Volunteers sign up to build game

The world's biggest game studio has been created with the help of 20,000 volunteers.'

Thousands of people have signed up to help develop a community-built massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMO).

Developer Dave Perry and publisher Acclaim are building a professional MMO with the help of ordinary people.

One of the users will be chosen to "direct" a future game and will receive any royalties earned.

"I want it to be a title they own and feel excited about," said Mr Perry, a 24-year veteran of the games industry.

The original goal was to try to develop a title faster than if it was done by professional developers alone, he said.

The project, known as Top Secret, is looking for artists, writers, designers and audio technicians from the ranks of ordinary gamers.

"With 20,000 people signed up we are already the biggest development team in history.

"We will end up with 100,000 people on this team. if 1% is any good, we are good to go."

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