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Epic Games Could Acquire Realtime Worlds' IP
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Realtime Worlds - the developer behind the original Crackdown - entered administration last month, leaving its current IPs hanging in the balance, sparking rumours of potential buyers circling the studio's still-warm carcass. With reportedly 300 parties interested in picking up the firm's IP, it has recently emerged that Gears of War and Unreal developer Epic Games could be making a last minute bid to take the reins on APB.

With speculation confirmed by administrator Begbies Traynor that "the plug is about to be pulled" on APB after RTW failed to find a buyer for the IP, Epic could offer the game a lifeline and (whisper it) possibly increase the possibility of the sandbox title coming to Xbox 360. But that's just our own speculation though.

Realtime Worlds has ceased selling APB and the in-game 'RTW Points' currency on its official website, although patches continue to be issued for the game. APB currently has 130,000 registered players that spend an average of $28 a month on the game, which could make an acquisition of APB a fairly canny move for Epic.

With Realtime Worlds' Dave Jones a close friend of Epic Founder & Vice President, Mark Rein, it looks likely that Jones could continue work on APB (and possibly new project MyWorld) under the Epic Games umbrella, if recent rumours are to be believed.

"Mark (Rein) absolutely loves the game, everyone loves what they saw," Epic's Dana Cowley told the BBC. "We've got our hands full on Gears of War 3, Bulletstorm and the recently announced (iPad/iPhone game) Project Sword. If any talks like that are going on, then they would be confidential."

 



 
 

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Comment #1 by heezerules
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:22:19 AM
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nice i liked apb but it was a bit of a rip off with only 2 maps


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Comment #2 by E10phoenix
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:23:40 AM
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would love this on my xbox lol


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Comment #3 by E10phoenix
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:25:14 AM
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p.s if its epic games buying this you can be sure there will be tones of new content added


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Comment #4 by Norninja
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:34:58 AM
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YES! Please do!!


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Comment #5 by Kroesis
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:36:50 AM
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Would definately be interested if it came to 360.


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Comment #6 by KiddingPigeon
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:39:12 AM
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Dont like the idea of pay monthly tho :/


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Comment #7 by TarasqueAC
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:41:34 AM
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Sounds cool, but the game would need some major updates before being made for the X360.


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Comment #8 by Ace The Bat Hound
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:59:25 AM
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How are they going to make the us the xbox owners pay to play this game?


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Comment #9 by Nathan LS27
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 08:12:30 AM
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Yeah i'm not seeing this working on 360 with a pay to play model, fuck that.


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Comment #10 by Hand of Blood52
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 08:18:17 AM
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Hell yeah i wanted to play it but it was only PC and i don't like PC gaming.

Please EPIC bring it to 360!


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Comment #11 by Kroesis
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 08:23:44 AM
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Played quite a few MMO's on the PC. Have no issues with a small monthly fee.


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Comment #12 by cheevo360
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 08:48:53 AM
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EXCUSE ME EPIC GAMES!!!!!!!!!!! Please bring APB into Xbox 360 and make sure it is lots improvements over silly PC version!! :D


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Comment #13 by Lecca69
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 08:59:06 AM
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i would love to see APB on the 360!!


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Comment #14 by i Eat Kittenzx
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 09:06:41 AM
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While there at it they should try and make it so i can play it in Australia lol


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Comment #15 by II M1CK3H II
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 10:01:10 AM
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@6, you pay monthly/yearly for Xbox Live (which should be free), so whats not to like about paying for something that shouldn't be free?

Damn hypocrits.


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Comment #16 by ViNyLek
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 10:37:35 AM
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Epic isn't too experienced in san box titles. I mean Unreal, Gears of War and Bulletstorm are all great games, but they have one thing in common. Linearity... I wonder if they could pull this off and how would it look/feel like....


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Comment #17 by xKTAx Ultimo
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 11:02:48 AM
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@15 We pay for Live because it helps them upgrade for us....have you EVER played a game on the PS3 and 360 and noticed how long it takes for the PS3 to update a game compared to the 360? I am a Playstation Plus member to boot and it's STILL horrible how we get no good content. I don't mind paying for XBox Live.

OT: I hope Epic picks this up as it will definitely be bad ass.


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Comment #18 by Rastaman20
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 11:35:50 AM
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i hope APB comes to 360 but if it costs 25+ a month to play then fuck it id rather pay 14.99 a month to go back to playing FFXI


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Comment #19 by Dr Popodopolus
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 12:42:25 PM
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Exactly #17, downloads on PS3 take about an hour on PS3 compared to the ones that take about 10 seconds on 360.


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Comment #20 by sonicdevron
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 12:44:47 PM
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@17, yeah, those update times are ridiculous.

I don't think they would keep the pay-to-play model with the 360 version, Epic would probably do something different even if it meant not playing with PC members.


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Comment #21 by Balverine
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 12:45:49 PM
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Game sucked and was boring as hell.

Unless they picked it up and actually gave it replay value, not worth it.


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Comment #22 by Taiyz
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 12:54:05 PM
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I'm throwing my vote on the pile of "I'd be interested in playing it on the 360" comments.


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Comment #23 by JamesMallow
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 01:05:13 PM
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HAHAHHAHA i wanted to get APB,but its now officially the SHORTEST-Running MMO EVER at 79 days.

Source : http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/feature/4549/The-List-Shortest-Lived-MMOs-Revisited.html


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Comment #24 by dementedlullaby
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 02:03:54 PM
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I played the beta of APB. Terrible game. I hope it just dies.

Pretty sad for anyone who bought the game though. It's a couple months old 0_o.


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Comment #25 by Ballisticgoat
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 04:26:40 PM
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Maybe epic could save APB from being a let down.

I was looking forward to it oin the PC but all those bad reviews just turned me away...


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Comment #26 by PIKERB10
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 05:31:14 PM
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WAT IS THIS GAME ABOUT? I NEVER HEARD OF IT.


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Comment #27 by Redskinsfan26
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 05:41:08 PM
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@26 - Basically cops and robbers.

It would be really cool if Epic picks this up.


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Comment #28 by Raja95
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 07:36:06 PM
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it would be great, until they start charging us monthly


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Comment #29 by HuntyBigHead
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 07:19:33 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Phantasy Star Universe a pay monthly shindig?


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Comment #30 by Achiever TM
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 11:43:59 AM
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@29 yes it is and also Final Fantasy 11


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Comment #31 by Samurai Fantana
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 08:08:21 AM
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Was so looking forward to this when it was promised on 360. Would definatly buy in we got it on Xbox but hope that it gets improved as have heard a lot of bad stuff about it since its PC release.


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Comment #32 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 01:31:24 AM
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I was so hyped for APB 3 or so years ago.. then every announcement they made about the game prior to release turned me off of it more and more, such a shame Realtime Worlds is in trouble, SHOULD'VE MADE CRACKDOWN 2 INSTEAD, DAMNIT.


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