Early end for game which took five years to develop

APB MMO shuts down just three months after launch

The servers of massively multiplayer game All Points Bulletin (APB) have been shut down following the failure to find a buyer for the struggling developer.

Following lackluster reviews of the open world online multiplayer game, Dundee-based developer Realtime Worlds went into administration last month, just six weeks after the release of APB. The company had been seeeded with venture capital totally over US$100m.

The administrator had indicated that it would continue operating the business with a view to selling the company, retaining around 50 staff to maintain the game. A month later with no buyer materialising, the company announced that APB will be shut down with the loss of the remaining jobs.

“I truly wish we had the chance to continue to craft APB into the vision we had for it. It has been a long & difficult journey but ultimately rewarding to have had the chance to try something bold and different," wrote RTW founder David Jones on the APB community forum.

"I am so sorry it had to end so quickly but hopefully the good memories will stay with us all for a long time. Thanks to all the team for the years of hard work, and to the players who contributed so much."

Retail copies of the game come with 50 hours of play time included meaning recent buyers will be left out of pocket in the shutdown.

The administrator of Realtime Worlds said that gamers will need to refer to the retailer in order to obtain a refund.

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