Friday, September 24, 2010

All Points Bulletin to close down servers after only 3 months.

I think the slogan on the image above pretty much sums up how people are feeling about APB at the moment. If you haven't heard the so called MMO Shooter you should probably check back roughly a year ago to the ridiculous amount of hype that was built around this game. I wish I could say I wasn't surprised to see the servers closed down so quickly but the fact that the developers are shutting down servers after only 3 months of being in operation seems a bit tragic. EA essentially invested $100M USD into an experimental MMO that had such a rediculous amount of potential and hype backing it and after only 3 months of the servers running they pull the plug? I'm interested to know what the developers had to say about the game's ultimate demise but theres been a lot of talk & rumors about the number of hackers, bugs, sprouting of free private servers, financial issues & general incompetence of the official dev team that it's almost impossible to dig deep and find out exactly what went wrong, and to make matters worse it seems like a lot of people are saying it was a little bit of everything.

Needless to say this is another game that goes to the garbage bin. Especially since once the servers close down that $50 game you bought is even less useful then an AOL trial disc.

Heres hoping developers start taking into account that there's a limit to the amount of gift wrapped crap you can put on someones plate before they're not willing to pay for it.

APB, you were a wonderful concept. Too bad no one took that potential to the level it deserved.

81 comments:

ryoko said...

I remember seeing this news a few days ago. Makes me glad I had decided not to buy this game.

Bad MSPainter said...

I surely enjoyed throwing $50 in the shitter for this game. Hopefully the rumors are true and Epic buys the game from RTW.

lolvidya said...

@MSPainter
I hope so, I didn't end up purchasing the final game myself but the fact that a lot of private servers were doing better then the official ones says a bit about the state of how things were.

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CetaPara said...

ha ha, at least everybody knew that game wouldn't survive a year at all. ^^

Marltoro7 said...

Yeah I was in target the other day and I saw a couple guys taking the copies of APB off the shelf.

Lawlsauce said...

I knew this game was going to bomb hard.

David said...

Thanks for sharing :d

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Z said...

That has happened to me a few times with other games.. sucks, man!

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TheBerserkerHobo said...

Glad I didn't waste my money on that. Making the rounds. http://makinglifeawesome.blogspot.com/

Hotel Alpha said...

What was the experimental concept? i totally missed this!

Wayward Kind said...

Wow... that is really surprising news. I would hope that SOMEone gets sued over this development as a bunch of people bought a $50 and now can't play it on the official channels.

I've never seen such a blatant display of incompetence. And the game had so much PROMISE. Agh...

Mystery Lie said...

Hahaha! Like a bottle rocket. BOOM! Whoah so cool! And then it fizzles out and hits the ground as suddenly as it began, leaving everyone confused and disappointed.

Paladin-Bias said...

Their payment model was ludicrous, but I have to give them credit for being willing to try something new.

Subscription and free to play with micro transactions can't be the only viable options.

blue syzygy said...

this is why they should build mmos with an offline mode, so if the server shuts down then at least you have a game to play.

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Joe said...

so glad I never bought this, I thought it was bullshit there was a monthly fee tagged along with the 50$ you know?

Money said...

yea i didnt believe it either

http://timryvers.blogspot.com/ said...

Well its allmost better to loose 50 bucks to a faulty game, then to have a spending problem of sorts. inless you have both, then that sucks

Aspect said...

I've never heard of this game but Its kinda sad when developers can't maintain servers for dedicated fans. I just wish that they'd allow for private servers like old school starcraft and diablo.

All NY Love said...

Yeah, I mean. The idea is good but with bizarre models and such a glitchy game, it's no wonder.

Not that it isn't unfortunate, but that's what happens.

<3~NY

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If you really want to know, ask me. said...

100M wasted means this game could easily just be left for the wayside. I'm glad I didn't invest in it, although the concept the MMO brought forth is STILL a stellar idea. Who doesn't want to play complex cops and robbers online?

I say leave it to the next GTA to get it right on a console.

At least Steam is refunding for the cost of the game.

Nikolas Bradshaw said...

Darn, I was hoping it would be a good game!

PurplePill said...

Epic failures in video gaming bug me a little. If they could've made a good game my life coulda got that much better.

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Krazy K said...

Haha I can believe this is happening already because the exploited servers came up really fast! I'm looking forward for more gaming posts so im followin' you :)

DongAlong said...

Makes me so happy I didnt buy this.

Jerboa said...

