The former director of Hearthstone at Blizzard, Ben Brode has his own development studio now called Second Dinner and they have reason to celebrate. Firstly, they’ve finished a funding round to the tune of $30 million from Chinese giant NetEase and secondly, signed Marvel as a partner on their newest game.
Second Dinner has opened a second office and is currently on a hiring spree for the new project. Unfortunately we know nothing about the actual game they’re making yet other than it’s based on Marvel IP.
NetEase is moving a good bit of money around lately as last year they invested $100 million dollars into Bungie to make a whole new IP and an undisclosed amount into Blizzard for Diablo Immortal and publishing rights.
Hopefully we’ll start getting some hints on what the new Marvel game may be soon. Here’s hoping it’s based on Moon Knight. (It won’t be)
Here is the official announcement:
Hi! Second Dinner is a small, sleek, and absurdly vigorous new game studio. (If you think you might be interested, check out our careers page here!
We may be small, but we’ve got BIG DREAMS! We want to make fun video games! Games with depth and pizzazz! Games for you. Games for us!
Starting up a new studio is a bit scary, but we’ve assembled a top-notch founding team (see?) and have secured funding (see our press release if you want the gory details) that should take us all the way through shipping our first game. And that’s money in hand with no need to sing and dance for milestone payments or desperately try to find new investors along the way.
Which means that we are entirely masters of our own destiny; our glorious ascension or tragic (but still glorious!) downfall is entirely up to us! We’ve been lucky to have helped make a huge impact on the games industry through our work on Hearthstone™, World of Warcraft™, Halo™ (and more!); and we’re going to do it again. Almost definitely.
But wait! There’s more!
We’re partnering with Marvel on our first game. I know what you’re thinking: “WHAAAT?!!? You get to make a game with Hellcow the vampiric cow and Throg, the Mighty Frog of Thunder??”
Yes. Yes we do. Also Spider-Man and the Avengers and the X-Men. We’re working on the prototype already and we think it might just be the most fun thing ever in the history of fun.
Stay tuned for more news on our various doings and shenanigans. Not like right away, but there will be more at some point. We promise!