Flagship Studios co-founder Phil Shenk launched a development studio titled Gravity Bear, where he will serve as the company's CEO.
While Shenk chose not to announce further details on studio or its slated projects, he told consumer website Shacknews
that Kevin Klemmick, former senior software engineer for Flagship's MMO Hellgate: London
, will join Gravity Bear as technical director.
Prior to co-founding Flagship in 2003 with several other Blizzard Entertainment employees, Shenk worked at Blizzard North on several titles, serving as lead character artist on Diablo II
and as art director on that game's expansion, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Previous to that, he worked at developers such as Maxis South, Wild Tangent, GlassEye Entertainment, and Origin Systems.
Gravity Bear is the third new studio founded by vets of the now-defunct Flagship -- co-founder and former COO Max Schaefer announced MMORPG company Runic Games
in August, while ex-Flagshippers Dave Brevik and Jeff Lind helped establish
Turbine's new West Coast studio in Redwood City, CA.
Flagship co-founder and former CEO Bill Roper also recently revealed
that he joined Cryptic Studios to work on Champions Online
as design director.