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?

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The main problem with Triple A games is that the games either go two ways. A worldwide hit…or rock bottom. NEVER in between.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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)

    • A Triple A game (AAA) are games that we’re developed with a significantly large budget. The game generally reviews well, since the developers put a lot of emphasis in Gameplay, Presentation, Story, Graphics, and / or Online. Acceptable Audio, Pacing, Set pieces and Thrills must be available as well. That is the foundation of a Triple A game, while this next part is highly subjective among gamers. The games generally goes on to review well scoring 8+/10 and averaging a score of 88+/100 on metacritic. The game generally receive large to massive amounts of hype and gaming websites, and goes on to sale 1+ million copies.

  7. 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 !

    • Maybe they just want ppl from every game type like blizzard did the rpg stuff and relic like the stratagie game and now they want or need someone that knows a lot about moba and fps, or they want to create something that should gotta be a esport thing and want someone that knows about the balancing in for the moba stuff to have someone that will look from a other side.
      I hope it wont be another Moba!

  8. I know this will never ever, ever happen, But could you imagine it.. SOE’s StarWars Galaxies redone in a Blizzard fashion? =3

  9. 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.

    • holy omg yeah anything 40k related like dawn of war! I’d love if a warcraft 3 ever came out, but I guess that isn’t happening anytime soon, but these guys can do it id bet. warcraft 3 in the future!which is basically what 40k is, just not as jovial…..get on it new guys! b4 my old hands get too carpal-tunnelly!

      • There is a warcraft 3, it was release July 3rd, 2002. Also Starcraft drew many inspirations from 40k, Terran = Space Marines, Zerg = Tyrannids and Protoss = Eldar

        • I really like Starcraft and I knew it had inspirations on the Warhammer 40k, the main parts of its codex are pretty old (many people may not know that it is originally a tabletop wargame) but I just love the 40k Universe and just thinking a mmo with anything based on that give me the (good) shills. BURN THE HERETIC.

        • er warcraft 4 lol yeah.my point is that its been awhile.i like the fantasy setting better than starcraft .even though it may be all aesthetic, I also like the hero aspect of the ‘craft.i wish I had gotten into it when it was all happening


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