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Former Cryptic Devs Form Cold Iron, Focus on Sci-Fi Title

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Several former Cryptic Studios developers have banded together to form Cold Iron, a "fully-funded game studio" that will be creating AAA online games. The team is already at work at a sci-fi action game for both PC and console that is based on an original IP and being built on the Unreal Engine 4.

Craig Zinkievich (Founder/CEO) has over 13 years of experience designing and developing award-winning MMO games. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Cryptic Studios, one of the leading developers of massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Prior to leading the studio as COO, he was a leader for three of the studios’ most financially successful and critically acclaimed titles. He was Lead Producer on the popular classic, City of Heroes and Executive Producer/Game Director on the iconic sci-fi MMO, Star Trek Online, and the Dungeons and Dragons MMORPG, Neverwinter.

Shannon Posniewski (Founder/CTO) is a veteran game developer and designer with over 25 years of professional programming experience. At Cryptic Studios, he held several roles, including Principal Programmer, Director of Game Programming, and Game Director. Shannon was involved in every title the studio produced, including City of Heroes/Villains, Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

Matt Highison (Founder/Creative Director) has served as Lead Artist for several successful MMO games. Most recently, he was the Art Director for Neverwinter, the D&D MMORPG set along the iconic Sword Coast of the Forgotten Realms. He has also served as the Senior Lead Character Artist at Cryptic Studios, where he designed in-game character models and uniforms for Star Trek Online and Champions Online.

Learn more on the Cold Iron site.


Suzie Ford

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