Former Blizzard, SOE and Relic Developers form new Free-to-Play MMO Studio

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Share:

Everytime I hear of developers from former mega studios banding together to form a new development studio of their own I get pretty excited. Experienced minds in a new setting can bring about all sorts of wonderful innovations. Of course, it can also mean more of the same, but repackaged to appear "new".

In the case of Molten Games, lets hope its more of the former. The San Diego, California based studio is comprised of a collection of executives from Blizzard, Sony Online and Relic Entertainment. Of course, all development studios need funding and Molten Games has secured this in spades thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment from NCSoft.

NCSoft appears to be taking a hands off approach when it comes to the developer/publisher relationship. Free from publisher restrictions and with pockets full of cash, the Molten Games team is confident they can create an unparalleled experience which puts the gameplay first and foremost:

"We created Molten Games in order to truly have control over our game development and IP, and we're going to create something epic," said Jungwon Hahn, CEO of Molten Games. "Our team understands not only the creation of online games, but the ongoing management of them, better than anyone else in the industry. As we continue to build our team and work on our initial product, gameplay and player experience is going to come first with every decision."

While still unannounced, we do know Molten Games' first title will be a triple-A free-to-play MMORPG, with more information to be released at a later date.

Does news of this new studio perk your interest?

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (26)

Bic Boi 9 years ago
I -want- to expect good things but I just can't. Call me jaded but we haven't seen any sort of meaningful innovation in online games for years. It's always more of the same. Shinier graphics, same standard systems.

Basically, I will believe it when I see it and not before.

johan 9 years ago
I am surprised that its a free to play game cause blizzard loves the
monthly payment system,so I am not a fan of blizzard.

OMGFrogz 9 years ago
The main problem with Triple A games is that the games either go two ways. A worldwide hit...or rock bottom. NEVER in between.

HUnzoe 9 years ago
Nice name. It's like a parody of Blizzard.

CByl 9 years ago
Why do people keep talking about Blizzard? It's an agreement between 3 companies, not just Blizzard, geez. Also Blizzard sucks people, they don't make any good games for years now.

Relic and SOE are great at FPS games, Blizzard is great at making crap, we might see something decent come out. I'll keep an eye, but not expecting much.

Aer 9 years ago
Perfect world is probably one the th best Free to play titles constantly updated and expanded

MidAir 9 years ago
People for 3 different top developer studios, multimillion dollar investment, Know How to create AND manage a game, gameplay and player experience comes first and AAA-F2P-Games.
Sounds GOOD for me, so far!

FPS2RPG 9 years ago
yay

DiceColdfire 9 years ago
This could be bad or Good ... lets see what happens.

anip 9 years ago
what does " triple-a " mean? is it something about F2P's cash options?


BTW, not sure how it'll go, since they DO have good developers but also DO come from some greedy companies.
Depends, good game but possibly P2W? (guess we'll have to wait and see what kind of game they're making)

View 1 reply
Takerukun3 9 years ago
yes but ncsfot pay to win lovers like perfect world -_-

Thretcha 9 years ago
After doing some research on the official website. I found out that the are looking for a technical director. The interesting part is that under the Qualifications is listed the following "Must have shipped at least one AAA online multiplayer game (preferably a FPS or MOBA) in a Technical Director capacity from concept to release." So we can assume that they are making something along the lines of either a FPS or a MOBA.
Also important to know they seem to be using unreal engine and scrum. Would be pleased to discuss more speculations with you guys. If you find something out we could possibly start a forum thread !

View 1 reply
matt 9 years ago
blizzard sucks ballsack since activision has owned them.

Boom! 9 years ago
kinda excited to what kind of MMO there gonna make...

thaghost101 9 years ago
I know this will never ever, ever happen, But could you imagine it.. SOE's StarWars Galaxies redone in a Blizzard fashion? =3

Ero-Shinigami 9 years ago
Relic? Blizzard? Would be awesome seeing something like a Starcraft/Warhammer 40k based mmo (it can have different stuff if they don't get permission or don't wanna buy rights) but would still be awesome.

View 1 reply
DAMN 9 years ago
Damn this is interesting. Hopefully they make something incredible.

ugurano 9 years ago
blizard best

rakanms 9 years ago
FIRST! blizzard is the best

TrollAlert 9 years ago
FIRST TROOLLOLOOLLO


Read Next

Alma is Back: Aeria Games Announces F.E.A.R. Online

Alma is Back: Aeria Games Announces F.E.A.R. Online

F.E.A.R.

By Michael Dunaway - 9 years ago

You May Enjoy

10 Best MMORPGs For Beginners In 2023

đź’Ł Feature | 10 Best MMORPGs For Beginners In 2023

Here are our top picks for any beginner hoping to discover their first MMORPG journey.

By Anthony Jones - 6 days ago
Dauntless’s Saint’s Bond Is Back And Filled With More Love Than Ever

Dauntless’s Saint’s Bond Is Back And Filled With More Love Than Ever

Who needs a Player 2 when you have NPCs to get close to?

By Aspen Pash - 4 days ago
Square Enix Strips Cheating World First Team Of Titles, Gear, And Achievements From FFXIV's Omega Protocol

Square Enix Strips Cheating World First Team Of Titles, Gear, And Achievements From FFXIV's Omega Protocol

“You didn’t directly commit cheating, but you were able to capture the benefits of cheating.”

By QuintLyn Bowers - 6 days ago
FFXIV’s Director & Producer Naoki Yoshida Says He’s “Really Looking Forward” To The MMORPG Blue Protocol

FFXIV’s Director & Producer Naoki Yoshida Says He’s “Really Looking Forward” To The MMORPG Blue Protocol

Several experienced people from the FFXIV Team are also now working on Blue Protocol.

By Aspen Pash - 1 week ago
Yesterday It Was A Rumor, Today It Is A Fact: Rumbleverse Is Shutting Down

Yesterday It Was A Rumor, Today It Is A Fact: Rumbleverse Is Shutting Down

Iron Galaxy says we may not have seen the final form of the Rumble though.

By Michael Byrne - 6 days ago