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NetEase Games Expands Portfolio with Launch of T-Minus Zero Entertainment in Austin, Texas

By Xueyang
Aug. 19, 2023 updated 02:06

NetEase Games has declared the launch of T-Minus Zero Entertainment, a novel game development branch situated in Austin, Texas. Under the direction of Rich Vogel, known for his work on Ultima Online and Star Wars titles, the studio plans a remote-first work model.

Rich Vogel stated the studio's mission to create immersive worlds, emphasizing the collaborative effort with NetEase Games in building meaningful gaming experiences. The new studio's initial project involves a third-person online multiplayer action game set in a futuristic world. The experienced team alongside Vogel includes industry names like Mark Tucker, Jeff Dobson, and Scott Malone, all having over two decades of experience.

T-Minus Zero. From left to right: Rich Vogel, Scott Malone, Mark Tucker, Jeff DobsonT-Minus Zero. From left to right: Rich Vogel, Scott Malone, Mark Tucker, Jeff Dobson

T-Minus Zero's establishment aligns with NetEase's goal to enlarge its internal development studios. The past year saw the company's acquisition of Quantic Dream, known for Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, and the initiation of Nagoshi Studio led by Toshihiro Nagoshi from Sega. Moreover, NetEase has financially backed Something Wicked Games, a start-up by previous Bethesda and Obsidian Entertainment developers. This continuous expansion illustrates NetEase's aggressive strides in building a formidable presence within the gaming industry.

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