Imagendary Studios appoints Michael Brinker as Director of Game Design
IRVINE, CA & SHANGHAI, CHINA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Imagendary Studios has announced the appointment of Michael Brinker as Game Design Director at its Irvine, CA studio. Michael brings over 15 years of experience in AAA games from top-notch studios and publishers in the games industry to Imagendary, a studio founded in January 2021 and later acquired by FunPlus.
Michael joins an assembled team of award-winning AAA veterans from the gaming industry’s most recognized studios. With a wealth of AAA development experience among its teams and a passion for innovation in entertainment, Imagendary Studios aspires to become a next-generation pan-entertainment content creator and developer with the goal of creating premium products for the global market that pushes the boundaries between games and movies.
“Michael Brinker has led multiple Tier 1 AAA gaming franchises and we are thrilled to have him on our side to continue delivering incredible results with us through his exceptional experience.” said Ryan Pollreisz, studio head at Imagendary. “Our goal is to grow as a pan-entertainment studio delivering the most exciting products and innovations, and we’re happy to have Michael on board for the journey!”
As the new Director of Game Design, Michael Brinker brings many years of AAA gaming experience having worked on iconic titles and game franchises such as The Godfather, The Simpsons, Marvel’s Avengers and Tomb Raider where Michael was able to help reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, from taking on a lead design role for the sequel to the reimagining of legendary gaming icon Lara Croft. With over 15 years of development experience on PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Michael has extensive knowledge of level, world and system design as a developer for major AAA studios. He has been lead designer and spokesperson for his games at Crystal Dynamics for the past decade. Michael started his career as a Game Designer at Electronic Arts.
The Imagendary studio is currently working on its first original AAA development using Epic Games’ latest Unreal 5 engine, whose first animated short will be released later this year. The studio is led by Wei Wang, a former top Blizzard lead artist renowned for his work on franchises such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, HearthStone, Overwatch, and StarCraft, and Ryan Pollreisz as studio head, with over 20 years of experience directing films with Oscar-winning titles such as Golden Compass, Life of Pi and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.
In addition to Michael’s arrival, the studio announced the expansion of its operations in Asia and the United States. In just over a year, the studio has already grown to more than 150 employees between its offices in Irvine, California and Shanghai. The team continues to recruit world-class talent from the global market to build a truly diverse first-class international content creation team. They plan to add another 100 employees in North America over the next two years.
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About Imagendary Studios
Imagendary Studios was founded in January 2021 and is led by Wei Wang, a former top Blizzard lead artist renowned for his work on franchises including World of Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and StarCraft. In its first year, Imagendary has assembled a global team of award-winning AAA veterans from the gaming industry’s most recognized studios. With a wealth of AAA development experience and a passion for innovation in entertainment, Wei Wang aspires to “build a next-generation content development company with the goal of creating premium products for the global market that push the boundaries between games and movies”. .” Imagendary Studios is based in Irvine, CA and Shanghai, China. For more updates and information, you can visit www.imagendary.com and follow our SM channels.
FunPlus is a world-class independent game developer and publisher headquartered in Switzerland, with offices and operations in China, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the United States. Founded in 2010, FunPlus is an organization that nurtures top creative talent with over 2,000 team members worldwide. Ranked the world’s #1 strategy game publisher (2019 and 2020), FunPlus is home to studio KingsGroup, which develops wildly popular mobile strategy titles including State of Survival, King of Avalon, and Guns of Glory. FunPlus has also positioned itself in the puzzle RPG genre with Call of Antia. In 2021, FunPlus acquired Imagendary Studios working on its first original AAA development.
The company is also the founder of FPX (FunPlus Phoenix), one of the most successful esports organizations in the world, and the 2019 League of Legends World Champions. Visit www.funplus.com to learn more.