…And it’s a wrap! Realtime Worlds’ GTA-inspired MMO is being shut down after just a matter of weeks. The MMO which cost over $100million to develop was always going to struggle to grab a foothold of the MMO market but poor reviews coupled with poor sales immediately lead to bankruptcy and now the games servers are being shut down for good.
Community Officer Ben Bateman made the announcement via Realtime Worlds’ official forums where he said:
APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end. Today we are sad to announce that despite everyone’s best efforts to keep the service running; APB is coming to a close. It’s been a pleasure working on APB and with all its players. Together we were building an absolutely amazing game, and for that, we thank you. You guys are awesome!
Ben also stated that the servers are still running to allow players to “say goodbye” but I’m sure those who have invested money in the game will have much more to say than that.
ABP officially launched at the end of June and was published by EA Games. No word yet on exactly when the plug will be pulled on the servers so if you own the game I suggest you boot it up now before your game disc becomes a glorified coaster.