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GTA MMO developed by Crackdown team?

GTA MMO developed by Crackdown team?

Grand Theft Auto Online - possibly the best idea in the history of gaming?

According to rumours circulating on the internet, Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds has just bought back the rights to the APB MMO game it'd been making after selling the rights to a Korean publisher.

Realtime Worlds, which was founded by GTA creator David Jones, had been working on APB since the release of Crackdown and the game was basically being billed as an online version of Grand Theft Auto.

Now though the rumour, according to some insider sources cited by Eurogamer, is that Realtime Worlds has bought the license back so that APB can be re-badged and sold to Rockstar as a ready-made Grand Theft Auto Online game.

Why Realtime bought the license back from Korean games publisher Webzen is currently unconfirmed, but given the recent release of Grand Theft Auto IV and the fact that Realtime worlds has a history of replicating the success of the GTA franchise, it certainly looks likely.

Realtime Worlds is currently keeping schtum on all these rumours of course and has said it only bought back the rights to the game to "give themselves some options".

Are you excited by the idea of a GTA MMO, or are you simply bewildered by the number of acronyms on show here? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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Mankz 9th May 2008, 12:48 Quote
WANT.
iwog 9th May 2008, 12:55 Quote
I may be being incredibly dense or something but I cant figure out what APB means...
Veles 9th May 2008, 12:57 Quote
So long as it remains GTA and doesn't turn into the standard MMO grindfest then that's fine.
Jordan Wise 9th May 2008, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by iwog
I may be being incredibly dense or something but I cant figure out what APB means...

me neither. it better not happen, i hate how everything MUST be multiplayer now, it ruined COD4, and MMO is the worst sort.
Almightyrastus 9th May 2008, 13:06 Quote
going by the style and theme of a GTA type game then I would say APB is along the lines of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_points_bulletin
iwog 9th May 2008, 13:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
me neither.

Well after a quick google APB either means:
Auditing Practices Board, which i think would make a rather bad game
- or -
APB, seriously that's the entire name of the game but it does stand for something and that something is: All Points Bulletin
Although this is the first I've ever heard of it, which is weird considering wikipedia says "APB was planned as early as 2005"

EDIT: too slow :(
Tris 9th May 2008, 13:12 Quote
multiplayer ruined cod4? thats a novel viewpoint given its the second most played game online atm (after WoW of course).
will. 9th May 2008, 13:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
So long as it remains GTA and doesn't turn into the standard MMO grindfest then that's fine.

Actually... A lot of GTA's missions are essentially WoW type quests :p

Go here, kill that, collect this, come back.

It already fits perfectly!
K 9th May 2008, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
me neither. it better not happen, i hate how everything MUST be multiplayer now, it ruined COD4, and MMO is the worst sort.


Yeah, I think you might be on your own with that one.
Tris 9th May 2008, 13:16 Quote
oh, and with regards to APB, its a fairly widely used american term isnt it? seen it on loads of films, putting out an "abp" (presumably short for all points bulletin as mentioned above) on a person...basically a modern wanted poster from what i can see.

edit: yeah so i also missed that someone already answered this
Mentai 9th May 2008, 13:25 Quote
I think the current multiplayer modes available in GTA4 are adequate... The city would be too chaotic if you added in the number of players MMO's usually have.
bowman 9th May 2008, 13:43 Quote
All Points Bulletin MUST be developed and owned by REAL TIME WORLDS.

NOT Rockstar. David Jones is the original mind behind GTA, he knows where GTA belongs, and as such APB is set for a PC release.

Do you think Rockstar would bother with a PC release? It wouldn't be as easy to just do a sloppy port a few months later of an MMO.

RTW, please, do not let Rockstar ruin a game I was otherwise interested in.
sotu1 9th May 2008, 13:52 Quote
APB must clearly mean accutely paranormal bladder. not really. Joe, what the hell does it mean!?

GTA MMO could be good, there's a massive fan base and lots of potential and ppl have been screaming for one for years. However, what concerns me is this: It's obviously going to be an 18 game, or 15 at the least, and ideas like racism, violence etc will be particularly prominent in the game. Now while i'm ok with this in a single player game...we're bringing this stuff online. players are probably more likely to see that kind of behavior as socially acceptable to other people. It's one thing to be a ba*tard to a game, it's another to do it to a person, even if they are online, especially in a game that constantly promotes these kinds of behaviours. It's not so much the violence I'm worried about, it's the attitudes of people I'm concerned about.

I know I'm gonna get flamed for this and told that games get left in games and that people should not buy games like this for kids...but yeh just a little concern of mine.

go ahead. flame me.
CardJoe 9th May 2008, 13:59 Quote
It does mean ALL POINTS BULLETIN, but the game itself is just called APB.

It's a lot like MDK really.
badders 9th May 2008, 14:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
It's a lot like MDK really.

Well what does THAT mean?
dsjonboy 9th May 2008, 14:59 Quote
If you check out some videos on Youtube look at the character customisation. It has to be some of the best ive seen so far
Veles 9th May 2008, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by will.
Actually... A lot of GTA's missions are essentially WoW type quests :p

Go here, kill that, collect this, come back.

