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Ex-Realtime Worlds staff form new studio - report

Project: MyWorld staff being rehired to see through 2011 project

A number of staff made redundant from the turbulent Realtime Worlds studio may be rehired to continue working on Project: MyWorld.

The APB developer has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after entering administration last week, making redundant several of its staff. But as many as 23 of these, reportedly from the MyWorld team, are being rehired to complete development on MyWorld, which is set to launch in spring 2011.

This comes after administrator Begbies Traynor announced that there was "considerable interest from potential buyers", although reports that it's actually a single "serious buyer" - believed to have "an existing relationship" with RTW - who's come forward with plans to staff the new studio working in the same Dundee office.

Project: MyWorld is described on the official website as an "entertainment product" which, judging from the teaser video, involves players creating a huge 3D world.

A "source close to the studio" said: "The entire MyWorld team was called in for a meeting yesterday, during which people found out who was being rehired. Afterwards, senior members of the team were told about the new deal and that it was just a matter finalising the paperwork."

It's said that work on MyWorld is "almost finished", so the reduction in team size from 60 down to 23 is not expected to negatively impact the final product.

A spokesperson for the administrator refused to offer further insight, but promised more news later this week.