The success of the single-player console and PC RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, developed by 38 Studios subsidiary Big Huge Games and released in February by publisher Electronic Arts, appears to bode well for its MMOG. Codenamed Copernicus, the MMOG was sidelined to make way for Reckoning. But 38 Studios today announced the addition of two new executive team members at the company's Providence, RI headquarters. John Blakely has joined as senior vice-president of development and Mark Hansen takes the role of senior vice-president of operations and business.
Before joining 38 Studios, Blakely was general manager of Zynga Austin, and also previously served as vice-president of development at Sony Online Entertainment, where he oversaw the development of several MMOGs including DC Universe Online and EverQuest II. Hansen served as senior director of Playwell Studios, where he lead the development, launch and operation of LEGO Universe.
"From its founding, 38 Studios has always been about team," said Curt Schilling, founder and chairman of 38 Studios. "I am proud to add these two team-focused and incredibly accomplished leaders to the 38 Studios roster. Between EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online and LEGO Universe, both John and Mark have had a decade of experience and success in the MMO space and I'm excited they are now part of the 38 Studios family."