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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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