Experienced MMO developers announced Citadel Studios, an independent Washington D.C.-based company that's developing sandbox-style, open world MMO in the vein of games like Ultima Online.
The studio was quietly founded in July last year by CEO Derek Brinkmann, art director Chris Ondrus and creative director Tim Cotten, who collectively have worked on games including Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online and the Elder Scrolls series.
The studio’s first project is Shards, a Unity-powered 3D top-down isometric MMO for PC. Citadel’s website says the team wants to experiment with non-XP-based character development.
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This sounds interesting, and has a good squad behind it for a change. It's definitely something I'll be keeping my eye on.