Blizzard Vets Form Hyboreal Games

Former Blizzard North developers Michio Okamura, Eric Sexton, and Steven Woo have founded Hyboreal Games. The new California-based video game studio will focus on creating AAA franchises like the hugely successful Diablo series its founders were instrumental in creating at Blizzard.

As Creative Lead for Blizzard Ent, Michio Okamura was responsible for designing Diablo, which has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. He brings to Hyboreal more than a decade of experience in video game art, design and leadership.

Eric Sexton is a senior game designer who has contributed to all aspects of game design over the past decade. On Diablo, he was responsible for key design elements ranging from quests, monsters and the numerous items gamers collect throughout the game.

Lead programmer Steven Woo was responsible for coordinating the worldwide localization that was crucial in the international release of Diablo II, the first game to implement support for Far East language input.

Hyboreal is currently at work on its first title, Starfall, but is keeping a tight lid on gameplay details. More information on the company can be found on the web at www.hyboreal.com.