Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine has opened a new studio in California with the help of two executives from the recently closed Flagship Studios.
Former Flagship co-founder David Brevik takes the role of creative director at the new Turbine business and Jeff Lind, ex-Ping0 and responsible for the online platform at Flagship, joins as engineering director.
Matt McKnight also joins the team as studio director, with the new outfit charged with bringing new titles to market and expanding Turbine's existing platforms and technology.
"The opening of our West coast studio is a major milestone in Turbine’s long-term growth plans as it allows us to complement the outstanding talent we have on the East coast with the pool of extraordinary talent available on the West coast," commented Jim Crowley, president of Turbine.
"Turbine is fast becoming the place to be for those looking to create the new generation of cross platform MMOs. We are delighted that Dave, Jeff and Matt have joined us in this effort and we look forward to further announcements as we continue to expand this team."