing any programming and things like that. In fact, Marvel Heroes is the very first game that I’ve ever worked on that I didn’t do any programming. […] Being CEO for a while is just… I didn’t get into the video game industry to be a CEO, right? I didn’t grow up when I was a kid and say, ‘I can’t wait to be CEO of a company.'”

“It’s a little soul-sucking,” his wife chimes in.

“I want to make games,” he says.

“I don’t want to play politics 24-7, constantly be raising money, and doing dog-and-pony shows. […] It’s just not very fun. It’s not what I want to do. It’s not creating something; it’s just sustaining something. And though I love Marvel Heroes — I mean, I REALLY love Marvel Heroes, […] the fact is that I want to MAKE a game again. I want to program again. I want to be deeply involved with something and make it [a] personal effort, and that’s what I’m going to get back to. […] I’ve got to do something for myself here; I’ve got to start creating again. I just wasn’t happy at the end. Playing boss all the time is not as fun as making games.”

Later in the stream (16:57), he confirms that Gazillion’s Marvel Heroes team is still large at 60 people strong and that Marvel Heroes Raid Night will continue.

Source: Twitch, Graybeard Games. With sincere thanks to Balsbigbrother, especially for the timestamps!
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MetaDune
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MetaDune

libertylion7 there’s tons of those…. Play witcher 3 or fallout 3 for example….

libertylion7
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libertylion7

Awesome!  MMOs of today have totally left me uninterested.  I’m much more inclined to play a single player ‘real’ RPG.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

I honestly hope we get something totally new and not just another deviation of an existing arpg.

xk_tweets
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xk_tweets

camelotcrusade Makes me think of the old country B-side song Graybeard, about the only gunslinger who got old enough to have one, and who shot down all the young gunslingers that came his way. :D

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

thatchefdude Path of Exile?

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Please make a spiritual successor to Diablo 2 on Kickstarter or something…..fuck that Diablo 3 bullshit….

IndigoSalma
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IndigoSalma

Called it in the other article =3.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Scarecrowe A Dad Supreme “He didn’t elaborate on his first project except to say it will be a PC game, probably “RPG-oriented” and will begin with just himself;”

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Being surrounded by people irl who chase titles as if they’re the most important thing in the work world, and witnessing the peter principle as a very infuriating reality. It’s pretty refreshing to see someone step away and say ” I don’t want to be that, I want to do something fun ”

As a lover of all things RPG, I’m looking forward to seeing what he creates.

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

A Dad Supreme
He said nothing about it being a multiplayer game, did he?

ThreeSpeed
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ThreeSpeed

I think he left last October but held off announcing it. I wish him the best of luck and will be following his next project.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

The real question is whether this will be a PvE game or a PvE game at the core.
That is really the only question that matters in the long run.

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

The name makes me think of Terry Pratchett’s silver horde, a band of retired adventurers.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus
MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Diablo 1 gritty styled ARPG fully featured mmo with conquerable maps, castles, dungeons, raids and world first ARPG ocean/ship combat.
Do it.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Obviously he put a lot of thought into it and is ready to hit the ground running.  Good luck.

woolydub
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woolydub

I really dig Brevik. I don’t often tune into streams as watching people play games when I could be playing them myself seems a no brainer. It is amusing watching him drink scotch and be very candid though. Whatever game that dude decides to make, I will get it. He seems like a down dude.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

I am really glad that both Mr & Mrs B are going to continue streaming as they are both a lot of fun to watch (though at times they certainly stray into 18 rated stuff so be warned) :-)  They both show a keen insight into the gaming and game development with plenty of inside stories to share, especially after Mr B has had a scotch or six :p
Later in that stream Mr B (about 01:56:47 ish)  has some interesting remarks about the whole kickstarter process. I think its fairly safe to say that his new project won’t be going down that route to get it going.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Much respect for his logic.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

It is a great move, for a lot of these talented experienced developers.  Rebel Galaxy was made by the guys behind Torchlight, Diablo etc, and it is a great game for something developed by 2 people.  I can see him and a couple of others pull something like that off.

TBPlayer2112
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TBPlayer2112

Love the name! Can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

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