The Civitas team’s continuous expansion sees the addition of veterans from EVE Online, Runescape, Crusader Kings, Black & White and more as part of the project’s ongoing ambitious roadmap
September 15, 2022 – Civitas, the upcoming play & earn community-driven 4X strategy game, today announced the addition of multiple new members to its development team. Nathan Richardsson has been appointed Executive Producer and VP of Development, joined by new Lead Producer Joe Borthwick, Senior Designer Christopher King, and Senior Software Engineer Húni Hinrichsen. With over 60 years of experience combined on iconic projects such as EVE Online, Runescape, Crusader Kings and Black & White, these new hires will help the Civitas team deliver on its vision of crafting the world’s first Web3 strategy MMO. Civitas is currently in pre-production for PC, iOS, and Android devices.
Nathan Richardsson has led projects including Defiance and EVE Online, bringing with him to Civitas over 20 years of industry experience. He will take up the role of Executive Producer and VP of Development. Joe Borthwick comes to the role of Lead Producer with a storied career in the games industry, previously working on cult classics Dungeon Keeper 2 and Black & White. Having helped shape the industry once already, he will have an opportunity to do so again as part of the Civitas team. Christopher King, joining as Senior Designer, brings with him some extraordinary experience working on industry-defining 4X games such as Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, Europa Universalis, Victoria, and many more. Joining as Senior Software Engineer is Húni Hinrichsen, who played a vital role in the development of EVE Online as lead game designer, responsible for many of the core gameplay ideas behind the cult MMO since its inception back in 1999.
The quartet of Richardsson, Borthwick, King, and Hinrichsen are part of a larger expansion plan to strengthen further the already 50-plus strong Civitas team comprised of talents from multiple entertainment and technology industries, including gaming, music, and film. Civitas is proud to have attracted members who have worked on legendary franchises such as Star Wars and Battlefield.
Civitas CPO Kent Byers said: “We are excited for the opportunity to cooperate with legendary game creators like Nathan, Joe, Chris, and Húni to develop the community-driven MMO experience the Civitas community expects.”
Civitas has received $20 million USD of funding from prominent investors in the web3 space like Delphi Digital, Framework, Bitkraft, DeFiance, and a number of strategic partners also joined the round, including game development studio CCP Games, creators of the legendary MMO EVE Online, alongside YGG, and Merit Circle, two of the largest guilds in the space.
About The Game
In Civitas, players become citizens in a virtual world made up of multiple city-states, competing and cooperating with each other to evolve their civilizations both technologically and economically. City-states act as subDAO in the web3 ecosystem, which allows players to choose how to manage their land, harvest resources, construct and upgrade buildings, and contribute to their cities’ advancement.
Civitas will be available on iOS, Android, and PC. The game is currently in pre-production, and interested players can stay up to date with all the latest information on the project by joining Discord, following on Twitter, and reading the project’s Medium page.