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Mark Jacobs, the former CEO of Mythic Entertainment and lead designer of Dark Age of Camelot, has created a new studio. City State Entertainment, based in Virginia, will focus on developing games for mobile, tablet and social networking platforms.
"Social games are certainly a lot easier to develop than a traditional game, let alone an MMO,” Jacobs told Forbes. "And because of the faster development cycle and the lower costs, we have a lot more freedom in what we want to do. We don’t have to worry if the hardcore gamers are going to get incredibly upset because we’re doing something a certain way. We don’t have to worry if our game is going to sell another 20 copies. We’re just looking to make fun, enjoyable games."
Jacobs co-founded Mythic in 1995 along with Rob Denton. Mythic was purchased by EA in 2005, around the time they started work on MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. In 2009, EA combined Mythic and fellow subsidiary BioWare into a single RPG/MMO division managed by BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka. Jacobs' departure from the studio was announced around the same time as this restructuring.
“At the end of the day, when you take other people’s money, you have to do what they tell you to do; I’ve done that before, and a lot of times it’s cost me,” Jacobs said in the Forbes interview. He also mentions that he's "tired of strings and being told what to do by other people."
City State plans to release their first game by the end of the year. It'll be released on iOS and Android devices, with a PC version still up in the air.