Rockstar founders load 4mm

Jamie King, Gary Foreman join former Image Metrics, NBC executives on new interactive entertainment studio; two projects chambered.

Sam and Dan Houser may be the two most high-profile names to be associated with Rockstar Games, but the house that Grand Theft Auto built was actually founded by five people in total. Today, two of those founders--Jamie King and Gary Foreman--announced that they would be joining forces with former Image Metrics general manager Nicholas Perrett and NBC executive Paul Coyne to form a new development studio, 4mm Games.

Note: This logo is not actually 4mm.

King and Foreman will hold the positions of president and chief technical officer, respectively, at 4mm. Together, the two contributed to such acclaimed Rockstar franchises as Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Max Payne, and Bully. Perrett will fill the role of chief executive officer, while Coyne will assume an executive vice president position. The independent studio is based in New York City, New York.

4mm did not detail its plans for the future, saying only that more information will be available in the coming weeks. However, studio founders did speak with Variety, revealing that the game maker's first efforts will be introduced through online mobile platforms like Apple's ubiquitous iPhone, before being adapted for Nintendo's, Microsoft's, and Sony's platforms.

According to the trade, 4mm has two unannounced titles currently in development, with the first expected to launch this year. As part of its announcement, 4mm said that it has entered into a multiyear, multigame financial partnership with investment firm CEA Autumn Games. Terms of the investment were not revealed.

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29 comments
GraffittiGuy
GraffittiGuy

when will the gta iv exclusive for PS£ come out already!? Or at least give us a hint! :(

vietboi89
vietboi89

uhm... how about people just stop whining and make GAMES!! i dont care where they came from as long as they are great

rudeaz
rudeaz

globalconglomaretmultipuposedvideogameexecutives whats next

lhsjazzman
lhsjazzman

That's quite a resume of games they've made when you think about it!!

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Wonder if this has anything to do with the new IP for the PS3 that R* mentioned a few months back......

maverick_76
maverick_76

If they bring games to the PSP that will warrant at least a gander.

PrimeLazarus
PrimeLazarus

In the words of a dog wiser than myself: This is a good company ...for me to poop on!

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

@bigelf72 Not true. It uses OpenGL ES 2.0 to run games so its nothing like a PS2 infact its closer to a PSX in practice. Its a chip. A CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge all in one. The iphone actually uses OpenGL ES 1.1 so its nothing special.

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

"online mobile platforms like Apple's ubiquitous iPhone, before being adapted for Nintendo's, Microsoft's, and Sony's platforms." So they plan to make a bunch of crappy games on iPhone. Then port them over and try to pass them off to us on the DS, psp and as DLC for the consoles. Giving the fact that a lot of mainstream gamers really are as dumb as ..... I'm sure 4mm will do well. Good business plan, *sniff* *sniff* the sweet scent of money. Shame it doesn't help the gaming industry. At all!

bigelf72
bigelf72

@Godspeed Look up Nvidia Tegra. This phone will get released by HTC in the fall. Graphics: Similar to Playstation 2, 720p HDMI out, 5.0mp camera.

GODSPEEDseven
GODSPEEDseven

Wow.. Cell phone games? If I can connect my GTX 280 and my 24" Monitor on my Cellphone.. MAYBE I'd give it a thought.. ;)

XanderKage
XanderKage

Butbutbutbut... They'll still be with R* too, right??? Because as great as the Housers are, it's never good for a company when 2 founding members quit...

dg3215
dg3215

Am I the only person in the world who uses my cell phone for just communications anymore. Just wondering.

DotComBoris
DotComBoris

Lets hope that the new games are as innovative as the first GTA, in which case I wish them well.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

you were the founders of rockstar games and you want to start with a phone

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@ Leinhartx damn straight. thats really what we need nowadays. Ppl just keep pushing out crap and all we want is for them to take their time and deliver a quality product. Quality over quantity.

Leinhartx
Leinhartx

I really don't care who you are and where you're from. Make a good game and I'll give you my money.

wwonka666
wwonka666

Sounds like they are upset for not getting due credit for founding Rockstar Games. Anyone remember Daikatana and it's founder of a new studio that I can't remember right now? Sounds like this will probably suffer a similar fate. Anyone remember a company called Rare? It's still called the same, it just doesn't make good games anymore. Similar stuff, it's not about who founded it or your past success, just what you have done lately.

RoyaleWivCheese
RoyaleWivCheese

Reminds me of when a faction of Rare formed FreeRadical.. Let's hope 4mm don't meet the same fate.

WHIT3Y90
WHIT3Y90

I don't care where you're from... Just make a good game

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope they can do good things over there

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

mrklorox: I, as well as many people, actually enjoy Crackdown immensely. I didn't buy it because of the Halo 3 beta but it didn't hurt that it came bundled with it. How could you not like an open world game where exploration on foot is more exhilirating than in a vehicle? I spent hours on end collecting those pesky orbs so that I could max my agility stats and jump sky scrapers with ease. To me, it sounds like you didn't give the game a proper chance and played the bare minimum, or simply jumped right into the Halo 3 beta. Crackdown is as fun as open world games get to me. Might I even add that inFamous would probably not be around if not for Crackdown? inFamous draws immense similarities to that game. Cut it some slack, it deserves respect for being more than just the game that came with a Halo 3 beta.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Sigh... sick of people claiming to be the source of the goodness that is GTA. These people are just using the name to get themselves noticed. Look ta David Jones. His last game was all about cashing in on the GTA legacy, and it failed miserably. Sure the norms bought it, but they buy anything that has the least common denominator bundled with it at the time. At the time of Crackdown, that LCD was Halo.

aswen
aswen

I agree gnrlstuart!! iphone section please!

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

iphone should have its own section by now. cmon

Lopur94
Lopur94

Thats a small studio... :P Lol anyways, looking forward to what they come up ;)

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

news??? where........is there an Iphones section nooooooo!