Today in London, England at the ELSPA Games Summit industry conference an announcement was made about Microsoft partnering with Scottish developer [i] Real Time Worlds [/i] to make exclusive titles for the Xbox 360.
The announcement came from Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Xbox. An excited Moore had this to say, “We’re looking forward to working with Real Time Worlds and are thrilled with what they’re going to be achieving with Xbox 360. The company harbors some of the most talented people in the industry, responsible for milestone games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Donkey Kong Country. That creative history is now coming to the most powerful games platform on earth, and we can’t wait for gamers to experience what this partnership can offer.”
[i] Real Time Worlds[/i] was founded in March 2002 and, as Moore stated above, is led by three of the industries most high regarded minds. Creative director David Jones, founder of DMA Design, was the creative director behind two of gaming’s most successful franchises, Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings. Ian Hetherington, former managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, founded Psygnosis, one of the United Kingdom’sfirst videogames publishers. Tony Harman, former director of development and acquisition for Nintendo of America, was the executive producer of the Donkey Kong Country franchise.
“We’re delighted to be working with Microsoft,” said David Jones. “In the short time we’ve had to get to know Xbox 360, we’ve been blown away by the potential this platform offers and what it means for gamers – the exciting hardware means we can harness even more power to create amazing worlds that utilize innovative online components thanks to Xbox Live. The combination of powerful hardware, great software and innovative services has freed us up to concentrate on creating incredibly immersive game worlds and experiences that will define what this next generation means for gamers.”
We will keep you up to date on this new partnership and whatever unfolds with it. Stay tuned.