Realtime Worlds Shutting Down APB, And Soon

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Realtime Worlds' freefall after the June release of its MMO APB has been terrible to observe, and it appears as if the skeleton crew left in the studio after the reported mass layoffs won't even be able to keep the root of the studio's woes afloat long enough to recoup its costs. This afternoon, Realtime's Ben Bateman has announced the apparent immediate closure of APB via the game's official forums.

"APB has been a fantastic journey," he wrote, "but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end. Today we are sad to announce that despite everyone's best efforts to keep the service running; APB is coming to a close." 
 

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Bateman didn't get specific as to when the MMO's servers would be shut down, but his encouragement to "join the party and say goodbye" certainly suggests that the time to flick a switch is nigh. 

As Joystiq points out, this sudden closure brings up a wee little issue for users who have money locked up in the MMO's zany Realtime Points system. Will they get refunds? Realtime didn't address this in the post that otherwise so graciously thanks its hardcore base for their devoted, but brief, support.
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#1  Edited By BradNicholson
Realtime Worlds' freefall after the June release of its MMO APB has been terrible to observe, and it appears as if the skeleton crew left in the studio after the reported mass layoffs won't even be able to keep the root of the studio's woes afloat long enough to recoup its costs. This afternoon, Realtime's Ben Bateman has announced the apparent immediate closure of APB via the game's official forums.

"APB has been a fantastic journey," he wrote, "but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end. Today we are sad to announce that despite everyone's best efforts to keep the service running; APB is coming to a close." 
 

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Bateman didn't get specific as to when the MMO's servers would be shut down, but his encouragement to "join the party and say goodbye" certainly suggests that the time to flick a switch is nigh. 

As Joystiq points out, this sudden closure brings up a wee little issue for users who have money locked up in the MMO's zany Realtime Points system. Will they get refunds? Realtime didn't address this in the post that otherwise so graciously thanks its hardcore base for their devoted, but brief, support.
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#2  Edited By DaBuddaDa

Disaster!

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#3  Edited By Siffit

Fast

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#4  Edited By shawnyofthedead

not suprising considering how broken it was

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#5  Edited By TheMustacheHero

Called that one.
 
 
But I payed 50 bucks for this. So I guess I'm a sucker too.

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#6  Edited By mrariscottle

Woah that didn't last long!

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#7  Edited By zombie2011

Should have just made Crackdown 2.

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#8  Edited By The_Laughing_Man

From what I heard. Servers are down by now. 

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#9  Edited By Hamz

Less than 3 months after release and it's closing down. Astonishing. 

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#11  Edited By Mcfart

According to Twitter, the servers are going down tonight.

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#12  Edited By myslead

fail mmo is fail

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#13  Edited By phrosnite

And they spent like 100 million making this game? What a f-ing waste of money. When I saw it for the first time I new it would suck but many people were excited about it. It was weird to me...

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#14  Edited By The_Laughing_Man
@Mcfart said:
" According to Twitter, the servers are going down tonight. "
Link? 
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#15  Edited By Ghostiet

Really surprising, only not. And quite pathetic - that game was announced a million years ago, now it's getting shut down after 3 months.

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#16  Edited By General_D23

Wow. Figured it had at least a "good" few months left in, least to the end of the year.
 
Damn, 3 months.

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#17  Edited By harrisonave

Not like this!

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#18  Edited By natetodamax

What a tremendous failure that is. I feel bad for everyone that worked hard on the game. All those man hours wasted. What a shame.

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#19  Edited By Milkman

Man, that is so bad it's almost impressive. 

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#20  Edited By Mrnitropb
@fedorajay said:
" Based on the Quick Look, I doubt there's going to be a GB farewell like they did with The Matrix Online. "
:( but but how can you send something of without mockery?
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#21  Edited By Sil3n7

The beta was busted to hell so no surprise here.

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#22  Edited By carlthenimrod

Crimecraft outlasted APB... That says way more about APB then Crimecraft.

