David Jones, who is best known for founding the UK developer DMA Design and for creating the Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings series of games, has today announced that he is working on two new games at his Scotland-based Real Time Worlds development studio. Working alongside Jones are Ian Hetherington, former managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and founder of Psygnosis, and Tony Harman, former of director of development and acquisition at Nintendo of America.
"Bringing Ian and Tony on board follows my philosophy of only working with the best," Jones said. "My goal is to create unique global franchises and maximize the revenue potential from those titles. We have put together a hand-picked team of 28 developers with a tremendous portfolio of hit games behind them, and now we have a similar pedigree in our management team."
Jones and Hetherington have worked together previously on the Lemmings series, which to date has sold more than 20 million copies across more than 20 different formats. Harman's credits during his time at Nintendo of America include working as the executive producer of the Donkey Kong Country series, which has sold more than 10 million units worldwide.
"We are not yet talking specifically about our two titles under development, but I will hint that fans of GTA and next-generation racing games will not be disappointed," Hetherington said. "Having seen literally thousands of games in the past, I was amazed at the unique and groundbreaking ideas that are being brought to life at Real Time Worlds."
"The company has created some unique technologies," Harman said. "The emerging online gaming market is an area we will be creating some waves in."
We'll bring you more information on both of the games in development at Real Time Worlds as soon as it becomes available.