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Have You Played… APB Reloaded?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The story of APB is a twisted games industry tale that makes us all squirm with discomfort. Presented as Grand Theft Auto meets MMO it had neither the confidence of the former nor the lifespan of the latter. It was ambitious but also…

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Citizens On Patrol: Arnold Tsang’s APB

This is the latest in the series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. Not only can I straightfacedly say that I enjoyed playing APB, I even have this document to prove it. Being what felt like a voice in the wilderness back then wasn't what was frustrating, though, it was knowing that the trolls…

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APB Reloaded Is Reloaded (Onto Steam)

It's a strange sight, seeing APB back on Steam, a year after it went away. Of course this is the new version, brought back to life by K2 Networks, reinvented as a free-to-play game. Which as of today can now be played-for-free via Steam. So, you gonna? And here's a sweet thing - the image above is captured from the new version of the game's…

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EG: The Fall Of Realtime Worlds

Our chums over at Eurogamer are running an article about the catastrophic failure of APB: After receiving the news, most of the former employees left for the pub straight away. But a core of the now jobless staff remained at the studio well into the night. Though the studio was finished and APB was effectively dead they didn't want to say goodbye, to each other…

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You’ll Never Take Us Alive: Epic To Buy APB?

The BBC mention the possibility that the remains of APB may be purchased by Epic. This actually squares with the reports from Gamesindustry.biz where Les Able of Begbies Traynor said that despite 300 parties having interest, none of the shortlist of six were "comfortable with buying it as a live operation." So, APB is dead and there's certainly six places on that list for Epic.…

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APB’s Last Bulletin

Perma-troubled MMO APB is preparing to see its last cop shoot its last robber. While bankrupted developer Realtime Worlds' second project, the social game Project: My World looks to have been rescued by a mystery US firm that may or may not be headed up by former RTW bossmen, All Points Bulletin has not been granted a similar second wind. Its impending closure has just…

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Americans Own MyWorld

While there's no news on APB, the BBC broke news yesterday that the administrators of Realtime Worlds have found a buyer for MyWorld. Staff had been kept on MyWorld in hope of them doing exactly that, so you have to chalk this up in the pro column for them. Who's the buyer? It's a secret. "One hundred per cent confidentiality has been imposed by the…

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Activision Aims To Recruit Ex-RTW Staff

There's a peculiar bit of news for all those Realtime Worlds employees who have found themselves out of a job in the last week. As an anonymous insider told us, "It’s a shame... as Dundee can’t absorb the level of game dev redundancies that are about to hit, which means the Dundee scene gets that little bit smaller." It seems that Activision is attempting to…

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Realtime Worlds Enter Administration

Oh, this is getting sadder. Following on the news of Yesterday's redundancies than Develop report their company sources that the company has entered administration. If no new investor can be found before an unspecified deadline, the company will enter full liquidation. Develop say their sources say the game will likely live on, if only in the hands of another developer. Full story here. I'd also…

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Redundancies At Real Time Worlds

Sad news broke on Friday. Firstly, with rumours that in addition to previously announced scaling back of the APB team post-launch, the whole team of the recently announced Social Networking Game MyWorld would be laid off. Later, speaking to Develop, Studio Manager Colin Macdonald confirmed that the further redundancies had been made, and that those cuts were made to the MyWorld team, but stopped short…

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Realtime Worlds’ Next Project: The Anti-APB

I'm going to show you a trailer in a second. Before you watch it, remind yourself what Realtime Worlds' last game, APB, was like: gangs, murder, crime, tattoos, joyriding, mercilessness... If Darren Aranovsky had followed up Requiem For A Dream with My Little Pony: The Movie, it'd probably be less of an about-face than RTW's new game, currently known as Project: MyWorld.

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APB Gets List Of Stuff To Be Improved

Despite some middling reviews, and a certain amount of internet grumbling, all is not lost for APB. It is set to be improved over the coming months, at least according to this post by the lead systems designer. Things that are to come under scrutiny include issues with camping, problems with cheaters, changes to rulesets, the improvement of vehicle handling, the look and feel of…

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APB Review Embargo Set Week After Release

Review embargoes are a very normal part of games journalism. Companies will put restrictions on when publications are allowed to talk about games before they're released. For previews this is done to control the dissemination of information. For reviews it's to allow certain publications to have an exclusive, or more muckily, because they don't want negative reviews to appear too much in advance of the…

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48 Hours (+2): APB Pricing Plan

The APB Pricing model has been revealed and it's not quite what we were expecting. Previously it was stated it would be subscription free. And it still kinda be. Basically, buying the game comes with 50 hours of actual shoot-and-driveage. After that, there's other options, varying from seven dollars for an extra 20 hours, to a play-as-much-as-your-want (gasp!) monthly subscription fee for ten dollars. I'm…

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APB: New Wave Of Beta

Realtime Worlds send word that "Massive" online shooter APB is taking another round of beta test signups to expand the testing. You can sign up here. It's still a closed beta with limited places, so there's no guarantee of getting it, but it's got to be worth a shot. “We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of new players to San Paro in the coming weeks.”…

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APB: Actual Game Footage

The first not-filmed-by-wobblecam game footage trailer of urban crime no-subscription fee MMO-shooter APB turned up on Gamespot this morning, and I've posted it below. It's got cars crashing and smashing, dudes getting shot, doors getting, er, opened, and a funny joke about dancing in MMOs at the end. Well, it's kind of a joke, I suppose.

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Develop ’09: VG247 Vs Mr Jones On APB

Internet info-king Pat Garratt of VG247 has bagged an interview with APB mastermind - the man who created the GTA series - Dave Jones. The Realtime Worlds bossman talked at length about the mechanics of the game, and even has a few words about the GTA series. You can watch it below. APB, in case you weren't paying attention, is a forthcoming 100-man online gang…

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RPS At E3: APB – The Most Important Game At E3

Of everything I saw at E3, APB stood out as the project with the greatest concentration of inspiration. Ignore the surprisingly crappy images that have been released so far - this one deserves your attention. During the presentation a colleague sat next to me leant in and said, "Bloody hell." A minute or so later I replied, "This is the first original idea I've seen…

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