Rumours: Realtime Worlds Fires Project: MyWorld Team, Looking to Sell APB

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 13, 2010 6:00am PDT Crackdown and APB creator Realtime Worlds has laid off the entire team behind its recently-announced Project: MyWorld, according to rumours picked up by VG247, and may be downsizing the APB team or even attempting to sell the crime MMO outright.

"The MyWorld team has been completely laid off," the anonymous source whispered to VG247. "As many as 60 may have gone, but there's a rumour they may be trying to sell the team as a smaller entity. I don't know the exact figure." The "3D social gaming experience" was announced only last month, scheduled for launch in 2011.

Furthermore, it's claimed that staff were yesterday sent e-mail stating that--in VG247's words--"there could be drastic cuts" for APB. It's also rumoured that Realtime Worlds is looking to sell the MMO on, which is said to have cost more than $100 million.

For now, all these rumours remain unconfirmed. However, a number of people were laid off from Realtime Worlds only last month during a restructuring period, including the downsizing of a team working on an unannounced project--most probably MyWorld.

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  • I still really want to like this game. In some ways it's brilliant. At it's heart, what should be virtual cops and robbers is a no brainer. It could be the best game ever.

    But the execution was horrible. Other than Bounty and VIP missions all the regular missions sucked and would get worse with stacked match making. That and a whole lot of other things sucked, but I could still play it.

    But the thing I can't forgive is the lag. As of last week, I know it still hasn't been fixed, and that's f'n unacceptable for a game that's based on shooting and car chases.

  • Another example where a company threw a giant glob of money away hoping to make the next big MMO.

    I swear, the idoicy here is unending. Rarely is there any innovation, just one dumb investor after another thinking they're going to make the next WoW and rake in billions by copying the same tired forumla. The MMO market is so incredably diluted it isn't funny.

    I feel sorry for the developers who got laid off, thought it would have at least been wise of them to try a new forumla rather than trying to make yet another WoW with guns.