Mythic Entertainment co-founder and former CEO Mark Jacobs took the wraps off his new venture, City State Entertainment, an independent game development studio he co-founded with Andrew Meggs. The duo has been building up a team and working pretty much anonymously since March 7 on project that include a game the company plans to release before the end of the year.
To put it another way, “We have been working on actually making games (as opposed to making powerpoints, presentations, dog & pony shows or other soul-sucking stuff) since the day we started,” Jacobs, CSE’s president and creative director, wrote on the company’s site.
CSE’s initial focus is on fun, original intellectual property for the mobile, tablet and social networking spaces. Its longer-term strategy is to extend these properties into other formats and iterations.
Meggs is CSE’s technical director and lead programmer, having formerly served as a senior software engineer at Bethesda Games Studios, Mythic Entertainment and Troika Games on games including Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
“The combination of people and resources we’ve assembled truly creates the opportunity of a lifetime for everyone involved,” said Meggs, CSE’s technical director and lead programmer. “Our fully armed and operational development group is moving forward rapidly, and we’re all eager to bring our first game out into the world.”
Jacobs’ Mythic Entertainment launched Dark Age of Camelot in 2001, an early success in the massive multiplayer online game arena. Electronic Arts acquired Mythic in 2006, and the studio released Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in 2008. Jacobs abruptly resigned in 2009, and a simultaneous corporate restructuring put Mythic Entertainment and BioWare into a single division of EA.
“To me it feels like it’s 1995 when I co-founded Mythic,” Jacobs said. “I’m incredibly fortunate to find myself surrounded by a team of talented and hungry developers. Once we launch our first game, I’m hoping to be able to finally feed them.”
Image of Mark Jacobs, left, and Andrew Meggs courtesy of City State Entertainment