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Epic Linked to Possible APB Acquisition

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

All Points Bulletin closed its doors Thursday night, and now Epic Games has been named as a potential buyer.

After five years in development, Realtime Worlds' urban-themed MMOG All Points Bulletin (APB) went live in June 2010, inviting PC gamers to join the conflict between the Enforcers and the Criminals in a modern-day, fictional city called San Parto.

After receiving a lackluster reception, the game's developer restructured itself in July to provide better support for the game. By the middle of August, Realtime Worlds went into administration mode and closed its Colorado office while laying off most of the staff at its central Scotland office. Ultimately 250 jobs were lost altogether.

As of Thursday night, APB officially went offline.

"APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end," said community officer Ben Bateman. "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."

According to BBC News, APB may be passed on to another developer. Earlier this month, Realtime Worlds sold the intellectual property (IP) rights to its social game Project: My World for an undisclosed amount. The developer is currently trying to do the same with APB, however so far the efforts have failed.

However now reports reveal that one potential buyer was actually named: Epic Games. Naturally, Epic confirmed nor denied the possibility. "Mark absolutely loves APB, and everyone here loved what they saw," said an Epic representative. "We've got our hands full of Gears of War 3, Bullet Storm and the recently announced Project Sword. If any talks like that are going on, then they would be confidential."

As Eurogamer's Johnny Minkley pointed out, Epic built the technology behind the MMOG--it would seemingly require little effort to get the game back up and running again. "Whether the potential is enough to outweigh the challenges of reviving a failed project is another matter," he said.

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    sabot00 , September 18, 2010 7:08 PM
    Survival of the fittest, read any of the reviews on APB and I think the game deserved to die.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2010 7:10 PM
    give the game a chance, it went live for 2 months and now NO ONE is willing to give it a chance. Epic, at VERY least please give it more life than 2 months.
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    kriswitak , September 18, 2010 7:11 PM
    I played this pile, and I can say it interested me for about 5 mins. After that 5 minute mark, I literally turned around an uninstalled it. This was the beta, but still. Most betas are going to give you an idea of what to expect.
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    sliem , September 18, 2010 7:36 PM
    I haven't played but I heard that the game is not good. You shoot the head = same damage as shoot the hand.
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    ct1615 , September 18, 2010 7:43 PM
    i smell another free to play MMO that no one plays....
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    Benihana , September 18, 2010 9:16 PM
    It was on sale a while ago, I considered buying it but monthly fees for a game that didn't look so good turned me off. I got Borderlands and Killing Floor instead...
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    Travis Beane , September 18, 2010 9:54 PM
    Action District is still working on getting the private server up.
    Through the community, it will live on for as long as they can.

    Meant to give the game a try, but never did.
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    proxy711 , September 18, 2010 10:04 PM
    Ya i played the beta too, well it was really the stress test. But ya after about 10 mins playing i could tell it was going to flop big time. The game felt like it was a stable alpha of the game, not the final stage of beta.

    Kind of like how FFXIV feels which will once again fail in the US.
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    theoutbound , September 19, 2010 12:39 AM
    Wow, it's not worth it to buy a new MMO these days. I wouldn't even consider getting into a new one until it's had at least six months of life to ensure it will be around a week after it goes gold.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 19, 2010 1:00 AM
    BenihanaIt was on sale a while ago, I considered buying it but monthly fees for a game that didn't look so good turned me off. I got Borderlands and Killing Floor instead...

    At least for killing floor, you don't own the game. You own a license to the privilege of access to play it and that's all.
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    dEAne , September 19, 2010 3:29 AM
    I will try this one.
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    kingnoobe , September 19, 2010 8:27 AM
    Final fantasy didn't fail in america theout.. Just because you don't like something and it doesn't have the numbers of WOW does not mean it fails.

    Now this game did fail. 2 months, and it's done that is failure.
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 4:25 AM
    what a pathetic attempt at what could of been a really awesome game. so disheartening to play and game then realize the game is complete considering shooting at guy at different parts of his body (ex. head) and doing the same damage as if it were to hit him in his feet??? so many minor details were left out or not thought of that completely made this game a pile of
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    dEAne , September 20, 2010 7:34 AM
    What's next on this.
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    zak_mckraken , September 20, 2010 12:55 PM
    I tried to give it a chance, but the demo key given by never worked. Too bad, I might have enjoyed this.
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    decepticon , September 20, 2010 2:49 PM
    So are they going to reimburse those people that bought it?! I mean really, $100 isn't that much to give back! ;D
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    tommysch , September 20, 2010 3:25 PM
    dEAneI will try this one.

    LOL @ your reading skill
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    killerclick , September 20, 2010 4:22 PM
    MMOs should be banned and all developers of such games executed
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    zak_mckraken , September 20, 2010 4:54 PM
    theoutboundWow, it's not worth it to buy a new MMO these days. I wouldn't even consider getting into a new one until it's had at least six months of life to ensure it will be around a week after it goes gold.

    Yeah, and how do you expect the game to take flight if everyone have the same conservation approach as you do?
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    kelldore , September 20, 2010 5:57 PM
    I got the game as a gift and sadly i still had a good 15 hours of play time left on the 50 that you get for free when you buy the game. At the core the idea was awesome a basic cops and robbers game, its very fun but, unbalanced matchmaking system that pitted new players against veterans with jacked up weapons stats and abilities, non stop sniper camps at many of the missions with no real way to finish the objective except hoping a mad rush will break though. The horrid physics of driving (really floaty) and with the new patch you cant even group normaly or decide which missions you want to get, let alone a built in VOIP feature that is broken where push to transmit is broken and you are forced to listen to everyones background noise as they are forced to listen to yours as you are forced to use the always transmit feature instead.

    I hope EPIC fixes this charlie foxtrot and gets it back on its feet, I still hope to play it again someday.