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Crystal Dynamics hires ex-Naughty Dog, Visceral talent for Avengers project

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Studio says “tremendous progress” has been made on its Avengers game

Developer Crystal Dynamics is assembling its team of industry talent to bring its game based on Marvel’s Avengers to life. The developer and publisher Square Enix announced today that it had hired 15 “top industry talent” to the Avengers development team, including former Naughty Dog creative director Shaun Escayg and Stephen Barry, a 27-year veteran of EA and Visceral Games.

Escayg, who served as creative director and writer on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, will serve as creative director on The Avengers Project. Barry was previously director of product development at Visceral Games, where he worked on the Dead Space franchise. Visceral Games was shuttered late last year.

As for the other hires, Crystal Dynamics studio co-head Ron Rosenberg touted them as “world-renowned industry veterans, spanning production leadership, animation, design, art and engineering, who have previously worked on games such as Batman: Arkham Origins, Dead Space, [and] Star Wars: Battlefront.”

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix announced The Avengers Project in 2017. The game is being developed in tandem with Eidos Montreal, and according to today’s news release, the teams have apparently made “tremendous progress” on the title. Little is known about the game based on Marvel’s team of superheroes, but based on the debut teaser (posted above), it will feature Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.

The next Marvel Studios movie based on the team, Avengers: Infinity War, hits theaters May 4.