Cryptic Studios announces the addition of a veteran comic book writer to help
develop Marvel Universe Online, further strengthening the developer's comic bona
fides that already included the success of City of Heroes/Villains:
GATOS, CA - JULY 17, 2007 - Cryptic Studios, Inc., a leading independent
developer of massively-multiplayer online games, today announced that they have
added to their growing talent pool with the hiring of a new Design Writer, John
Layman. Layman, a twelve-year veteran of the comic book industry and an
accomplished game writer, joined the team in their Los Gatos headquarters on
Monday, June 25. He will be lending his expertise to Marvel(TM) Universe Online,
the highly-anticipated MMO currently in development for PC and the Xbox 360(TM)
video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
"Having a creator like John on our side really demonstrates to our players --
present and future -- that we strive for authenticity when we bring a universe
to life," said Michael Lewis, CEO of Cryptic Studios. "As a company, we are
committed to hiring the most creative people in and out of the industry. It's
all about delivering high-quality games that stay true to what both gamers and
fans of the genre have come to expect from our studio."
Layman's comic credits include written work for several prominent Marvel Comics
series, including Gambit, House of M: Fantastic Four, and Marvel Zombies vs.
Army of Darkness. He is responsible for several creator-owned titles, including
Puffed for Image Comics and Armageddon & Son for Oni Press. Layman also has
several notable games to which he has contributed his writing, including
Metroid: Hunters for the Nintendo DS(TM) and Marvel Trading Card Game for the
PSP(R) (PlayStation(R) Portable) handheld system.
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