The announcement of EA handling APB's marketing and distribution
was a pretty big one for Realtime Worlds
, and creative director Dave Jones was on hand at EA's press conference yesterday to speak with Gamasutra
about the game, the company, and the developments of APB
Game wise, Dave has spoken a bit further on how the law vs. criminal battles will work out for the game. Criminals will be able to battle against criminals, but enforcers will never find themselves matched against one another. This will open up the possibility of multiple front wars with other criminal factions, rather than a simple two front game.
Also, the game will feature large scale battles as well as "metagroups" where the game determines balancing for players who are doing exceptionally well. Dave's example was a group of 5 elite players might be matched against 15 normal ranking players, just to give the elite players a thrill and the 15 a chance against these 5.
The full interview with Gamasutra
goes into the company itself, partnering options, as well as more info on APB