APB is dead, is Epic circling the corpse?

After a drawn-out demise, APB’s servers are to be shut down.

Community Manager Ben Bateman bid farewell to the game’s community yesterday. Posting on the official APB forums 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!

“From all of the Realtime World staff we thank you for your continued support.The servers are still up, so join the party and say goodbye!”

Following Bateman’s farewell, the RTW administrators stepped up to reveal the cold truth of the situation. Begbies Traynor spokesman Les Able told GI.biz that despite interest from 300 parties, none of a final shortlist of six wanted to buy the game in its current form. As of last night, APB was expected to be shut down within the next 24 hours.

But wait! It’s not over yet. Thanks to a rumour circulating today, it seems there may be a future for APB after all. Maybe.

Earlier this morning, the BBC reported that Epic Games was “one of the companies in the frame” to revive the title. The report, however, was based on a non-denial rather than any firm evidence.

“Mark [Rein, Epic Vice President] absolutely loves APB, and everyone here loved what they saw,” said Epic spokesperson Dana Cowley.

“We’ve got our hands full of Gears of War 3, Bulletstorm and the recently announced Project Sword. If any talks like that are going on, then they would be confidential.”

The rumour has also been given a little weight by “a Dundee development source,” who told Eurogamer, “Dave Jones and Epic is quite the talking point in town. He and Mr Rein are good chums and have worked together on many levels for years and years and years. And he’s not going to raise much money/staff here in the near future.”

So who knows where APB’s story will end. There’s no doubt a few twists and turns yet. All we can say for sure is that we wish RTW’s former employees the best of luck for the future.

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