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Play APB while you can – the developer's shutting down

Three years ago developer RealTime Worlds appeared to be headed for stardom. The company’s first release, Crackdown, was a hit, and it also had an awesome open-world MMO in development, called APB, which promised relief from the genre’s fantasy obsession.

What a difference three years can make. APB, the developer’s golden child, received terrible reviews and has been spraying red ink across company balance sheets as if its carotid had been severed. This has forced RealTime Worlds to enter “administration,” the UK equivalent to bankruptcy. Most of the staff has been told to clear out by Friday.


Above: Craptastic World Economy 1, RealTime Worlds 0.

The future of APB is murky. An “administrator” named Begbies Traynor (who is also rumored to be a character in Fable III) has been given the task of saving the company. This means finding someone willing to buy the studio. If no buyer is found liquidation is likely. That’s great news if you’re in the market for cut-rate office supplies, but bad news for everyone else.

Rumors (and common sense) suggest that a skeleton crew will be kept on to maintain APB until the future of the company is known, but APB’s long-term fate is a mystery. It seems that the game once considered to be among the most exciting new MMOs may soon be given an unceremonious burial.

Aug 17, 2010

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22 comments

  • Connors116 - August 19, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    So sad to see the creators of Crackdown go. It was my favorite game, and had an alright sequel, but was incredibly fun to play. The sequel just didn't feel like Crackdown should, but was fun. I hope they jump back and get Crackdown back.
  • Fuzunga - August 19, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Tsk, tsk. Should have made Crackdown 2. But anyway,a new company will probably spring up with the exact same employees which will maintain APB, etc. Seems to be the standard these days.
  • IHaveaDicktonofBeerandamaLongLostFriendofanImaginaryCastmember - August 18, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    I will cry into my delicious beer. APB had so much potential. ._.
  • EAC73 - August 18, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    the only reason for the bad and mixed reviews i think is because people tried to jump into the game thinking it was just an online GTA but it wasnt.
  • Bawheidbob - August 18, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    Cruel business, considering the man made great games such as Lemmings and GTA this is a sad day.
  • urwifemykids - August 18, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    should have stuck with crackdown maybe a crackdown mmo instead of apb
  • drewbian - August 18, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    proof that if you make a sketchy mmo RELEASE IT ON CONSOLES the bse you would receive would be fantastic for the community, shame about this company though :(
  • SumthingStupid - August 18, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    never played it but too bad when a studio has to close down
  • TruckThunders - August 18, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    Truly sad to hear. I hope everything works out for those employees at Realtime Worlds. Best of luck to them in the future.
  • y2kpikachu12 - August 18, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    :( this is sad as I love Crackdown and it's sad to see that after their efforts for that game, they're going broke. At least they won't go unremembered.
  • Hurricrane - August 18, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    It's always bad to see a dev get shut down... but APB was awful.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 18, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Time for a new addition to death rattle games.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 18, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    Ruffian already picked up Crackdown. RTW doesn't have it anymore. That said, I feel bad for this. APB was on the top of my list of games to play for the longest time.
  • reveffect - August 18, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    nah, i guess someone else will pick up crackdown 3 if things dont go well but this is sad to hear. another great developer has been shot down, will it bleed out or will it be patched up? only time will tell.
  • HawtKakez - August 18, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    You know, it is always heart breaking to see this stuff happen. I hope they spring back somehow.
  • AnonymouZ - August 18, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    this is awesomely bad news for those 3 that keep playing apb
  • Cwf2008 - August 18, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    sucks for them...so no Crackdown 3 then?
  • JADENkOTOR - August 18, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    See devs, this is what happens when you don't pour your heart and soul into your work... let this be a lesson to all who try and make piss poor games and profit like kings from them. and what the shit is going on with ReCaptcha... they are all getting really long and wierd.
  • Ampatent - August 18, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    That's extremely unfortunate. APB wasn't a stellar game, but I didn't think it was THIS bad. It's a shame that having to live up to such massive expectations makes it so much more difficult for an MMO to be successful, I might have liked to play APB again some other time; guess that won't be happening now.
  • WaffleLeech - August 18, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Get your ass back on Crackdown.

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