All Points Bulletin

PC / RPG / Release: Mar 2, 2010 / ESRB: M

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APB Player Stats Released As Former RealTime Worlds Staff Allegedly Goes Unpaid

In its ongoing quest for a buyer, RealTime Worlds recently released its first set of player statistics for the under-performing open-world social shooter All Points Bulletin that got the developer so deeply in debt.

The figures show that APB currently has more than 130,000 registered users who play an average of four hours per day. "Paying players" spend an average of $28 per month, a dollar figure that combines both subscription time spent as well as peer-to-peer in-game marketplace trading. Ironically, this gives APB the highest "revenue per paying user" of any other subscription-based game on the market. Read more »

"This pure bullshit. They're making an ARPPU of $28 per "paying player" and they're closing? ..."
- dsmart[3000ad]    See all 44 comments


Report: EA Anticipated Mediocre Review Scores for Realtime Worlds' APB

Although EA Partners boss, David DeMartini, expressed sympathy for the recent trouble plaguing developer Realtime Worlds, he claimed that EA foresaw mediocre review scores for the studio's latest title, All Points Bulletin.

"We did suggest that where it landed from a review score standpoint was where we thought it was going to land from a review score standpoint," DeMartini told GamesIndustry.biz. Read more »

"Oh well I still have the game for FREE... I pre-ordered the game via Steam, then tried out the ..."
- Seabass307    See all 42 comments


Realtime Worlds Gutted and on Sale, APB Support Will Continue

The workforce at Crackdown and APB creator Realtime Worlds' main office in Dundee, Scotland has been slashed from 210 to only 53 after the dev entered administration on Tuesday, business rescue and restructuring firm Begbies Traynor confirmed today.

"We very much regret the redundancies that we have had to make," joint administrator Paul Dounis said in a press release. A further 28 jobs have been lost at the Colorado offices, where only 14 staff now remain. Read more »

"It seems to me to be insulting to make spend to the people 50 Euros to buy the game and to pay ..."
- l0lorzz    See all 40 comments


Report: APB Developer Enters Bankruptcy

Develop is reporting that APB and Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds is "on the brink of closure" and that operations have been handed off to an administration firm that will attempt to secure further investment to save the studio.

If further investment cannot be secured, it is likely that the independent developer will close and that APB will be its final game. It is unclear what will happen to the game's servers and operation if this were to occur. Read more »

"They never made a good game so it was going to happen. APB could of been good if they put ..."
- Twin--Sword    See all 46 comments


Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer Shows Gameplay

The first in-game Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer has arrived to give a peek at the stealth, characters, action and ventilation shafts of Eidos Montreal's cyberpunk prequel.

The trailer features areas and action shown off in the E3 gameplay demonstration this year, which we got to see and our old Chris said was "looking extremely promising." Read more »

"Looks good! But there might be too many Triple A shooters coming out early in 2011 for this ..."
- lordincubus    See all 58 comments


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

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. Read more »

"Everyone knew after the Beta this was a steaming pole of shit. GTA4 multi was made better ffs."
- abjectblitz    See all 32 comments


Daily Filter: August 5, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Daily Filter only features a handful of updates, but there are some big titles included. We kick it off with new screens from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a "Vulture Vignette" trailer for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, new footage from LittleBigPlanet 2, a teaser trailer for Gods vs Humans on the Nintendo Wii, the "Darkening Deeps Flythrough" trailer for Rift: Planes of Telara, an update trailer for the indie darling Gish, a trailer for PSP's Ys Seven and new screens for Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype. Read more »

"two things: the music in the Ys seven trailer is extremely awesome! and gods vs humans has some ..."
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Giveaway: All Points Bulletin

[Update - 7/16 6PM CST] The contest is now closed. Winners will be notified shortly via Shackmessage and must provide a valid US mailing address to receive his or her prize.

Winners are:

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"JAXpunk Hope to get a key that actually works. Been fighting with their inept support for a ..."
- jaxpunk    See all 262 comments


Square Enix and Del Rey Books Prep Tie-in Novel for Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A novel based on the Deus Ex franchise, tied closely to the timeline of the upcoming Eidos Montreal-developed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is in the works from Del Rey Books, a division of Random House Publishing.

