It's no secret that Marvel's Avengers has had a rough time since launching last year, and with the game's creative director Shaun Escayg returning to Naughty Dog, many had wondered what shape the development team would take to continue working on the title.
As it happens, it appears Crystal Dynamics have turned to Brian Waggoner, the veteran game designer that had previously worked on Marvel Heroes until the developer Gazillion Entertainment was shut down (thanks, Resetera).
Marvel's Avengers Developer Crystal Dynamics Hires Marvel Heroes' Game Designer
Announcing the move on Twitter, Waggoner explained that he'd be leaving his post at EA Sports:
“After what happened at Gazillion, I wasn’t ever sure if I wanted to work on another Marvel game again,” he explained in a follow-up tweet.
“Talking to the team at Crystal [Dynamics], seeing their passion for making a game the fans love and knowing the potential of the product were all big factors for me in making my choice.”
“One of the things that convinced me to take the job was the leadership of Crystal Dynamics telling me to give them honest feedback about the game and its issues and telling me there were no egos in the room. I did and they were very receptive to my suggestions".
As for Marvel Heroes, the game was shut down in 2017 but is still remembered fondly. Many are no doubt hoping that Waggoner can help bring some of that game's loot-focused systems to bear in Crystal Dynamics' AAA project.