If you read my review of All Points Bulletin back in July, you know that the game wasn’t the best. A lot of potential but it just felt too unfinished. Well apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt that way because the game’s developer, Realtime Worlds, declared bankruptcy a month ago due to poor sales. Not surprisingly, on the official blog for APB it was announced just yesterday that the servers would be shutting down after only two and a half months.
Sounds like a game that doomed from the start right? Well not everybody thinks so, it seems. According to the BBC, Epic Games is “one of the companies in the frame” for buying the failed MMO. The game was built using Epic’s Unreal Engine and apparently Mark Rein, Epic Games CEO, is a big fan. Dana Cowley, a spokesperson for Epic Games, said, “Mark absolutely loves APB, and everyone here loved what they saw,” and went on to say, “We’ve got our hands full of Gears of War 3, Bullet Storm and the recently announced Project Sword. If any talks like that are going on, then they would be confidential.”
To add to the pot, Dave Jones, founder of Realtime Worlds, has been rumored to have moved from Dundee, Scotland to the United States. According to Eurogamer, a ‘Dundee development source’ said, “Dave Jones and Epic is quite the talking point in town. He and Mr Rein are good chums and have worked together on many levels for years and years and years. And he’s not going to raise much money/staff here in the near future.”
So who knows? Maybe Epic want to try to revive the dead MMO, maybe they just want the title. I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.