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ABP Closing

The APB: All Points Bulletin Website has word that the online open-world crime game is going offline, less than three months since launch, oddly calling this "the end of an era," and gamely calling the troubled run of the flagship game from troubled developer Realtime Worlds "a fantastic journey" (thanks Drannos). "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," says Community Officer Ben 'APBMonkey' Bateman. "The servers are still up, so join the party and say goodbye!" Here's more from Realtime Worlds founder David Jones:

I truly wish we had the chance to continue to craft APB into the vision we had for it. It has been a long & difficult journey but ultimately rewarding to have had the chance to try something bold and different. APB holds some great memories, from the last night of the beta, to the clans and individuals who amazed us with their creativity and sense of community. I am so sorry it had to end so quickly but hopefully the good memories will stay with us all for a long time. Thanks to all the team for the years of hard work, and to the players who contributed so much.

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90. Re: ABP Closing Sep 17, 2010, 13:05 Beamer
 
So how is this NOT about greed? How is it not about greed when a game sells 2 MILLION copies, and the dev is extremely disappointed and bitches and moans about it for months on end?

Wanting to be profitable isn't greed. It's survival.

Devs bitch about two million sales when one of the following occurs:
1) They budgeted for more, so, while two million sounds good, it came in below expectations and they'll lose money, or not make enough to either properly invest in the next title or be able to "buy" their independence from the publisher.
2) The dev sold two million, and is happy, but then sees that it's been torrented 10 million times, and has had 8 million unique users online.

The first one is frustrating as hell, but you kind of made your own grave somewhere along the way. You did something wrong, or at least not right. Sucks all around, because that freedom from publisher tinkering is pretty much a beautiful thing.
The second one is probably more frustrating, because it appears that way more people are enjoying your months of hard work without compensating you for it, but as we all know, there will always be more to those numbers than simple "lost sales." Some wouldn't have been sales. Some are sales with multiple users (ie a family with three gamers but one game machine buys one copy.)
 
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