K2 Network, the owners of online gaming outfit GamerFirst and the purchasers of last year's disastrous MMOTPS APB: All Points Bulletin, have announced that they are to open a new development studio in Scotland, the former home of the game's previous developers Realtime Worlds.
The move will see the creation of a 22-man studio which will act as the European base for APB: Reloaded, which will relaunch as a Free-To-Play title later this year. Funding for the venture has been put forward by Scottish Development International, with the Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop voicing her support.
I am delighted that Reloaded Productions will establish a studio in Edinburgh rather than creating jobs only in its existing locations in Irvine, California and Bangalore, India.
Speaking to gamesindustry.biz, Bjorn Book-Larson, CEO of developer Reloaded Productions, spoke of his optimism for the project moving forward, and praised the enthusiasm of the Scottish Government in helping the venture take place.
Our hope is to expand the Scottish presence and increase the size of the team over time as we add more creative game projects as part of our global MMO development efforts.
Currently APB: Reloaded is in the Closed Beta stage, with the Open Beta reportedly starting within the next month. [gamesindustry.biz]