APB still alive (for now, at least) as developer crumbles

It's been a rough week for APB developer Realtime Worlds. News of the company's unravelling has spread through the interwebs like public relations napalm, casting serious doubts on the Scottish studio's ability to keep the lights on, let alone provide ongoing support for its recent MMO, APB (aka All Points Bulletin).

Recognizing this, Realtime Worlds announced today that it fully intends to keep its cops-n-robbers multiplayer actioner alive for both current and future gamers despite ongoing in-house issues. In addition to keeping the servers on, the company said it will continue to release future updates, patches and DLC content for as long as it is able.

“We want to offer reassurance to gamers that APB will not only continue as an online service but will be improved and supported 100% during this restructure,” says Joint Administrator Paul Dounis with Begbies Traynor, the business rescue and restructuring specialists tasked with keeping Realtime Worlds in one whole piece. A follow-up release added: “[APB] will continue and that is something we want all customers to be aware of.”

Next week's patch is set to include graphical updates, combat tweaks, improved communication tools and brand new clothing, symbols, vehicles and instrument packs for gamers.

For a full list of changes, and to keep up to date on Realtime World's desperate bid for a buyer, click

Aug 19, 2010

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  • oryandymackie - August 21, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Let's hear it for David Cameron's tax breaks! Oh, wait...
  • c1nd3rcell - August 20, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    Haven't gotten a chance to play APB and probably never will want to. Also, The Game.
  • iLuminate - August 20, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    I thinks a F2P model is the only way out here, great concept here but IMO the subscription model is dying. So get it out to as many people as possible, and add a decent Micro Transactation store.
  • WickedSid - August 20, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    APB was alright, I know I liked it when I was in the Beta, but thinking back to it now, after a whole day of Downloading, the customization was barely a redeeming quality, so many options though.

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