APB dev prepping new MMOG - Report

Realtime Worlds founder Dave Jones tells UK conference that his studio will announce new, "ambitious" online game in 2010.

Back in 2003, DMA Design and Grand Theft Auto creator Dave Jones joined with Sony Europe managing director Ian Hetherington and Nintendo of America director of development and acquisition Tony Harman to found Realtime Worlds. At the time, Hetherington noted that Realtime Worlds had two titles in development and that "fans of GTA and next-generation racing games will not be disappointed."

Realtime Worlds is hiring.

Of the first, Hetherington was clearly referring to APB, a persistent-world online shooter that Electronic Arts will be distributing in early 2010. The second title was presumed to be Crackdown, an open-world Xbox 360-exclusive action platformer that garnered a positive critical reception when it debuted in 2007. As it turns out, though, that wasn't necessarily the case.

As reported by UK-based GI.biz, Dave Jones said as part of the GameHorizon conference in Newcastle, UK, today that Realtime Worlds' first game has yet to be announced. Jones reportedly said that the developer initially secured $30 million to fund the unnamed game. However, because the title was so "ambitious," the studio opted to first launch APB.

Realtime Worlds subsequently found an additional $50 million in backing in 2008, shortly before repurchasing APB's publishing rights from Webzen.

Of the new game, Jones reportedly confirmed that it will be a massively multiplayer online game. Additional details on the title were not revealed, however, with Jones said to have noted that Realtime Worlds will officially announce the project in 2010.

Last week, Realtime Worlds announced that the studio now employs 250 staff, with the Dundee, Scotland-based developer intending to increase that number to 300 by 2010. Realtime Worlds is currently looking to fill some 40 positions, one of which is for a design lead on the unannounced MMOG.

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Cheesehead9099
Cheesehead9099

But I am probably going to get this for my PC and not my 360 cuz MMOGS are usually better on the PC with its better online. Ill save my 360 for Forza and my PS3 for Uncharted.

Cheesehead9099
Cheesehead9099

Godamn Realtime Worlds. This game should be on PS3. Well i guess they couldnt handle the PS3's POWER HAAHAHHAHAHA :lol: typical fanboy comment;)

Sechu
Sechu

Besides Wow and The Old Republic (later) I am afraid I cannot afford more monthly fees.

LYTEK
LYTEK

Big MMORPGs are great except if I have to pay for the full experience/achievements. Then I get mad.

Articfox6
Articfox6

I have high hopes for APB, so I hope its good. The fact that there is a huge level of customization is awesome and that its an MMO coming to consoles is making it unique.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

I will not pay a fee for a game, especially this one.

jazilla
jazilla

Unitl you can make an MMO with zero lag, I am uninterested in twitchy combat in an MMO.

2buxaslice
2buxaslice

I will not pay a monthly fee for a game. Just give me a great single player game with online options.

AllGunsBlazin
AllGunsBlazin

lol over saturation....doesnt really makes sense. saturation in this term sorter means its been over used. so over over used. and no it hasnt mmo's havnt been out as long as other game genres. and besides this looks fresh and new. no elfs and spells here

ProVail
ProVail

I hope they make the gun fights more realistic, like ducking under objects for cover or shooting from around the corner. AND i hope u can fight like boxing or kickboxing and wrestling, that would b even better. AND make the driving more realistic not like GTA.

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

There's only one thing that can be said about MMOs at this point: Over saturation.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

That's an extremely lame looking mmo, srsly guys, someone get a clue.

Colsworl
Colsworl

Um, I would prefer if Realtime gave 100% focus to APB, this just gives me the impression that they will half ass this one and then go full out for the next one.

shkar
shkar

with this amount of money the final product must good or else >>>>>

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

OH BOY! Another MMO! Like the other 9000 MMO's coming! ... seirously guys? Another MMO? No ty.

ASG_
ASG_

Another day another MMO.

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

There's a lot of money in it, hopefully it will be decent at launch because of it.

SovietAgent
SovietAgent

This kind off ambition negatively affects the coming MMO, but this is just me being skeptical.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

The MMO takes over the FPS's overcrowdedness throne...

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Intriguing. I hope it is something cool they have in the works. It sounds like they are putting a lot of effort and money into it. I just hope it is worth it!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I think they should wait for APB to be done

dapcnut
dapcnut

"fans of GTA and Next-Generation Racing Games will not be disappointed." "Next-Generation Racing Games" It sounds like they might be making a MMO racing game. I sure hope its a MMO racing game, because there are so few of them these days. (Test Drive Unlimited, NFS: World Online, Etc)

uberjannie
uberjannie

This is a joke right? Shouldnt they see if they can successfully launch APB first?

ropumar
ropumar

They are way over their heads. Development team spread in 2 game?One game after another.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Wonder what the new game will be

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

This is the way Saints Row 1 should have been. In fact judging by the trailer they had for Saints Row 1 where they mentioned the multiplayer even if it was limited to 16 player mode akin to that of GTA IV? It (SR 1) would have been a better game online provided they also had the persistent world with civilians, traffic and cops in addition to those 16 players and did away with the bizarre warping glitches. Did SR 2 ever improve on this aspect?

Hekynn
Hekynn

jeez just when we need another mmo. I mean theirs plenty of mmos already with The Old Republic coming out which I'm signing up for big time! :)

svaubel
svaubel

My god how many more MMO's does the market need...

Inconnux
Inconnux

Just what the market has been waiting for... another mmorpg

robfield
robfield

They should wait to see if APB is successful before announcing anything else.

jmaxdeathscythe
jmaxdeathscythe

not particularly interested, but i really like the attitude of the trailer

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

I'm still waiting for APB, Crackdown 2 Realtime Worlds

ldonyo
ldonyo

There is no need, or market, for yet another MMO.

PhilWil92
PhilWil92

Finally some news that I actual find "informing". Keep it up Gamespot. Let's get a hot streak going. :)

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Shouldn't they finish making APB good FIRST?