UPDATE: David Brevik has posted a farewell message on the Marvel Heroes forums. He states that, while overseeing everything as a CEO was great, he wants “to get back to developing games and programming. I got into this industry to make games and I miss the day-to-day creation process” and that he plans to go indie to do “the things I love most: programming and making games.”
Original story: Here’s some big news to start off the new year: David Brevik, CEO of Gazillion Entertainment and the main man behind the development of Marvel Heroes, has resigned, according to VentureBeat.
Both Gazillion and Brevik have issued statements on the split, which appears to be amicable. Gazillion says Brevik has left the company “to pursue other opportunities,” while Brevik states:
“Creating Marvel Heroes has been a work of passion for over six years. It was my first opportunity to work on a live-service product and interact with our amazing community and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’m very proud of all the work our talented team has done together. Though the time has come for me to move on, I’m excited about the future of Marvel Heroes and look forward to what’s next from studio director Jeff Lind and the team.”
Brevik was with Gazillion for six years, serving as CEO for nearly the last three. Prior to joining Gazillion, he headed the Blizzard division that created the Diablo series of games.
It’s a pretty big shocker, though one that I don’t think will have a major effect on Gazillion or Marvel Heroes, which seems to have established a solid pattern of releases and will chug along just fine, regardless of who’s at the helm. What do you think?