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NetEase has announced a new studio led by MMO veteran Rich Vogel

NetEase Games has announced the formation of a new studio led by MMO veteran Rich Vogel.

Austin, Texas based T-Minus Zero Entertainment was founded in May 2023 by studio head Vogel and fellow developers Mark Tucker, Scott Malone and Jeff Dobson.

It’s currently working on an original third-person multiplayer action game set in a sci-fi universe.

Vogel previously launched several studios including Sony Online Entertainment Austin, BioWare Austin and Bethesda Game Studios Austin. He has led development on games including Ultima Online, Star Wars: Galaxies and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

T-Minus Zero’s founders also include game director Tucker (Fallout 76, Doom, Crimson Alliance), art director Dobson (SWTOR, Dragon Age Inquisition, Mass Effect Andromeda, Anthem), and operations and production VP Scott Malone (Fallout 76, Doom, The Elder Scrolls Online).

While the main studio is located in Austin, T-Minus Zero has a remote-first approach and is actively recruiting.

“Our studio’s mission is to create epic, immersive worlds where players from around the globe can play together, forming vibrant and passionate communities,” said Vogel.

“The team at NetEase Games shares our vision to create memorable and meaningful experiences, and they have made it a priority to provide the support and creative freedom to allow us to make our dream a reality.”