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 Posted May 17, 2021

RALEIGH – Video game startup Lightforge Games, armed with $5 million raised in equity financing from 10 investors in December, and equipped with team of game developers, seeks to change how role-playing games (RPGs) are played.

The team, led by CEO Matt Schembari, who is the former director of user interface for Epic Games, is working on what it called in a statement “a new cross-platform social video game where players have the power to create worlds.”

The company was co-founded by gaming industry veterans Schembari, Dan Hertzka, Nathan Fairbanks, Glenn Rane, and Marc Hutcheson, and now includes six additional developers.

“We all love highly social, creative games, and we particularly love games where players drive the narrative,” said Schembari in a statement. “We are looking to combine elements from Minecraft or Roblox with tabletop RPGs to form a new way to play roleplaying games.”

{mprestriction ids="1,4,9"}Collectively, the company’s employees have worked on and shipped games such as Fortnite, World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Hearthstone, the StarCraft 2 trilogy, Overwatch, and Elder Scrolls Online.

“We want to blur the line between creator and player, bringing people together to weave endless tales they won’t soon forget,” reads the company website.

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