Nice, I'm glad I found a bro who knows his vidya. Glad to follow you. I'm just starting out!

KTOTHES said...

shows how dark the world is, A major Corporation makes a bad business mistake and the buyers/ supporters are the ones who suffer. Ha good thing I don't have a decent Pc for monthly fee gamess

Downtown Invoice said...

I have no fucking clue why anyone thought this game was going to succeed in this post-WoW world anyways.

Graviteh said...

Didn't RTW spend like 100 million on this stuff?

I have a friend who honestly enjoyed it but I just couldn't see the appeal, myself.

Krimdeker said...

.......I was actually thinking about buying the game but I didn't have the right money at the right time, I can't believe they shut down the servers after just three months, the game totally failed.... sucks.


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christopher said...

saw a quicklook of this game on giantbomb.com, looked like crap, so i didn't waste my money. good thing i didn't. :)

Joey Lazlo said...

>Especially since once the servers close >down that $50 game you bought is even >less useful then an AOL trial disc.

another game company down the tubes. Sad, but at least I can still play my old mechwarrior 3+4 disks,.

mrbabylon said...

A shame that this game was marred by hackers and poor support.

roccat80 said...

nice post dude

roccat80 said...

nice post dude

The Cockshiner said...

This is why I'm not investing in an MMO. They could pull the plug at any time.

Fayan said...

Thank god I didnt play this game. Another game get trampled by WoW

iAtheist said...

good thing i didnt bought that piece o' shit

David said...

I read about this crap earlier too and damn did it piss me off lol, you win some you lose some.

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Charlie Chan said...

I'm really sad for this game. Would've been great.

Too bad.

Kash said...

>implying APB had any chance of success.

nice blog bro, but check em

ChopperDave said...

God I wish APB could have been good. :(

CheeseBear said...

I was actually interested in this game until MONTHLY FEES, then I was like NOPE.

PsyEFlatts said...

I tried the game during beta, and it was just a unoptimized mess.

Customization was p. cool though.

Jace said...

It's too bad that the game went down in flames. I've heard it was because of a few boneheaded developers that were out of the loop with the rest of the project.

Said developers also apparently had a hand in that StarWars MMO that tanked a few years back because of changes made after release.

Adrian said...

So much potential.

AlexXx said...

Too bad I didn't get into the Beta until the "key to the city" thing, and by that time everyone had already told me the game sucked.

Come At Me Bro said...

Love it!

TechnoMac said...

yea, right now im actually playing new vegas lol. already spent around 13 hours on it im hooked

Atara9 said...

Haha that game sucked..

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HenryG said...

Meh, APB looked shit anyway.
But I didn't expect it to happen so quickly...

Mr.Brightside said...

cool!

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Superhirvi said...

After three months? No way man.. is there going to be any private servers?

nthn said...

Thank god I didn't invest any money, even though I had the opportunity quite a number of times.

Isaac said...

Is anyone honestly surprised?? Save your money

Pikamitsu said...

I heard this was actually a pretty decent game. I hope someone picks it up and brings it into the spotlight. We need more games like this.

Mistic said...

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balls_of_steel said...

MMO is just a bad genre. Everyone thinks it's the best genre ever and think they can make a good game in it, all because of WoW. I blame WoW for most problems in this world.

forkfantasy said...

Wow, that's really stupid. What a waste. Good thing I never bought that game. :p

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glad i never bought it

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Keggy C said...

It's a shame to see a game with so much potential to go down the drain...

Snuggs said...

I remember all the hype of this game. It had potential, but I guess that wasn't enough. Too bad

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IsoGame said...

I paid and played this game for a couple of weeks. I really was hyped up about it being a MMO and a 3rd person shooter, yet it was neither of those.

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Well that sucks for those who bought it.

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The Wyrdrem said...

Oh. I never heard of this game, but if I had, the concept of it might have been enough to have me buy it. Dodged a bullet with ignorance.

Brohan Johnson said...

What a surprise?

radness4life said...

$50 for a game that lasted only 3 months.... sadness fills me

Jeffrey Smith said...

This game had alot of potential, i was thinking of getting it but decided not to.

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EuphoricDrops said...

nice blog, everyone who bought the game got refunded that is, if you contacted them with 3 months. APB is now up again under new name APB:Reloaded its Free to play free to download. enjoy.

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BaInOOt said...

EA is just not the company it used to be..

Rondawg said...

I had a feeling that was going to happen, its hard to retain players in a game like that.

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