Buzz on several gaming-industry websites and a report in a Scottish newspaper have Epic Games taking Realtime Worlds creative director Dave Jones and possibly the defunct firm’s "All Points Bulletin" (APB) title. Another site, however, quotes Jones as saying the part about him is all wrong.

"There is … speculation that former Realtime creative director Dave Jones, creator of hits such as ‘Crackdown’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ is moving to the U.S. He has been linked with a senior post at North Carolina-based Epic Games, and is known to be a close friend of its chief executive Mark Rein," The Herald Scotland said Sunday in a report about Realtime employees not getting required severance after the Dundee-based company’s folded last month.

Tuesday, however, Develop magazine’s site carried a story knocking down the other reports. It had posted comment it said was from Jones,

"I’m still in Dundee and not in any way joining Epic. No idea where that rumour came from, the post from Monday evening said.

Little is certain and much is rumored in the world of high-stakes game development, and the gaming site Fudzilla had written Tuesday that Epic "might be again expanding with news that again that the company might buy Realtime World’s APB title. There seems a bit more to this news now, as whispers are suggesting that Realtime Creative Director Dave Jones might be headed over to Epic, as well,"

"If Epic were to purchase APB, it is unknown what they might do with the game right now of. It is possible that they could buy it and simply turn the servers back on and re-launch the title while they gear up to start re-developing the title once again," Fudzilla’s David Stellmack wrote.

"This news … is causing quite the commotion," the site Industry Gamers wrote Monday. "Epic did not confirm or deny talks between themselves and Realtime Worlds, but they did state that the Epic staff ‘loves’ the game," that report stated.

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