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Cryptic Studios

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Founded in 2000 and based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a wholly owned Perfect World subsidiary and developer of massively-multiplayer online games, one of which is Star Trek Online. Cryptic first developed the games City of Heroes and City of Villains, both run by Paragon Studios until November 30, 2012, as well as the superhero-themed Champions Online. Their current projects include Neverwinter Online and a development of Magic: The Gathering.

On May 18, 2011 Atari announced it intended to sell Cryptic Studios as Atari planned to focus on other markets. On May 31, Perfect World Entertainment announced they would buy Cryptic and the acquisition was completed August 9 for a total price of $49.8 million.

About Cryptic Studios[edit | edit source]

Cryptic Studios is a developer of massively multiplayer online role playing games, with a signature style being extreme versatility in player customization. It developed the innovative and successful City of Heroes, as well as its subsequent expansion, City of Villains. Their titles have received several major rewards:

  • City of Heroes: GameSpy's Game of the Year (2004), Games Magazine: Game of the Year (2004), Spike TV 2004 Video Game Awards: MMORPG Game of the Year (2004), Computer Gaming World: MMORPG Game of the Year (2004), Beckett Massive Online Gamer: Best Sci-Fi/Superhero Game (2009)
  • City of Villains: WarCry's Best Expansion E3 (2004)
  • Star Trek Online: Massive Online Gamer's Best New MMO (2010)

Star Trek Online team[edit | edit source]

Developers[edit | edit source]

Position Name Handle Forum Posts Twitter
Executive Producer Stephen 'Steve' Ricossa Jr Salami_Inferno salamiinferno Salami_Inferno
Principal Lead Designer Al Rivera CaptainGeko crypticgeko CaptainGeko
Lead Producer Maria Rosseau ZeroniusRex zer0niusrex
Lead Artist Michael Panov
Lead Ship/UI Artist Thomas Marrone ThomastheCrypticCat crypticttc Cryptic_TtC
Ship Artist Ian Richards JamJamz captjamjamz STO_JamJamz
Senior Character Artist Ian Castaneda
Character Artist Joe Jing crypticjoejing
Junior Character Artist Jorge Castillo
Senior Concept Artist Hector Ortiz
Lead Environmental Artist Scot Boyd
Senior Environmental Artist Nick Duguid Tacofangs tacofangs Tumerboy
Environmental Artist Samuel Wall S_Wall SWall_Art
Environmental Artist Adam Flores
Principal Artist Jeremy Mattson
VFX Artist Chris Menard
Staff Game Designer Jesse Heinig JHeinig jheinig JesseHeinig
Lead Systems Designer Jeremy Randall BorticusCryptic borticuscryptic BorticusCryptic
Senior Systems Designer Phil Zeleski Gorngonzolla gorngonzolla
Staff Systems Designer Robert Hrouda
Systems Designer John Leavens crypticspartan
Systems Designer Matthew Campbell
Staff Content Designer Ryon Levitt melange
Staff Content Designer Jaddua Ross quantummeerkat
Content Designer/Writer Paul Reed
Content Designer Tiffany Chu
Quality Assurance Rose Willard
Audio Director/Sound Designer Michael Henry
Associate Producer Kiera Castner doctorbeepboop
Staff Programmer Mark Blattel
Programmer  ??? CrypticCliff crypticCliff
Programmer  ??? trythree trythree
Programmer  ??? engineerb4 engineerb4

Support[edit | edit source]

Position Name Handle Forum Posts Twitter
Lead Game Master GMDestra
Game Master GMNova
Game Master GMPalontir
Game Master GMTiyshen Cryptic_Tiyshen
Game Master GMDrannic
Game Master XLibraX
Community Manager Mike Fatum ambassadorkael AmbassadorKael
Community Manager (German) "Nevandon" pwnevandon
Forum Moderator InfoNinja
Forum Moderator Q
Forum moderator zaaerus
Chad Chaddington
Tech Support darthpanda16
Selaphiel
Mapolis
Blue-Crusader
Blue_Fire
Red-Ice
Zodiac
munkyboi
Red_Panda

Cryptic associates[edit | edit source]

Former Cryptic associates[edit | edit source]

Major project responsibilities[edit | edit source]

(Strikethrough indicates a developer no longer performing that role.)

No longer on the Star Trek Online team[edit | edit source]

Last Position Name Handle Forum Posts Twitter Departure
Content Designer Kate Bankson Shelana Mar 2017
Content Designer Sean McCann CommanderAnder commanderander Feb 2017
Community Manager Morrigan pwlaughingtrendy pwlaughingtrendy LaughingTrendy Feb 02, 2017
Content Designer Chris Dods mrodds Nov 2016
Lead Character Artist Matt Highison mhighison CrypticMatt Nov 2015
Senior Character Artist Steven Ekholm Sep 2015
Lead Writer Christine Thompson Kestrel cryptickestrel Cryptic_Kestrel July 24, 2015
Quality Assurance JTFrost crypticfrost crypticfrost July 24, 2015
Ship Artist Nick Quackenbush crypticquack _quackles June 05, 2015
Community Manager Trevor McNesby pwecaptainsmirk TheCaptainSmirk March 16, 2015
Designer Matt Miller ManyThingsDeck March 16, 2015
Executive Producer Stephen D'Angelo sdangelo February 02, 2015
Ship Artist Jeff Miller lcdrmiller JMiller_Artist November 17, 2014
Lead Producer Andy Velasquez June 2014
Community Manager Brandon Felczer PWE_BranFlakes pwebranflakes PWE_BranFlakes April 11, 2014
Executive Producer Daniel Stahl dstahl January 14, 2014
Content Designer Josh Ferguson Jan 2014
Systems Designer Andrew Rowe Archon archoncryptic Aug 2013
Environmental Artist Denis Osmanbegovic CrypticDenis Aug 2013
Lead Content Designer Scott Shicoff Goatshark goatshark July 2013
Environmental Artist Sam Rucks May 2013
Programmer Rehpic rehpic 2013
Content Designer Dan Griffis Gozer devgozer Dev_Gozer August, 2012
Senior Systems Designer Geoff Tuffli Heretic crypticheretic June 22, 2012
Ship Artist Adam Williams CapnLogan CapnLogan March 20, 2012
Quality Assurance Michael Brown Beltoram Beltoram December 8, 2011
Online Community Representative Gesine Fischer WishStone Cryptic_Wishy August 19, 2011
Community Manager (German) Stefan Recht Denadoro StefanRecht 2012
Assistant Producer Vincent Malley Terramak Terramak June 2011
Combat Systems Designer Steve Nix Snix March 2011
Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich Zinc July 2010
Environmental Artist Roman Stepanov May 2010
Online Community Representative Joe Blancato Rekhan joeblancato
Online Community Representative David Bass Daeke
Quality Assurance DScotty
Infrastructure Programmer coderanger
UI Programmer Matthew Kenneally mkenneally
Staff Systems Designer Jonathan Steady crypticrock
Lead Quality Assurance Phil Fark Farktoid5000 farktoid5000 CrypticEQAH 2016
Lead Programmer Daniel Razza flyingtarg
UI Programmer Joshua Moline FallingSky crypticfallingsky
Lead Content Designer Charles Gray

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