On August 17, NetEase Games announced it had opened a new game studio in Austin, Texas called T-Minus Zero Entertainment, seeking to extend its reach globally with a world-class creative team. The studio will be run by industry veteran Rich Vogel who wrote Meridian 59, Ultima Online, Star Wars: Galaxies, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Vogel’s career also included BioWare studio, Certain Affinity, and Sony Online Entertainment. Mark Tucker, design director at Bethesda for 22 years, has joined T-Minus Zero as its game director. The team also tapped art director Jeff Dobson and producer Scott Malone, each with over 20 years’ experience in games. NetEase Games revealed that the new studio is working on an online third-person multiplayer action game set in a sci-fi universe. [NetEase Games]