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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 12:42PM Misterlee said

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Wow, that seems to have happened so suddenly. It wasn't that long ago that Epic was all over APB saying how awesome and fun it was to play. Maybe they should put their money where their mouth is and help RTW out?

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 12:50PM Keen and Graev said

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On one hand I feel band. On the other I feel no remorse because they developed a game with clear flaws for whatever reason.

It's sad, but get ready for it to start happening a lot more. There's a MMO market crash coming soon if we continue to see sub-par games released as cash grabs (not that APB was a cash grab).

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 2:40PM (Unverified) said

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I agree with you 100%. The more I read about this situation, the more it sounds like a huge management failure. I feel bad for the staff and Dublin game development community that's going to get a huge kick in the groin from this.

This just goes to show you that money can't buy you a good game. RTW got what, $80M to develop this game over 5 years? All they could produce was a buggy piece of trash that was improperly managed and marketed?

Investors keep chasing the next WoW but I think they're finally starting to realize it isn't as easy as the pitchmen make it sound.

I know someone who blindly invested in Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment to the brink of bankruptsy because they fell for colourful pie charts and bullshiz projections.

I can't wait for the smaller studio revolution to finally hit. Smaller niche games backed by smaller budgets is the way to go imho.

Then again, without smarter managers and competent staff, no game will become successful.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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. . . once again, I'm speechless . . .

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:37PM BubleFett said

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Show me the money, Show me the Money



Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:45PM kasapina said

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Quoting:
Originally Posted by Toxico,
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As you may or may not have already read, RTW has recently announced that it has entered into administration. When reading this news, you’ll probably be wondering what effect this will have on you, the players.

Well, the good news is that it doesn’t. APB will continue to run, receive updates and is completely accessible. There will be no disruption to the service.

For more information on updates, remember to visit the ‘In Development’ section of the APB forums, as well as follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 2:00PM (Unverified) said

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@Kasapina

You do know he's just doing damage control, right?

From BBC article on RTW in Administration:
"Realtime has its main development operations in Dundee and its parent company head office and online operations are in Colorado.

The administrators will employ some of the 42 staff in the US to assist in selling the business.

Mr Dounis added: "Our intention is to continue trading the company while we attempt to find a going concern buyer which will safeguard the future of the business."

He said it was hoped that any future buyer would continue to develop APB"
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 7:21PM karnisov said

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yup. that info is on gamasutra also. sounds like liquidation and not reorg. this is why I wait until a year after release before buying an mmo.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:49PM Jade Effect said

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I guess this is it for Realtime Worlds. I can't see how they can recover, unless they somehow make a miracle patch that has everyone beating on their doors to play the game, or find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Is this a record for a MMo that closed so quickly? Off the top of my head, I recall Auto Assault, Tabula Rasa and even Earth & Beyond lasted more than a couple of months.

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 3:13PM Psychotic Storm said

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TR would last indefinitely if it wasn't owned by SCsoft.

lets not get this tragic story in this conversation, suffice to say it wasn't the games, or the developers fault, both were stellar.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 3:13PM Psychotic Storm said

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*NCsoft
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Posted: Aug 18th 2010 9:02AM Snichy said

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The "miracle patch" may actually happen - patch 1.4.1 is on its way which is a game changer according to people on the PTW (test server). We shall see.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2010 10:32AM UnSub said

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There's a list here with some of the shortest lifespans seen by MMOs:

http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/feature/2952/page/1

APB (if it closes) certainly will have the shortest lifespan for a AAA budget title.

As for TR: NCsoft gave it a lot of chances, but it was going to be a black hole for a long time.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:50PM (Unverified) said

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If they put the company up for sale on Ebay, I'll bid for it :)

The concept is still sound and the foundations are in the right place, it just needs six months or so to turn it into the game that it should've been.

Posted: Aug 18th 2010 9:03AM Snichy said

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Some might argue that if you cant make a good game with $100m and 5 years, you never will...!
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 3:36PM SocksForYou said

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"Things are perfectly fine here folks all is well..."

*Sound of bill collectors knocking on door and screaming on voicemail*

"We've hit a few...speedbumps in our financials but we foresee a bright future for APB and..."

*Electricity is turned off*

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 3:54PM Suplyndmnd said

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Reminded me of the Iraq Relations guy when we first started to invade. Talking about how they were killing the US troops by the thousands outside the doors and that there are no troops in Iraq. In the mean time we had thousands of troops in Iraq.

You would have to be blind to not have seen this coming with RTW. The game was reported to be buggy as hell in Beta, they released an insane subscription/payment plan, the PR for the game was atrocious about no reviews until like a month after release. All that just threw up red flag after red flag and people were smart enough to realize something wasn't right and just didn't buy the game. It was doomed to fail from the start so i'm not sure WHY they went ahead with the release. It's a shame too because I was looking forward to this game WAY before it ever got hyped and was basically unheard of by 95% of people. It sounded so exciting and turned to this. Spore in MMO form.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 9:54PM (Unverified) said

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I don't like to see companies fail, nor jobs lost but come on! WTF! This game had failure all over it. Just like Tera will fail. These companies need to really think about what MMO gamers want. Idiots!

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