A new games development studio will soon be set up in Edinburgh, giving the Scottish videogame industry a welcome shot in the arm.
Reloaded Productions, which officially formed on March 7, is currently planning a permanent office in centre of the capital within the next 30 days. The studio has also been given a grant of £125,000 by the Scottish Government as it now looks to step up its recruitment campaign by adding 22 new staff to its workforce.
In November of last year GamersFirst (parent company of Reloaded Productions), purchased the source code to defunct MMO shooter APB, a game developed in Scotland by former Dundee-based developer Realtime Worlds. The California-based publisher has been working on turning the game into a free to play MMO, titled APB Reloaded, since then. The original APB was a novel idea that was crippled by bugs, and ultimately lead to the death of RTW as a games studio.
Currently Reloaded Productions has a small core team in place, managed by former RTW employee Michael Boniface. Of the new studio Boniface said: “I’m very pleased to be heading up this venture and even more so to be doing it in Scotland. We have a number of studios in Brazil, India, Turkey and of course the US so it’s a real testament to the local talent that [Reloaded Productions] have decided to set up shop here.”
In a statement, Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: “It is testament to the talent, infrastructure and cutting-edge skills Scotland has to offer in this fast-growing and competitive market and our continued promotion of this key sector internationally. Today’s announcement reinforces Scotland’s global reputation for creativity and innovation and as an attractive location for growth companies.”
For more on APB Reloaded, check out Reloaded Productions’ developer blog.