Realtime Worlds didn't last much longer than it took to ship APB, but the studio's projects continue to live on. In November, K2 Networks acquired the rights to APB, launching an open beta for the retooled shooter just this week. Realtime Worlds' less-publicized title, Project MyWorld, has also found new life, having reportedly been acquired by Ian Hetherington when the game company he chaired collapsed.
Today, new details on Project MyWorld have emerged, courtesy of British news site Develop. According to the report, Hetherington has joined with fellow Realtime Worlds executives Patrick Chung and Harry Weller to form a new Scotland-based studio, eeGeo. That studio is one and the same as Hetherington's Kimble Operations, which reportedly bought the Project MyWorld rights for £1.1 million ($1.8 million) last year.
The studio is reportedly operating as a spiritual successor to Realtime Worlds, with more than 20 employees from that company now on its payroll. Of note, high-profile creative head Dave Jones, who created the Grand Theft Auto franchise, was not named as party to the operation.
Project MyWorld is expected to be formally announced in the coming weeks, according to Develop, presumably to coincide with the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. The game has previously been described as a SimCity-like experience that combines social gaming, social networking, and traditional gaming.
According to eeGeo's website, the company specializes in creating "a dynamic, interactive space for the integration of geo-locational data sources across an aggregated and curated platform suitable for entertainment products."