Dundee-based developer Realtime Worlds has lifted the lid on its next game – and it's certainly a radical departure from its previous work.
The developer is best known for its 2007 Xbox 360 hit Crackdown and more recently for PC outing APB, though the latter has so far failed to make much of a dent at retail, perhaps thanks to the critical mauling it has had to endure.
But new title MyWorld bears very little resemblance. Though it's open-world nature is vaguely reminiscent of its earlier titles, the new game is probably best described as a cross between Sim City and ModNation Racers.
It will see players constructing buildings in reproductions of real-world locations, claiming ownership of them in a virtual world and then travelling between them in virtual vehicles. New creations can then be shared with others via a range of social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
Project: MyWorld is a unique idea crossing social media, social gaming and traditional gaming,” the official site reads. It's an idea as big as the world and we want you to help shape it.
What would it look like if Nintendo built Google Earth? Project: MyWorld turns the real world into a fun 3D social gaming experience. Project: MyWorld is a virtual recreation of the real world combined with 3D gaming and social media. It is the next-generation of social gaming.
And if you're a traditional game publisher looking to go online with a bold project or a social gaming or media company that sees the opportunity of Project: MyWorld, we'd love to hear from you as well.”
As can be seen in the above statement, MyWorld is without a publisher right now but the studio must surely hope that a trailer for a game that seemingly ticks many of the current buzzword boxes – social networks, user generated content, family-friendly gameplay – will succeed in attracting a financial backer.
You can watch the trailer below: