Dreamhaven is a brand new game development company founded by former Activision Blizzard employees. Interestingly, it’s run by Mike Morhaime, former CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. The premise of the company (with clues in the name) is to create games with “people who care about games and their communities.” The project appears to have been created to go beyond the way companies like Activision normally operate.
The merger of Activision and Blizzard began in 2008 and the publisher is now known as Activision Blizzard. Although the company has been extremely successful since the merger, it seems that not everyone was happy with the way the games were made there. Enter Dreamhaven, where the goal is to do things a little differently.
An impressive track record
In announcement statementMany of the founders have certainly hinted at a new beginning. As Morhaime leads the charge, many other former Blizzard employees are also on board. Moonshot Games, one of the company’s development studios, is led by Jason Cheyes, Dustin Browder, and Ben Thompson. Cheyes was previously an executive producer at Blizzard, where he directed the Hearthstone team. Browder was the director of the game StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Command and Conquer, it is The Lord of the rings. Thompson was the creative director of Hearthstone and artistic director of the World of warcraft trading card game. Not a bad list of projects to get ideas from.
The other study, Secret Door, is led by Chris Sigaty, Alan Dabiri, and Eric Dodds. All three have also worked in producer / director roles on some of Blizzard’s biggest games. The list is impressive again, including the likes of World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, it is Heroes of the Storm. Dreamhaven allows both teams to collaborate freely and we hope to see results soon.
Activision drama aside, this is an exciting proposition. Hopefully, Dreamhaven will bring fantastic new franchises to the creative minds behind some of Activision Blizzard’s biggest hits.
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