Second Dinner is a recently established game development studio founded by a group of colleagues from “Warcraft” game company Blizzard, including Hearthstone director Ben Brode. Now they group has reportedly raised $30 million from a minority investment by Chinese game developer and publisher NetEase Inc.
According to Kotaku, the company are developing a Marvel game though aren’t offering any further specific details.
Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games at Marvel Entertainment says: “I’ve worked with Hamilton [Chu, former Hearthstone Executive Producer and Second Dinner CEO] and Ben [Brode] for years and they are exactly who we want making Marvel games. They and the team they’ve assembled at Second Dinner have made some of the greatest games in history. And now, working with the Marvel Games team and playing in the Marvel Universe… It’s going to be Amazing! Or maybe Spectacular!”
The news comes in the wake of the success of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” on PS4, the title finally giving the studio a truly universally praised and popular title after various failures in recent years which always had it behind rival DC Comics and its successes with the “Batman: Arkham,” “Injustice” and “Batman: The Telltale Series” franchises.
Marvel signed a multi-year, multi-game deal with publisher Square Enix two years ago with a secret Avengers game in the works based on the property, but so far there’s been nothing heavily shown from the project.