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Intrepid Studios Announces Key New Hires to Make Revolutionary MMORPG

Industry veterans from Activision, SOE, Amazon, Obsidian and more join the team.

May 31st, 2017 - San Diego, California

Today Intrepid Studios is proud to announce the hiring of key new team members for the development of Ashes of Creation. As a revolutionary MMORPG, Intrepid needs people with the skill, passion, and experience to bring this dream game to life. With experience ranging as far back as EverQuest to as recent as H1Z1, these five individuals and the key security partnership with Panopticon Labs bring Intrepid one step closer to making Ashes of Creation the game it's meant to be.  

Rocco Scandizzo, Kevin McPherson, Akil Hooper, Mat Broome, and Alex Khudoliy join the team along with special partner Panopticon Labs. Read below for their bios and headshots.

Intrepid is also excited to share roughly 30 minutes of uncut, Pre-Alpha gameplay for Ashes of Creation. Originally livestreamed on May 30th, this half-hour long demo shows some of the environments, town, combat, and classes working together in tandem.

From Creative Director Steven Sharif:

"Please enjoy this PRE-ALPHA gameplay and note that many things are placeholders including the combat! But we wanted to show you the state of our Pre-Alpha at the moment, and keep our development as transparent as possible.From everyone at Intrepid, thank you so much for the amazing support you have shown us!"

Rocco Scandizzo - Lead Economic Designer

Rocco has almost 20 years experience in the video game Industry, owns a Ph.D. in Economics, and MBA in Marketing and a BA in Economics. Prior to joining Psyop Games as managing director, Rocco spent more than ten years working in positions of new business, strategy, and marketing. Formerly an Agent at CAA, Partner at ISM, Director of Franchise and License Development at Activision, Director of Strategic Growth at Vivendi Games, and previously at THQ and Atari.

Kevin McPherson - Lead Programmer

Kevin has had the opportunity to work on many MMO's over the past 20 years, including EverQuest 1 & 2, Planetside 1 & 2, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Shadowbane. Intrepid is excited to have Kevin's experience and passion contributing to making Ashes of Creation the penultimate fantasy MMORPG experience.

Akil Hooper - Lead Technical Designer

 Akil Hooper has a long and storied history in the game industry. He's been a designer, a lead, a producer, and a creative director, on games such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Fallout: New Vegas, and companies like Sony Online Entertainment, Obsidian Entertainment, and Disney Interactive. Akil is a master at his craft, and is able to find the fun in any system he's involved with, and he'll be bringing those skills to his position at Intrepid Studios.

Mat Broome - Senior Character Artist

Mat Broome is an experienced game developer and professional illustrator with over 15 years on multiple AAA MMO games. Mat has shipped seven cross-platform game titles including the hits H1Z1, Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, the Everquest franchise." 

Alex Khudoliy - Programmer

Graduate from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2012. Soon after, began working for Amazon as a software developer for the past 5 years. Alex is an experienced programmer, having released multiple products such as AWS Mobile Analytics and AWS Pinpoint. 

Panopticon Labs - Game Security Partner

Panopticon Labs is working with us directly on crafting fraud prevention and detection mechanisms for use in Ashes of Creation. The systems they have designed specifically for Ashes are of paramount importance to the game experience we wish to create and we have made it a pillar of our design from a very early point in the development process to leverage their expertise in gaming, payment processing, and data intelligence.

You can find the Kickstarter campaign  HERE

You can find our  Kickstarter Video  HERE.

About Ashes of Creation

Set in a fallen fantasy world untouched by civilization for thousands of years our players will rebuild, repopulate, and rediscover this uncharted realm. Our world is ever changing with ruins, beasts, and cities that rise and fall. Weaved into a progressive character system where players hold all the power, the fates of creation are yours to command. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests for interviews and information. 

Find us at https://www.ashesofcreation.com/

About Intrepid Studios 

Intrepid Studios is an independent game company located in sunny San Diego, California. Staffed by veterans of the MMO industry, represented by legendary titles such as EverQuest and EverQuest 2, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside 2, Call of Duty, and the X-Com series.

Read about the team here: https://www.ashesofcreation.com/the-team/

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