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Former Epic Games and Blizzard Entertainment devs establish Lightforge Games, fully remote company "on a quest to change how RPGs are played"

May 9, 2019

Former Epic Games and Blizzard Entertainment developers have announced the establishment Lightforge Games, an all-remote studio “on a quest to change how RPGs are played” and currently developing a “cross-platform, social video game where players have the power to create worlds and tell stories with unprecedented freedom.”

The studio recently raised $5 million with investments from 1UP Ventures, Dreamhaven, Galaxy Interactive, Maveron, NetEase Games, and angel investors from the games and technology industries.

Lightforge Games was founded by industry veterans Matt Schembari, Dan Hertzka, Nathan Fairbanks, Glenn Rane, and Marc Hutcheson and has since expanded to include another six highly experienced developers. Its team has history at studios such as BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, Epic Games, Riot Games, and Zenimax Online Media, and has shipped games such as Diablo III, The Elder Scrolls Online, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Overwatch, the StarCraft 2 trilogy, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft, and more.

“We all love highly social, creative games, and we particularly love games where players drive the narrative,” said CEO Matt Schembari in a press release. “We are looking to combine elements from Minecraft or Roblox with tabletop RPGs to form a new way to play roleplaying games. Given our backgrounds, making a game that looks to revolutionize RPGs was an obvious choice.”

Schembari added, “We’re building a studio for the long-haul where empathy for players and developers alike is at the core of everything we do. Building a fully remote company allows each team member to live wherever is best for their life situation.”

Lightforge Games is currently hiring. For more information, visit its careers website.

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Sep 2, 2020
So its a another multiplayer open world craft game with player created dungeon , am I right ?


Feb 20, 2018
So its a another multiplayer open world craft game with player created dungeon , am I right ?
Sounds (to me) a bit like they want to be the go-to place for people who want to play D&D and such online--more like a platform than a game.

If so, that seems neat. I get nervous when people throw the word "empathy" around though. To some folks, it no longer means feeling for and identifying with others, but instead signals a swift banhammer for wrongthink. We'll see.
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