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K2 Buys APB?

K2 Network has acquired the APB: All Points Bulletin intellectual property from defunct studio Realtime Worlds, reports GamesIndustry.biz (registration required), where they say the operator of free-to-play MMOG service GamersFirst paid a reported 1.5 million for the game, which may be up and running again before the end of the year. They have not confirmed this with K2, but seem pretty convinced the story is accurate, saying to expect an official announcement in the coming week. They also say to expect the game to use a free-to-play business model when it relaunches.

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8. Re: K2 Buys APB? Nov 11, 2010, 11:38 fujiJuice
 
kxmode wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 11:09:
K2 didn't buy the IP to reactive it. They bought their technology in a salvage sale to make games. Why spend tens of millions of dollars to develop an engine when you can buy one for 1.5M pounds (2.4M $US)?

What makes you say this, was there even any special technology behind the game, from what I played I did not see anything particularly innovative? I believe it was a modified unreal engine as well, so they wouldn't even be getting their own custom engine. If it was a full fledged MMO engine I could see that kind of investment paying off, but not for what it is currently. I realize it cost way more than that too make, but that doesn't give it value.
 
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