APB

FeatureWhat happened to gaming's Waterworld?

The fall and plummet of APB.

Back in 2008, Realtime Worlds was sitting pretty. A year after the release of the well-received Crackdown, the Dundee-based studio's founder and GTA creator David Jones managed to net $50m for its pet project, the ambitious MMO APB: All Points Bulletin. He was positive about its chances, and given the interest in the project and the pedigree behind it he had every right to be. APB would be the company's first big online game, he thought. Instead, it was to be Realtime Worlds' last.

FeatureRealtime Crisis

The collapse of Realtime Worlds will impact UK development for years to come.

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RTW needs partner to do console APB

Would love to do it "if there's interest".

Dave Jones has told Eurogamer that Realtime Worlds will need to find a publishing partner in order to do a console version of APB.

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Stop in the game of the law!

Mark Rein, star of the maddest thing we've ever published, is a lot of things. He's a former id Software play-tester. He's a vice president of Epic Games. He's a shameless promoter of Unreal Engine 3. He's a fantastic conversation. Today though, Mark Rein is a cop.

Jones: APB "has to ship on a DVD"

Not comfortable ditching retail yet.

Realtime Worlds boss Dave Jones has said that he needs Electronic Arts' publishing might because he's "not really comfortable" doing away with retail on a 6GB game.

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Liberty city.

Let's start with the hardest question to answer. Is APB (All Points Bulletin), the new online game from the makers of Crackdown, an MMO?

E3: Report: APB still heading to 360

Despite no mention in EA release.

APB is still on its way to Xbox 360 as well as PC, despite EA only announcing that it will be publishing the game for "PC in early 2010" at its press conference.

E3: EA to publish Realtime's APB

Crime-themed MMO finds a new home.

At EA's E3 press conference in Los Angeles today, the company has announced that it will be publishing Realtime Worlds' cops versus robbers MMO, APB.

Realtime Worlds hints at APB for E3

Urban MMO ready to reveal?

Realtime Worlds has teasingly suggested to Eurogamer that All Points Bulletin may be shown at E3, which would provide our first real glimpse of the promising urban MMO.

Register your interest in APB

If you want to hear first about the beta.

Realtime Worlds has taken the first baby step towards a beta test for its cops-and-robbers MMO, All Points Bulletin, by offering you a chance to register your interest in the game.

APB is "bastard child" of GTA

Realtime says crime MMO is life's work.

Talking to videogaming247, Realtime Worlds' Colin Macdonald said that crime MMO All Points Bulletin is everything creator Dave Jones has wanted to do since he started work on the first GTA.

APB isn't Realtime's only game

And it's "not that far away".

Speaking to videogaming247 at the Develop Online conference today, Realtime Worlds' Colin Macdonald revealed that the Crackdown developer is making another game alongside crime MMO All Ponts Bulletin.

Realtime Worlds donates to APB site

Fans get USD 1000 for new server.

Realtime Worlds has donated USD 1000 to an All Points Bulletin fansite to help keep it up and running, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

Realtime downplays GTA Online talk

As rumours swirl that Rockstar's buying APB.

Eurogamer has been told by a credible industry source that Realtime Worlds bought the All Points Bulletin licence back from publisher Webzen so that it could try and sell it to Rockstar as GTA Online.

APB coming to PS3 too?

"We'll be looking seriously at it."

Realtime Worlds has told GamesIndustry.biz that will be "looking seriously" at the possibility of bringing MMO All Points Bulletin to the PS3.

Jones shows off APB features

Puts Miyamoto in comedy pants.

Realtime Worlds boss Dave Jones has been showing off the huge amount of customisation options featured in forthcoming PC and Xbox 360 title All Points Bulletin.

APB concept trailer

APB concept trailer

Now on Eurofiles.

Korean publisher Webzen has released a new 'concept' trailer for forthcoming PC and Xbox 360 gangbanger, All Points Bulletin. You can download it here.

There's no in-game footage to be seen, but the trailer is designed to offer a taster of what we can expect from APB - namely a bit of car-jacking, a lot of shooting and a vast amount of run-ins with the cops. And it's all being put together by one David Jones, the man behind the original Grand Theft Auto.

APB is due out on PC in 2007, with the Xbox 360 version to follow in 2008. You can read more about the game here.

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