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Realtime Worlds In Realtime Trouble?

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Posted August 17, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson


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It looks like MMO maker Realtime Worlds is in some real trouble. The company, whose last release was crime-centric MMO APB: All Points Bulletin, was placed in "administration," which in Scotland means it is in the hands of a company that specializes in corporate rescue. That company (Begbies Traynor Group) will look for a "white knight" investor or three to invest in the company. If that effort fails, APB will most likely be Realtimes' last game.

If you're one of the people actually playing APB, Realtime is keeping your world open. Reportedly, 50 or so employees left at Realtime are working on maintaining APB.

Even if Realtime does shutter its operations, it seems likely to me that some other publisher would pick up APB, and continue on with it. After all: Mixing Grand Theft Auto and World of Warcraft is a good idea for an MMO, even if the execution hasn't been to everyone's liking.

Who would have thought five years ago, when Crackdown was a surprise monster hit for Realtime, and everyone in gaming was excited about the company making an MMO, it would come to this!

Source: Develop

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