Diablo vets form Hyboreal Games

Former Blizzard employees blow into new Northern California studio; team already at work on new game franchise.

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The growing community of independent game development studios just increased its population by one. Hyboreal Games formally announced its existence today and has set up shop in Northern California. The studio was founded by former employees of Blizzard North, where the PC game Diablo was created.

Game vets Michio Okamura, Eric Sexton, and Steven Woo, all of whom worked on the popular Diablo franchise, lead the studio's creative team.

Hyboreal already has a game in development, and though today's official release doesn't mention any genre, name, or platform, it does hint that the company has plenty of confidence in it.

"The company is establishing a new best-selling game franchise by applying the proven formula of mass accessibility, addictive game play and longevity through re-playability," reads the statement.

The franchise is likely Starfall, a game briefly mentioned on the company's Web site. There's little to go on besides a picture of a very busty heroine in futuristic gear, but with the company saying it is "focusing on making games for the PC" and repeated reminders that its experience lies with Diablo, an action role-playing game for the PC is likely. There is no timetable for the game's release.

Discussion

25 comments
MetallicBrain
MetallicBrain

It's time to make a new diablo, like WoW.... World of Diablo!

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

Jesus christ, Blizzard need's to stop humping Warcraft and make another Diablo for hell sake, I'm sick of waiting already.

crazy_boy166
crazy_boy166

Sweeth i just cant wait for another one, the first and second was great online and even at single player.GO BLIZZARD GO!!!!!

Terminator14
Terminator14

I'm sure in the future we can expect some great RPG's from these guys, man I can't wait, maybe a new Starcraft game is in the works, a massive online RPG, or maybe just an RPG?

farnes
farnes

looking forward for it.....let's see what comes out of them....

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Good stuff, go independent developers with great talent.

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

except when WoW dies and has no uuser base >_>

griftgfx
griftgfx

It's totally not fair to compare guildwars to WOW--and Blizzard would be smart not to try to make Diablo 3 something comparable to WOW either. There's pretty much zero chance that Bliz can come out with D3 without distracting their WoW userbase..but that's why the game has to do things significantly differently as to not really disturb the masses..but rather get those people playing games like GW into Diablo again. Lets face it--GW has a hell of a lot more in common with D2 than it does WoW--and I expect as much of D3--a instanced world--at the very least. This new studio comming out with something simular can only mean one thing though--less time on my hands.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

Looks like some kinda blend between Motoko Kusanagi (of Ghost in the Shell fame), Aeon Flux and the heroine from ONI to me. Still, scantily-clad busty chicks with guns are OK by me.

dmak
dmak

well hopefully it is more successful that guildwars was compared to its rival WOW...

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

Nice way to rig a bet dude it can't be diablo 3 blizzard has the licensed as we say over on gamefaqs "fusion mailed"

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

I'll shave my head and glue it to my face if it's Diablo 3.

ewjim
ewjim

Sounds promising, lets wait and see... 8)

AdrianWerner
AdrianWerner

Yeah! New PC developer ! :D THis is taken feom their webpage The target market for Hyboreal Games is the PC market. It's a proven market with past success that this team has years of expertise working in. Tailoring the game to hit low-end systems (the fastest growing PC market share) and laptop computers, allows for more sales in a larger well-established market. Surprisingly, this also brings less competition in an open market ripe with opportunity. looks like they will follow Blizzard's route

PringerX
PringerX

This actually sounds good...

sacredBed
sacredBed

they should make it like esthar from ff 8 futureistic like. futurey but not to futurey. diablo on the ds would be awsome with wifi and stuff. +it would cut down on the hackers! touch screen and stuff.... newaysi wonder if it will still have runes or will they rplace them with some futuristic gem thing?

niko44
niko44

Ahhh....PC?!Come on guys make a diablo like game for the DS or PSP with wi-fi!

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

mass accessibility=low system requirements at least in my mind (and the fact one of the resons diablo II is still played is you don't need a super computer to do so)

pcjunkie86
pcjunkie86

Sweet, glad to hear another presige PC game company is entering the maket. With former Bliz employees, no less!

Puppy0
Puppy0

Is that chick kicking somebody in the face or am I blind. Blizzard North has been absent too long, now let's just round up the wing commander people and Origin Systems... or are they all dead now?

CyphenX
CyphenX

So... We're getting Diablo II... in the future... with boobs...? SWEET!!!

CyphenX
CyphenX

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RpgReaver
RpgReaver

Sweet! This and HellGate: London.

Sabooya
Sabooya

Yahhy another WOW!!!! Well im lookin forward to what evr this is. Maybe it will be another perfect dark type game. A fps based on a chick? A bunch of them have been in the works wouldnt be surprised if it was...