Realtime Worlds alums form eeGeo - Report

New studio formed under Ian Hetherington said to be continuing work on Project MyWorld, reveal coming in next few weeks.

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.

Hetherington, Chung, and Weller will have to keep their eeGeo in check.

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."

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phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I wish that Crack Down 2 was developed by Real time Worlds.

runstalker
runstalker

On another note, APB Reloaded is out now and completely free to download and play. New studio is at the helm. As a free-play offering, it's pretty damn good. It also includes all post-death patches that were planned for APB (by Realtime Worlds), and two additional 'new' patches cleaning it up. It remains rather unique in the MMO field. ps: Dr. Kill09, they made one legitimately good game for Xbox 360 - the original Crackdown.

DrKill09
DrKill09

After the FAIL that was APB, I am staying the hell away from you guys. Learn to make GOOD GAMES and we'll talk. :roll:

megakick
megakick

meh.. RTW released 2 games, CRACKDOWN and a MMO CRACKDOWN. The MMO was up for a month and closed shop, the quickest MMO fail that I can recall. The worst part is that APB had very high expectations and the final product was lack luster.

boerescu
boerescu

tried apb today and logging in is a b...ch! they got a lot of issues to solve before the game is playable and enjoyable, but if they do it will be a fun one!

sabas10
sabas10

I hope this time they will succeed in making a good game