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Ex-38 Studios Project Copernicus creative director now on SOE's Vanguard

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Before the collapse of 38 Studios, Steve Danuser was creative director and IP steward of the developer's massively multiplayer game Project Copernicus. Following the cancellation of that game and the demise of Curt Schilling's former development studio, Danuser has found a home at Sony Online Entertainment.

Danuser has taken the role of creative director on SOE's Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, the five-year-old MMO from EverQuest designer Brad McQuaid.

"My goal is to realize the massive potential of Vanguard while ensuring the game stays true its original spirit," Danuser writes on the official Vanguard site. "We have an expansive world full of stuff to do, and we need to make clear and accessible paths to get to it. Our players feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in overcoming challenging content, so we want to give them more to do while expanding our audience of new players.

"Our number one goal is to improve the Vanguard experience for everyone."

Prior to his career at 38 Studios and Project Copernicus work, Danuser served as community manager and designer on EverQuest 2.

Project Copernicus was 38 Studios' long-in-development online role-playing game associated with the mythos featured in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The game was first revealed in video during the financial collapse of 38 Studios.

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