Cryptic’s Jack Emmert now heads up DCUO at Daybreak Austin


Jack Emmert, known to MMORPG players chiefly for his role as co-founder of Cryptic Studios, has been appointed CEO of Daybreak’s — yes, that Daybreak — Austin studio, according to a press blast released today.

Formerly one of the minds behind Champions Online and classic City of Heroes, he will now oversee DC Universe Online.

The PR quotes Emmert as saying he’s proud of his work at Cryptic. “As a lifelong comic book fan, I’m thrilled to become part of the DCUO team and eager to engage and play alongside new communities of players. I look forward to being a part of the future of DCUO, as well as guiding our roster of new titles out of Daybreak Austin.”

As of post time, it is unclear when Emmert’s tenure as CEO of Cryptic, a position he’d held since 2011, ended.

Source: Press release via Gamasutra. Thanks, Ceder!
Daybreak has updated its own site with a brief Q&A with Emmert.

“Naturally, DCUO is near and dear to me. I’ve been a fan of the game since it launched and having an opportunity to be on this team is truly amazing. And Daybreak, to me, is the godfather of the MMORPG industry. Without EverQuest, we never would have seen City of Heroes, World of Warcraft, or any of the other great MMOs that came out. Because of so many seminal games, Daybreak has an unparalleled community of fans who’ve loyally followed the company for years. There’s few places that an MMO developer can go that are so set up for success.”


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