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APB to continue in Europe and US

APB to continue in Europe and US

Realtime Worlds has confirmed APB will continue for the foreseeable future.

Administrators have confirmed that APB will continue to operate in Europe and the US for the foreseeable future, despite the collapse of developer Realtime Worlds earlier this week.

Realtime Worlds has apparently been restructured to ensure the future of the game, which already has new updates and patches on the way.

A new patch is apparently already active on the public test servers, with future updates promised as well. The latest tweaks focus in on the matchmaking system, UI alterations and improvements to vehicle handling.

Administrators from Begbies Taylor, who are handling Realtime Worlds until someone buys what is left of the Scottish developer, assured fans that the game will remain 100 percent stable and will be fully supported by what is left of the company.

Realtime Worlds apparently has only 53 staff remaining at its main Dundee branch, a severe cull from the 210 developers who used to work there. Realtime Worlds' US branch, based in Colorado, has been similarly affected – 28 staff have been let go, leaving only 14.

The lacklustre commercial performance of APB was listed as a major factor in the collapse of Realtime Worlds, with creditors in the UK reportedly owed close to £3 million GBP.

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mrbens 19th August 2010, 18:07 Quote
lol Joe, read your stuff back before posting!!
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Unknownsock 19th August 2010, 18:08 Quote
Pity this had alot of potential in my eyes, although a few patches away until i would buy it really.
Hovis 19th August 2010, 18:09 Quote
People complained that between beta and the first months of launch no new content had been added to the already pretty small amount of content in the game. So patch 1.4.1 adds new hats.

Yay.

I've played a bit of the new build on the test server and it's definitely a big improvement, though not because of the hats. New gunnery system which includes recoil, new weapon sounds, new driving system, all good as far as I can tell. Makes me wonder though, as somebody who has played subscription based games online for about a decade or so (not all of them MMORPGs, but mostly) it seems to be the case that they always make a massive improvement after the first month or two of launch. It's like they come out, then the first waves of patches hit, and suddenly the games are much better, and I can't think of any exception to this rule. Which makes me wonder if every game is launched on the cusp of a Eureka moment in its development, or if the players of the live version provide much more useful data than those of beta, or if every game should just be delayed, arbitrarily, by a month.
DragunovHUN 19th August 2010, 18:09 Quote
Typo in the first line.

Well that's a bit of a relief, except that the last PTW patch was in July so i don't know what they're on about. PTW is actually outdated compared to retail at the moment AFAIK.
CardJoe 19th August 2010, 18:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
lol Joe, read your stuff back before posting!!

Damned laptop keyboard. Fixed!
Hovis 19th August 2010, 18:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Typo in the first line.

Well that's a bit of a relief, except that the last PTW patch was in July so i don't know what they're on about. PTW is actually outdated compared to retail at the moment AFAIK.

It's on the new version. If you've got a retail account you can update and play it even if your game time is up.
DragunovHUN 19th August 2010, 19:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hovis
It's on the new version. If you've got a retail account you can update and play it even if your game time is up.
Last update announcement on the PTW forums is for 1.2.1(39). Granted with RTW's excellent communication regarding the PTW (for the most part we didn't even know what the hell we were supposed to test) the game itself could be up to version 9000. I haven't been on there in a while.

I stopped playing around the time they started letting retail people in the PTW.
borandi 19th August 2010, 21:12 Quote
Surely the use of £ and GBP is a tautologous tautology.
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