Champions Online leaves Cryptic North for Cryptic Studios

    
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Big (but not bad) news for Champions Online: The superhero title is relocating along with its team back to its original development studio.

Senior Game Designer Randy Mosiondz said that the team is leaving Seattle’s Cryptic North and joining the rest of Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos, California with Mosiondz as the title’s lead. Champions Online left Cryptic Studios for Cryptic North in 2013, when the latter was fashioned from the former team and efforts of Pirates of the Burning Sea’s Flying Lab Software.

Mosiondz assauged fears on the forums by taking questions about the move from fans and said that the team is hard at work at Champions’ future: “We’ve already started work on some new costumes including the Variable Robot set and Steel Arachnid set from the earlier fan-submitted costume contest, and [are] planning new content updates.”

[Source: Announcement, forum thread. Thanks to Psi, Mjcbarnes, and ItsBrou for the tip!]
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BKone SimyJo We were building the engine and the game at the same time. CO started out as Marvel Online before Microsoft pulled the plug on us, so it was originally designed as a console game (the combat at least was build with the thought of using a controller instead of a keyboard). The reason Champs is so sucky is because we had about 50% of the functionality that STO and NW have while making it:(

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Sure they’ll add new content. Just $9.95 for a key to open a lockbox with a whole .05% chance of having the promised content.

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LegendOfVinnyT Werewolf Finds Dragon CNorth new the engine before they were hired; it’s why they were hired. They had licensed it for another project that didn’t happen.

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syberghost Domesticon warcabbit Me too! I’m in Seattle now and haven’t heard of any layoff’s so that is a good sign:)

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darkthunder84 update; I read this wrong, they aren’t moving. The game is moving back down to Los Gatos. Dunno what CN guys are doing now, hopefully working on one of the as-yet-unannounced Cryptic projects. I’d hate to see them all lose their jobs.

I know they worked on Neverwinter before they took over CO development, so there’s a good chance they’re working on the new game(s).

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Domesticon warcabbit ah yeah, I see that; I should have clicked through, the Massively summary was slightly misleading. Or at least how I read it was.

Bummer; I hope this doesn’t mean the CN guys are out of work.

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Midgetsnowman LegendOfVinnyT Werewolf Finds Dragon Yea, I was working on champs from the start, and even us who worked on it (content side) didn’t have any idea about the 0 day patch, Talk about a kick in the pants when it comes to seeing your baby to the world only to have it get shit all over when it finally launches.

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warcabbit They were 2 separate offices and teams, I don’t think anyone in Seattle actually moved back down to San Jose.

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darkthunder84 syberghost you think it’d be good news for the game if instead they’d been fired?

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syberghost Great news for the devs perhaps (who didn’t end up on unemployment). For the game? Remains to be seen…