EA offers free game to dejected APB players

Anyone who bought the ambitious online game APB had just a few weeks to enjoy it before the studio behind it collapsed like a stack of dominos. Customers are being told not to expect a refund of any kind, but if you make a stink about it publisher EA will toss a free game your way.

With an entire development studio set up exclusively for the game and one of the most exhaustive set of resources ever set aside for an online game, APB has gone down as one of the biggest blunders in video game history.

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APB was released on July 1st for $50 and charged players $10 per month to play online. But just weeks later, developer Realtime Worlds was on the brink of collapse. After being unable to find a buyer to take over its assets, it went under, and last week it took APB's servers with it.

For most, the money is lost, but a few customers who purchased a digital download directly from EA's online store have received a refund, and those who bought APB from other outlets, like Steam, have had some success finding remedies.

long-running thread on Steam's support forum chronicles numerous customers who bought their copy of APB on Steam and contacted EA through online chat. In all cases, users were offered at minimum a $20 digital store credit and at maximum a free copy of any EA-developed game. Many have requested a free download of Mass Effect 2.

Former APB players should act quickly while EA is trying to enact damage control. No one's laughing all the way to the bank here, but at least it's a nicer gesture than just walking over your face.

Sep 27, 2010

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  • kazimierz3000 - September 29, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    Wow this was great info, I just received a %20 discount coupon as well as a copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2, I actually enjoyed APB so it's sad seeing it go, I'm grateful that EA is helping us out!
  • Jacko415 - September 28, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    @AGENTJORRG hes just another retard who just says "FIRST!" and nothing else...
  • AGENTJORRRG - September 28, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    DAMNIT! People always report the bastards before I get a chance to read it. I wanna know what he said :( Good on EA for this deal.
  • AnonymouZ - September 28, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    better than a whole lot of nothing indeed. but... asking for ME? lul... wait... has it already gota price cut? i need to get me hands on that one then!
  • Robx - September 28, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Such a shame they wasted a game with the potential for much more, still saddens me up each time I read about APB's failure. They better listen to their testers next time, we really did what we could.
  • GammaGames - September 28, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    WalMart was still selling this game the other day. I almost told them to take them off the shelves. Probably should have :P
  • dorrick - September 28, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    wow spammers who make pictures now. They are getting clever.
  • dorrick - September 28, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    got nerd-rage?
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 28, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    These former APB guys are getting a lot of sympathy. It's good to know that the games industry is made of friendly, caring people and not heartless money grubbers. You hearing this, Kotick? also, not first
  • FriendlyFire - September 28, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    @Jacko415: Just report the idiot and hope he gets banned... That'd teach him. I see a big opportunity for EA here. If they want to show they're better than Activision, they should give all players a free game. Let's see Acti top that ;)
  • Jacko415 - September 27, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    @RampageUndeaD... SHUT THE FUCK UP! moving on... They should just offer this to everyone just cause im to lazy to go through that...

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