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Report: The End is Nigh for A.P.B.

UPDATE: Developer Confirms Shutdown

by Sean

UPDATE: The Realtime Worlds website has been updated with confirmation that A.P.B. is in fact finished. Community Officer Ben Bateman posted the following message:

APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end. Today we are sad to announce that despite everyone's best efforts to keep the service running; APB is coming to a close. It's been a pleasure working on APB and with all its players. Together we were building an absolutely amazing game, and for that, we thank you. You guys are awesome!

From all of the Realtime World staff we thank you for your continued support.

The servers are still up, so join the party and say goodbye!

Just about a month ago, developer Realtime Worlds entered into administration, which is a fancy way of saying that the company filed for bankruptcy. At that time, all of its assets were assumed by the Begbies Traynor Group, a Scottish company responsible for determining which creditors were due what money, and when. Included among the assets that were taken over was the recently launched MMO A.P.B.: All Points Bulletin. As of last writing, Begbies Traynor was committed to supporting A.P.B., even going so far as to release a patch for the game while the search for a buyer for Realtime Worlds went on. But apparently, in spite of over 300 potential buyout offers for the developer, the end of A.P.B. is coming, and possibly quite soon.

According to a report on GI.biz, since confirmed by Begbies Traynor, the "plug is about to be pulled" on A.P.B., and it could happen as soon as tomorrow. The staff at Realtime Worlds has been filled in on the imminent shutdown, although there are apparently still some on-going negotiations with the service provider. Apparently, GI.biz had a pair of sources inside the development studio who claimed that the shutdown was set to occur, which caused the administrator to confirm. The game has already been removed from Steam, and it can no longer be purchased on Realtime Worlds' website.

So the question becomes: what's next? There seems to be interest from other companies in buying out the rest of Realtime Worlds' assets, although due to a pitiful commercial showing, it would seem that no matter who ends up acquiring the developer, A.P.B. will no longer be an entity.

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  • loltim
    loltim

    I have never ween an MMO crumble that quickly. Could it really have been THAT bad?

  • Raccoonacorn
    Raccoonacorn

    Wow, fastest failure of an MMO ever?

  • cancerdancer
    cancerdancer

    Watch the Giant Bomb quicklook. It was THAT bad.

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