Crackdown Returns – Made In Scotland

One of the major stories from this week's E3 is the return of Crackdown. The free roaming, sandbox cops n' robbers game is back and Dave Jones is at the helm. The original was created by Dundee's Realtime Worlds, while the sequel, Crackdown 2, saw Ruffian Games take over development. Dave is of course the... Continue Reading →

Give Game Of Glens The Go!

Ruffian's Game Of Glens is in the final throes of Square Enix's new Collective crowd-sourcing programme.  The game is one of three titles which may receive funding and publishing through the Final Fantasy/Tomb Raider publisher. Visitors to the Square Enix website can vote for one of three projects they'd like to see proceed to full... Continue Reading →

Crackdown – BAFTA Winning Scottish Game Now FREE On Xbox Live

Crackdown, the superb free-roaming, crime-fighting, car-racing, gang-busting, orb-collecting, high-jumping sandbox game created by the late, lamented Realtime Worlds has just been released FREE for Xbox Live GOLD members. If you have a gold membership then for the next couple of weeks (we believe) you can download it for no money whatsoever. And you should.  It's... Continue Reading →

Ruffian Reveal – No Crackdown 3, Tribal Towers Underway

It's been a while since we last heard from the team at Ruffian Games in Dundee.  A couple of ice ages at least.  So it was a pleasure to see some news and even mention of a new game from the company, yesterday afternoon. In a blog on the new Tribal Towers website, Ruffian's Billy... Continue Reading →

nWay – New Company From Realtime Worlds Founders

Inside Social Games has an exclusive interview with nWay, a new West Coast (as in USA) technology start-up created by names which will be familiar to many within the Scottish games industry. Tony Harman & Dave Jones are the CEO and CCO respectively, while COO Taehoon Kim ran Realtime's Seoul studio. nWay is working on... Continue Reading →

World Exclusive – Moops – New From Red Radiant Media

The past weekend saw the ever awesome Game In Scotland event take place in Dundee.  A recruitment fair, networking opportunity, platform for new talent and general shindig for the games industry in Scotland, it introduced a whole range of entirely new companies, working across a huge range of new and interesting areas of interactive entertainment.... Continue Reading →

APB Sale To Pay Outstanding Wage Claims + Interview With New Owner

Last week's sale of APB to K2 Network, will allow Begbies-Tryanor, the administrator of Realtime Worlds to settle all outstanding wage and holiday pay claims, according to the latest report from GamesIndustry.biz. Paul Dounis from the liquidator is quoted as saying: "We are obviously very happy to have concluded the sale but at the same... Continue Reading →

Realtime Worlds Asset Auction Halted By Hackers?

The Courier is reporting that the auction of assets from Realtime Worlds has been halted after hackers targeted the auction company's servers: Over 1000 items were to go under the hammer, including high-spec PCs, LCD screens, desks and other equipment. However, the sale — conducted by Glasgow industrial auctioneers Sweeney Kincaid — was postponed after... Continue Reading →

APB Bought By K2 Network For £1.5 Million

Realtime World's short-lived online game APB (All Points Bulletin) has been acquired by K2 Network, the company behind the GamersFirst online multiplayer site. GamesIndustry reports that K2 paid around £1.5 million for the game, which may be back online before the end of 2010. If the game is revived, it is likely to use a... Continue Reading →

Realtimeworlds – postscript

News surfaced on Twitter earlier today that the domain http://www.realtimeworlds.com has now been acquired and staked out by a domain hosting company. So it seems appropriate to link to an epitaph of the company, which was posted on Eurogamer yesterday: "APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature... Continue Reading →

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