Expected to hit stores in February 2011, Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect will follow Secret Service agent Anna Kelso and Special Ops soldier Ben Saxon as they draw "uncomfortably close to the truth" about the "intricate" plans of dark and secret powers shadowing the world's cyberpunk dystopia setting. Read more »

"I hope this guy is any good because I'll buy this book anyway :["
- razorblade79    See all 5 comments


Realtime Worlds Loses Some Staff, Still Hiring However

Now that Realtime Worlds has released APB, it will transition into "running APB as a 24/7 online live operation, creating new content and services for the future and ensuring the best possible experience for the players," said CEO Gary Dale to Develop.

As a consequence, a small number of the studio's staff will be let go and the team assigned to an unannounced project will be "downscaled". The company maintains that it will still be hiring, though it is likely that most of these positions will be in support of APB. Read more »

"Good concept, terrible execution. Free roam in RDR does it better."
- MondayJBlack    See all 22 comments


All Points Bulletin to Run Ads Through Voice Chat

Realtime Worlds' All Points Bulletin (APB) will be released tomorrow with pre-order customers already causing chaos in the crime-filled massively-multiplayer shooter and/or socializing game. The game has a unique payment structure, which allows players to buy blocks of hours to play in the game's 'Action Districts' -- where all the shooting happens -- or simply purchase a monthly subscription.

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"I have been playing the game with VOIP since the beginning of the preorder headstart and I have ..."
- atk502    See all 63 comments


Deus Ex: Human Revolution E3 2010 Preview

Ten years after its release, the original Deus Ex is widely considered to be a classic--a distinction that doesn't exactly extend to its somewhat-simplified sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Now, after laying dormant for quite some time, the shooter-RPG series is making a return with a third entry, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

This being the first project out of Eidos Montreal--the same studio that's handling Thief 4--the shooter-RPG prequel had many concerned, especially given that series creator Ion Storm followed the original Deus Ex with a less-than-beloved sequel. But while the game on display at E3 was only a pre-alpha build, it's looking extremely promising. Read more »

"Taking too much time for release , dammit. Sad side that char <on movie> look like Vamp ..."
- nakanishi    See all 38 comments


APB E3 Trailer: Snappy Gameplay Montage

The E3 trailer for Crackdown creator Realtime Worlds' cops vs. robbers MMO APB has arrived in the form of a gameplay montage set to some chunky beats.

Due out for PC on June 29 in North America, APB has an unusual payment plan that lets players pay for blocks of play time if they don't fancy committing to a $9.99 month-long unlimited subscription. Realtime currently has no plans for microtransaction items, though it is looking at producing sizeable annual retail expansions. Read more »

"Cant they make a good mmo fps? APB sucks, global agenda sucks. sigh."
- isolated1    See all 26 comments


APB Has No Paid DLC or Microtransactions; Yearly Retail Expansions Planned [Updated]

[Update: 6/11/10 - 5:37PM] EJ Moreland has clarified his statement in an update to Shacknews, saying that there are currently no plans for microtransactions at this time, but it is possible in the future.

"To clarify, we have no current plans for item transactions in APB - but that has the possibility of changing post-release based on business climate and audience demand," Moreland clarified. "In addition, we will be developing and offering a wide variety of [in-game] points-based services to expand and augment APB after release." Read more »

"Even though I have no interest in this game what a brilliant idea. No DLC or microtransactions ..."
- samduhman    See all 12 comments


Square Unveils New Parasite Eve, Kingdom Hearts Alongside Entire E3 2010 Lineup

A few surprises were tucked away within Square Enix's "E3 2010 Lineup," with the publisher officially announcing that The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will be on display--meaning the pair will be released in North America on dates to-be-determined.

A continuation of the long-dormant action-RPG series Parasite Eve, The 3rd Birthday is coming to PSP, promising "hideous creatures" that "descend on Manhattan" and the return of series star Aya Brea. Read more »

"Square has a sick line-up this year. I don't remember the last time they had so many good games ..."
- jplayer01    See all 22 comments





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