Realtime Worlds, the studio behind the GTA-like MMO, has gone bankrupt. They was word of a buyout coming, but that never saw the light of day. Now, they have no choice but to close up shop on their mildly popular free roaming environment prematurely. It was an ambitious project, but they implemented it poorly but not offering enough micro transaction options amongst other things.
Realtime Worlds community officer Ben Bateman says, “APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end.” Which was posted on the games official forum. The servers will be up and running for the remainder of the month to get one last play through in.
It had a strong start when it launched in July, with approximately 130,000 users, but that never grew and eventually tapered off. It is always sad news when a studio has to cut the cord on a project they worked so hard on, but sometimes it’s not meant to be, even if it means 50 people have to lose their jobs.