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New Developer 'Republik Games' Working on Online Dating Game

by Rainier on Aug. 10, 2005 @ 2:30 p.m. PDT

Buena Vista Games Senior Producer Robert Coshland has left the Disney games division to start up studio Republik Games, Inc. as CEO. The new company is already at work on a soon-to-be-announced online dating game and a related web community.

"Republik Games is developing a unique product that is long overdue in the online gaming community and we're going to embrace the Adults Only rating rather than try to slip in under a Mature rating," Coshland remarked referring to the recent debacle over Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' hidden sex scenes. "It's an incredible opportunity and I am looking forward to making it happen!" he added.

Coshland has a significant background in interactive media and computer graphics and has served as Senior or Executive Producer on games for Disney, Warner Bros, THQ, Sierra, and Atari. Prior to Disney, he served as Vice President of Client Services for 3D-biometrics firm Geometrix.

Coshland's other credits include permanent exhibits at The Smithsonian Institute and 3D art for a best-selling book from Callaway Editions. His work has been featured on The Discovery Channel, MGM Television, MTV, CNN, National Geographic Television, NBC, as well as in Wired Magazine and The New York Times Book Review.

Republik Games closed its first round of private equity funding in May and is currently in the midst of a second round.

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