New Marvel Game in Development by Ex-Hearthstone Devs

Judy Cobb
January 4, 2019

According to Variety, Hamilton Chu and Ben Brode are collaborating on a new project for Marvel.

The studio, titled Second Dinner, posted a video to declare they're working on an unannounced game for Marvel after securing $30 million financial backing from Chinese internet company, NetEase. They're now working on an unannounced Marvel game which the team describes as "a kernel of a fun idea" that they've been playtesting an early prototype of.

Between last fall's Spider-Man PS4, the upcoming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and the various mobile tiles21 now available, it looks like Marvel-based video games are coming back in a big way.

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"The Second Dinner team has a strong track record of delivering quality games". Dunno! Nexon launched their own mobile Marvel card game, Marvel Battle Lines, only a couple of months ago but it's not the friendliest of things.

Second Dinner isn't providing details right now on what it's working on, but Jay Ong, executive vice president and head of Marvel Games, said he's worked with Brode and Hamilton for years and they are "exactly who we want making Marvel games". "With the resources and creative freedom they now have, we look forward to what they will come up with next", said NetEase VP Ethan Wang in a canned statement about the investment. It's going to be unbelievable! We can't wait to show it to the people who we interview as candidates. Or Mighty! Or quite possibly all of the above!' Hearthstone was a huge success for Blizzard and Second Dinner are assembling a really talented team of developers.

The developer is currently looking at taking on more staff, with openings now available for a full-time client engineer and technical artist. Second Dinner is still expanding, but it already has a prototype and playtesting going on for whatever the game will be.

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