It already fits perfectly!

While that is quite true, it would be a shame if they introduced horrible mechanics like grinding enemies to get levels and reputation and having to do 4 hour raids to get the rare gun and crap like that. Although I doubt a GTA MMO would ever turn out like that.
sotu1 9th May 2008, 15:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
It's a lot like MDK really.

Well what does THAT mean?

MDK means Master Da Kontrols or Miner Discovers Kryptonite according to the adverts IIRC
LeMaltor 9th May 2008, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by K
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
me neither. it better not happen, i hate how everything MUST be multiplayer now, it ruined COD4, and MMO is the worst sort.


Yeah, I think you might be on your own with that one.

No he isn't, I think it's awful too.
misterd 9th May 2008, 16:38 Quote
MDK = Murder Death Kill from 97

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDK_(video_game)
Major 9th May 2008, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by misterd
MDK = Murder Death Kill from 97

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDK_(video_game)

What a game MDK2 was.

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Anakha 9th May 2008, 17:54 Quote
APB, the game, is (IIRC) a more modern remake of the 1987 Atari arcade classic, "A.P.B." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.P.B._(arcade_game), which I burned many a 20p on back in the day.
Thacrudd 9th May 2008, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
I think the current multiplayer modes available in GTA4 are adequate... The city would be too chaotic if you added in the number of players MMO's usually have.

LOL could you imagine? It would be like a massive riot going on 24/7! You couldn't get anything done! (of course they would find a way to get around it)
Joeymac 9th May 2008, 18:26 Quote
They should have just started making Crackdown 2.. Crackdown was so much fun but there's also loads more they could do with it. It'll be a huge missed opportunity if they don't get working on it. GTA is what is it because of the work put into the city... rehasing this other game and forcing into a GTA game just won't work. How could it.
chrisb2e9 9th May 2008, 21:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Joeymac
They should have just started making Crackdown 2.. Crackdown was so much fun but there's also loads more they could do with it. It'll be a huge missed opportunity if they don't get working on it. GTA is what is it because of the work put into the city... rehasing this other game and forcing into a GTA game just won't work. How could it.

exactly, I shoot someone, someone shoots me, I respawn and steal a car but get shot while trying to steal it. fun...
HourBeforeDawn 9th May 2008, 23:06 Quote
oh I hope they dont, GTA is bad enough dont need to make an online gange community lol, whats out on the streets is bad enough ~_~
LordPyrinc 10th May 2008, 01:48 Quote
An MMO for GTA? Sounds like a simulation of pure anarchy... sounds like Utopia to me.:|

TBH, I never understood the appeal of the GTA games to start with, but that's just me. Nothing like a good wholesome game chocked full of doing illegal stuff to entertain the youth of our great planet. My bet is that this MMO will be full of teen and pre-teen players whose parents are TFS (too f**king stupid) to make a good judgement call on what type of game they buy for their kids.
Jordan Wise 10th May 2008, 03:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
No he isn't, I think it's awful too.

thankyou. And tris, the reason behind that, and WOW, is best summed up in the manner of House- Everyones an idiot.

If they didn't bother with the multiplayer and put all of their effort into the singleplayer, they would have had something unrivaled in brilliance, instead, some of the singleplayer missions where a bit, well, less awesome than the rest of them. If they were all up to the quality of the first mission on the boat and the sniper mission then it would have been flawless.

COD4 is a terrible multiplayer. They have some serious balancing issues with the weapons, such as the nade laucher- click mouse to gain frag, and don't get me started on the martyrdom perk, aka the single dumbest idea in a game ever
knuck 10th May 2008, 06:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
thankyou. And tris, the reason behind that, and WOW, is best summed up in the manner of House- Everyones an idiot.

If they didn't bother with the multiplayer and put all of their effort into the singleplayer, they would have had something unrivaled in brilliance, instead, some of the singleplayer missions where a bit, well, less awesome than the rest of them. If they were all up to the quality of the first mission on the boat and the sniper mission then it would have been flawless.

COD4 is a terrible multiplayer. They have some serious balancing issues with the weapons, such as the nade laucher- click mouse to gain frag, and don't get me started on the martyrdom perk, aka the single dumbest idea in a game ever

agreed but ... that's because you have played on public servers only. When it comes to competition, the game is just as good as cod 1 ans 2.. too bad it,s all about fcking search and destroy though

anyway, back on topic... I wonder how they could actually make a GTA MMO that is not completely chaotic with everyone just driving over other players and raping prostitues in the middle of the street ? (said that way, this game would be completely insane)
tranc3 10th May 2008, 18:29 Quote
Im excited. always liked the idea of mmo, just never seen any thing i was real interested in. im not big on the "click this go there" things. as long as it's got real game play and feels like the gta series, I'd play it.

after thought. - With the idea of multilayer being so popular. i do enjoy them. but i also have dial up at my house. so i think if a company comes out with a single player game, there should be a single player first. or do them to gather like normally. but with mmos, its normally a 5 minute single player then online for the rest.
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