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Archived Post 11-03-2008 11:52 AM

Cryptic Studios Hires Bill Roper (November 3, 2008)
Los Gatos, CA – November 3, 2008 – Cryptic Studios™, one of the leading independent developers of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today that Bill Roper has joined the company as Design Director and will be working on Champions Online™.

“Bill brings a ton of creative energy to the Cryptic office and we’re thrilled to have him join our team,” said John Needham, Chief Executive Officer for Cryptic Studios. “His years of gaming and online experience are huge assets to all of our projects, and Bill will assist us in furthering our studio’s vision to create innovative, exciting MMO gameplay.”

“Cryptic has experienced huge growth over the past year and has exciting opportunities ahead of it,” said Bill Roper, Design Director, Cryptic Studios. “The company knows how to choose compelling IPs that have rich histories such as Champions and Star Trek. I’m looking forward to working with the team.”

As a 14-year game industry veteran, Roper has worked directly on numerous top selling titles, including the ********, Starcraft and Diablo series. He joined Blizzard Entertainment in 1994 to work in sound, music and voiceover, eventually being appointed as Vice President of Blizzard North and a Director of Blizzard Entertainment where he managed all external projects and coordinated internal development teams. In 2003, Roper co-founded Flagship Studios and Ping0 where he held the role of CEO for five years and oversaw the launch of Hellgate: London and development of Mythos.

Cryptic Studios, headquartered in Los Gatos, is currently in production of two highly anticipated MMO action games, Champions Online and Star Trek® Online. Champions Online, based on the popular Champions™ pen-and-paper RPG and published by 2K Games, will give players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. Set in the year 2409, Star Trek Online will allow players to immerse themselves in the future of the Star Trek universe, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations in an ever expanding vast universe.

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About Cryptic Studios

Cryptic Studios, Inc., based in Los Gatos, CA, and established in July 2000, is one of the leading independent developers of massively multiplayer online games. Cryptic is developing three major titles for the PC and current generation consoles, including Star Trek Online, Champions Online and an unannounced project. Cryptic Studios is an independent, employee-owned company committed to delivering the next level of MMOG gameplay. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit

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Archived Post 11-03-2008 12:09 PM

Cool, the Blizzard games are nothing less than magical in how awesome they were. I can't wait to play the sequels, if this guy had anything to do with the originals, he is ok in my book.

Archived Post 11-03-2008 12:13 PM

oooohhhh... I wonder how they stole him from Blizzard?

Archived Post 11-03-2008 12:16 PM

Don't care if he's not working on STO. I want STO. ;(

Archived Post 11-03-2008 12:45 PM


Originally Posted by LordDave (Post 258159)
oooohhhh... I wonder how they stole him from Blizzard?

Because he wasn't at Blizzard, he was at the studio that made Hellgate: London and since that game is shutting down, well I am sure he became available.

Archived Post 11-03-2008 01:09 PM

who ? why are you telling us ? lol

Ooh, I hired a new janitor today too.

Archived Post 11-03-2008 01:18 PM

Uhm... yeah, like some others said: if he's not working on STO... why should we care?

Archived Post 11-03-2008 01:38 PM

- I was hoping to see, in the article, that it would free-up some people that are currently on 'chanpions' to get them to concentrate on startrek-online, lol :p


Originally Posted by Someone (Post 258183)
Don't care if he's not working on STO. I want STO. ;(

Archived Post 11-03-2008 01:38 PM

Well he could be transfering to STO after Champions Online is released. Other than that this information holds no interest for me.
Its more a frightening thought considering what happend to Hellbeta Online

Archived Post 11-03-2008 01:42 PM

Is he going to have any input for STO? I know it mentioned that he is working on Champions, is this just advertisement. Please inform us on how this effects STO?

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