Former Take Two exec Gary Dale has been named as CEO of Realtime Worlds today.
Previously the COO and VP at the publisher which owns Rockstar Games and the GTA franchise, Dale will now run the studio working on APB, the name game fittingly made by GTA creator Dave Jones.
Dale is a veteran of the games industry having worked at the likes of Capcom, Broadband Studios and in other sectors for BMG Music.
He will take over from Jones, who is creative director at the studio and was also serving as its temporary CEO.
He said: "As RTW transitions from being a traditional developer to an online publisher I could not be happier that Gary will lead us through this exciting phase of our growth. His years of experience at companies such as Capcom and Take-Two will prove invaluable in ensuring we meet our goals of becoming a world leading next-generation online publisher. My focus going forward will be ensuring we continue to deliver quality innovative experiences as [we did] with our debut title, Crackdown."
Dale added: "Realtime Worlds is one of the most innovative game companies in the world.
"The Company is on the verge of launching products that will change current conceptions of what MMO games are about. I can’t imagine a more exciting opportunity than to join this talented and creative team as we prepare to deliver such ground-breaking and high quality online entertainment."