Mark Jacobs, former head of developer Mythic Entertainment, has opened new casual gaming firm City State Entertainment.
This comes two years after Jacobs left Mythic over a disagreement regarding the direction the company was taking under EA.
Im tired of strings and being told what to do by other people, he explained in an interview with Forbes.
Were a very collaborative group where we talk about everything, and thats what you need if you really want to be successful.
Social games are certainly a lot easier to develop than a traditional game, let alone an MMO, and because of the faster development cycle and the lower costs, we have a lot more freedom in what we want to do. We dont have to worry if the hardcore gamers are going to get incredibly upset because were doing something a certain way. We dont have to worry if our game is going to sell another 20 copies. Were just looking to make fun, enjoyable games.
City State Entertainment is made up of 12 full time employees, including former Mythic and Bethesda employee Andrew Meggs. The studio is funded by Jacobs.
Referring to his past with Mythic and EA, he explained:
At the end of the day, when you take other peoples money, you have to do what they tell you to do; Ive done that before, and a lot of times its cost me.
I didnt want this studio to be the old boys club. I was looking for, and continue to look for, a mix of people that represent a much more diverse segment of the gaming population whether thats women, young people, whoever and, to be very blunt, not just old white guys. I want people who can come in and bring in their different perspectives, and their ideas for new games and features.