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Paragon Studios
MMORPG | Setting:Super-Hero | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 04/27/04)  | Pub:NCSoft
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News From Cryptic Studios

Posted by Mark Schembri on Feb 22, 2003  | Comments

News From Cryptic Studios - MMORPG.com

Better Late than Never...
An update from the man himself, Jack "Statesman" Emmert from Cryptic Studios

Hey gang! I’ve been asked to provide an open letter detailing something every City of Heroes fan wants: NEWS! Yep. Some honest to goodness news. So here we go...

As many of you know, MMORPG’s take a lot of testing – and we’ve been doing that here for quite some time. Balancing a game of such epic proportions is nothing less than a Herculean effort. And we’ve come up with some good stuff – but as a result, we won’t be able to start-up the Beta at the end of March like we originally thought. The game, however, is really going to benefit. I don’t want to promise a specific date for Beta until it is rock solid, because that’s what is most fair to you guys.

For the next three or four months, we’re going to put our noses to the proverbial grindstone. We’re working on the game and nothing else, so you’ll see few, if any, updates here on the web site during that time. Why three or four months? Well, E3 is right around corner – and expect City of Heroes to come out of the box with a bang. You can look for Statesman to return to the web page with a vengeance in May – and then we’ll start letting our cats out of the bag.

Now for a couple of exciting staffing changes. Michael Lewis, our initial investor, has recently joined us as interim CEO. Those devoted fans who’ve followed us from the beginning might remember that it was partly Michael’s vision to create this game in the first place. I can’t even begin to tell you how much excitement and enthusiasm it gives the team.

Rick Dakan is now our official Fiction Writer. Yep – the big guy who’s penned the great Paragon City histories and the villain group backgrounds is going to be focused entirely on the fiction side of the game. We want City of Heroes to be a game of stories – where the players determine the result – and having Rick as our #1 writer is the best way to do that.

We’ve also hired several more artists and programmers in order to continue the growth of the game. And if you’re interested in getting into the game industry – keep your eyes peeled to the Cryptic Studios web site for openings.

Now what about moi? Good question. Statesman is kinda shifting his role – I’m now Producer and Lead Game Designer. Needless to say, I’m not getting much sleep anymore! But if you’ve followed my Statesman’s Statements or my interviews, I have a passion for super-heroes and comic books. Heck, comic book ink runs through my veins. I want City of Heroes to be the game that brings all of us fans – gamers, comic book readers, super-hero enthusiasts – into one big melting pot. A place where we can meet – fight evil – and then bask in the glory. As I said, I won’t be as active on the site as I’ve been, but I’ll be back – armed with tons of stuff on the game we’re all so excited about.

So there you go: news! Maybe not the best – but certainly not the worst. Cryptic Studios and NC Soft are absolutely dedicated to making the best game we can. So, in the short term, we won’t be able to do as much as we’d like on the web site, but in the end, it will all pay off.

See you in Paragon City.

-Jack Emmert
Statesman

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