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.
“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!” – Steven Sharif
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. [See the full post at: https://www.aocspot.com/intrepid-studio-announces-new-hires/]
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