||Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Details on Ritual, Mumbo Jumbo
4:02 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
To further clarify the relationship between Ron Dimant's PC development house Ritual and the newly-formed Mumbo Jumbo, PR guru Jason Whong sent out this press release which explains the situation. It sounds as if Ritual is going full-bore into Myth III, dedicating some of their staff and their lead level designer to this new company. Here's an excerpt:
Ritual Entertainment announced today that itAll game platforms? We like the sound of that. For an in-depth look at Mumbo Jumbo, be sure and read our interview with this future mover and shaker on the Mac gaming scene.
will split into two companies, thereby forming a new game company called
Mumbo Jumbo. Ritual Entertainment will continue to deliver ground breaking
3D games for the PC and future platforms. Mumbo Jumbo, the new developer
headed by Mark Dochtermann and Ron Dimant, will focus on innovative content
for PC, Macintosh and console platforms. Previously Dochtermann served as
President and Technical Director for Ritual Entertainment and Dimant served
as CEO for Ritual Entertainment.
Ritual Entertainment was formed in 1996 by five employees that departed 3D
Realms Entertainment. Ritual has since delivered Quake Mission Pack #1:
Scourge of Armagon, Sin, Wages of Sin, Heavy Metal: FAKK2 and most recently
Blair Witch Volume 3: The Elly Kedward Tale. Ritual has received many
accolades for the innovative use of interactivity in its titles.
Information about the "Ritual" life style can be found at www.ritual.com and
its fan site www.ritualistic.com. Ritual Entertainment is presently working
on an unannounced title for Electronic Arts.
"We believe that this split will allow us to continue our focus on the types
of games for which we have become famous," said Robert Atkins, President of
Ritual Entertainment. "Ritual has always developed innovative content and
we do not see this changing for the foreseeable future. As companies we
will stand together to achieve our goals and deliver top quality titles for
all game platforms."
Mumbo Jumbo's first title will be Myth III: The Wolf Age, a real-time
strategy game (RTS) to be published by Gathering of Developers. Myth III is
the third installment in the critically-acclaimed and highly-successful Myth
game franchise created by Bungie Software. Mumbo Jumbo's first development
studio is located in Irvine CA, with locations in Dallas TX and London UK
planned within the next 12 months. In addition to original game
development, Mumbo Jumbo has a strong Macintosh development team and is
presently converting Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale, Sacrifice, Giants:
Citizen Kabuto and other AAA titles for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X for its sister
Mumbo Jumbo on Myth III
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