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#23  Edited By SteamPunkJin
@zombie2011 said:
" Should have just made Crackdown 2. "
Would have saved us from two terrible games!
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#24  Edited By LordCmdrStryker

You can't convince me that nobody in that studio had any idea that this game was going to be a steaming pile of donkey crap.  This is what happens when guys can't let go.

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#25  Edited By Sankis
@SteamPunkJin said:
" @zombie2011 said:
" Should have just made Crackdown 2. "
Would have saved us from two terrible games! "
Why do you say that? You played Crackdown 1, didn't you?
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#26  Edited By Davin

This has to be one of the largest MMO failures ever in the history of gaming. It's unheard of for these games to die so soon.

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#27  Edited By tenchim1a

Even Hellgate lasted a year before the end.  This is sad for everybody involved.

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#29  Edited By Afroman269

They should have just stuck to making a new Crackdown.

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#30  Edited By frankxiv

just sell the character creator for offline use like spore.

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#31  Edited By Oni

hoooly shit this is sad. What a trainwreck this entire game's trajectory has been. $100 million and shut down within months... wow. I feel bad for all the people that used to work at RTW, I really think they tried to make a great game, it just didn't come together. Market reality's a bitch, I guess.
 
It's a spectacular failure, but it's also a bit sad.

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#32  Edited By alternate

Shocking.  MMO devs should be forced to take out insurance so that if they go belly up the servers stay live for at least a year.  Even Hellgate London lasted longer.  If you bought APB you have the right to feel royally fucked by this.

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#33  Edited By mikeeegeee

Amanda Matricks.

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#34  Edited By scarace360

o well.

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#35  Edited By SteamPunkJin
@Sankis said:
" @SteamPunkJin said:
" @zombie2011 said:
" Should have just made Crackdown 2. "
Would have saved us from two terrible games! "
Why do you say that? You played Crackdown 1, didn't you? "
I did it, and at the time it was highly enjoyable. I honestly thing RealTime Worlds would have added something to Crackdown 2, and not in the superficial ways that Ruffian did - my understanding of the situation was that MS sat too long on the sequel and RTW was unavailable due to work on APB - thus Ruffian was formed and they cranked out Crackdown 2 in a matter os 18 or 24 months - really short Dev. time, which was one of their excuses for reusing Pacific City.  So, again I think that RTW would have added something more  and something significant had they been the ones working on Crackdown 2.
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#36  Edited By Anatek

The character creation was the coolest part of this game

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#37  Edited By gexecuter

I feel sorry for everyone that put money into APB.

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This has to be a new record for quickest MMO death right? Even Hellgate: London got a year of life.

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#39  Edited By LordCmdrStryker

All I have to say is:  The King is dead, long live the King.

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#40  Edited By Death_Burnout

y'know what? nooo sympathy from me at all.

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#41  Edited By Ronald

And so ends the long reign of APB as the top MMO game out there. Let's remember way back to when the game first came out.

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#42  Edited By mosdl
@Davin said:
" This has to be one of the largest MMO failures ever in the history of gaming. It's unheard of for these games to die so soon. "
Or perhaps they finally got smart and realized it was a lost cause and not to spend more money on something that will never recoup the costs.
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#43  Edited By Ravenousrattler

Sad but not unexpected.I hope they do something with the character customizer, that looked sick as hell.

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#44  Edited By chogi

so does this mean ryan is gonna play til the end like he did to matrix online?

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#45  Edited By TheFreeMan

Damn, this is mad depressing.

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#46  Edited By christ0phe

Obviously...people should just stop trying to make MMOs

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#47  Edited By Acornactivist

i wanted this game to succeed to badly. Then it came out and I knew it was going to wither and die, but I wouldn't have guessed so soon. Is this some record or something? Even the Matrix Online lasted longer than this didn't it?

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#48  Edited By dvorak

The patch servers are already down, so at this point it's already dead.

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#49  Edited By ultrapeanut
@alternate said:
" Shocking.  MMO devs should be forced to take out insurance so that if they go belly up the servers stay live for at least a year.  Even Hellgate London lasted longer.  If you bought APB you have the right to feel royally fucked by this. "
I don't think this is even the point where APB buyers started to feel royally fucked by their purchase.
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