Flagship alums opening Turbine West

Hellgate: London castaways join crew of Lord of the Rings Online developer's new California studio.

Amid ongoing reports of doom and gloom, Flagship Studios CEO and cofounder Bill Roper confirmed the worst in July, saying that his studio had undergone wide-scale layoffs. In the wake of that announcement, former Flagship staffers Travis Baldree and Max Schaefer joined several other castaways in forming a new studio devoted to online action role-playing games, Runic Games.

Now, a few more ex-Flagship castaways have found a safe harbor. Today, massively multiplayer online gaming specialists Turbine Inc. announced the opening of a new West Coast studio, and in so doing, conscripted former Flagship chief visionary officer Dave Brevik as well as Jeff Lind, who led the team that built Hellgate's online platform. With Brevik slotting into the studios' chief creative position and Lind assuming the director-of-engineering role, Turbine has appointed former Sniper Studios head Matt McKnight as studio director.

Turbine's West Coast studio will be located in Redwood City, California, down the road from Electronic Arts and Nintendo of America's publicity operations. The developer did not identify any specific projects that the team will be working on, and said only that it will play a role in Turbine's "corporate vision." In addition to revenues generated from the likes of Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons & Dragons Online, and Asheron's Call, the road to that vision has been paved by a $40 million injection in funds, which Turbine received in June.

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grinningsphinx
grinningsphinx

In case you didnt know, the people behind Hellgate London perpetrated one of the worst acts of fraud against the gaming public known to the industry. So bad that it even coined a new buzzword in the community "Flagshipped".. I think taking on ex-Flagship employees will be the kiss of death for Turbine as I for one, and many people I know in the industry, wont touch anything having to do with Flagship studios. Jeff Lind is every bit as incompetent as Bill Roper, ie, the games coding was so convaluted that even the devs didnt know how the engine really worked(Luck, magic find?--and many other systems) which led to the problems not even being ABLE to be fixed. The only thing I can think of is they must have taken the jobs on a minimum wage basis to get hired again after that fiasco. You couldnt pay me to touch anything associated with Flagship again....Good luck Turbine, your going to need it.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

Turbine really hasn't done anything impressive since Asheron's Call 1. That game was great for it's time. LOTRO is an okay game, but is basically WoW with a LOTR coat of paint. I know some people love it, but after the disaster of Asheron's Call 2 and D&D Online, I'm not going to bother with Turbine games. LOTRO was okay, I just found it really boring, and didn't really see any compelling reason to play it instead of WoW, unless you're a diehard LOTR fanatic.

Nec0Machina
Nec0Machina

Guess I'll be staying away from all things Turbine and Cryptic from now on. I refuse to spend another dime on anything that ex-Flagship people have anything to do with.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I love this game,LotRSoA:D

fet11
fet11

And I thought getting flagshipped was bad enough with HGL. Now were all gonna be Turbined. These people should not be in the software business, their ridiculous pricing models, intentional cutting of content only to try and sell back to us later, and misinformation doesn't fly with the public anymore. They are all schemers and should be thrown in jail for what they did with HGL.

Lgy
Lgy

no..mmo

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

As long as the "chief visionary officer" isn't put in charge of this new game. Having amazing ideas for a game, but not being able to deliver on them leads to a lot of disappointed customers. FSS let their visions get ahead of their ability to deliver and was a major factor in the collapse of HGL and ultimately FSS I guess this news also heralds the death of Mythos :(

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Interestingly, what will Roper himself do in this company...

Vambran
Vambran

Hellgate london sucked. I want my money back Bill Roper.

ColdGen
ColdGen

Cool! Good luck with the move lads!

darth_slayer33
darth_slayer33

I hate to say it but I think Mythos is dead. I was looking forward to that game as well. I'm really looking forward to the Mines of Moria Expansion to LOTRO.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope they can do something good now