Realtime Worlds reorgs around APB

Scottish developer staffs up just-launched online shooter at the expense of as-yet-unannounced MMOG, "small number" of layoffs confirmed.

Realtime Worlds brought its large-scale online shooter APB to market last week, nearly five and a half years after its storied development timeline entered the public eye. And while neither Realtime Worlds nor the game's publisher, Electronic Arts, has yet to indicate how many online gamers have answered APB's call, the Scottish developer is following the launch with a round of restructuring.

Realtime Worlds continues to staff up APB.

Today, Realtime Worlds announced that it would be realigning its some 300 employees into roles that provide ongoing support for APB. As part of this restructuring, Realtime Worlds noted that more staff would be positioned behind the game, but that an unspecified, "small number" of positions would be eliminated. The studio also said that it would continue to hire for positions related to post-launch roles on APB.

Realtime World's layoffs are largely related to a downscaling of an as-yet-unannounced second development project. In June 2009, Grand Theft Auto creator and Realtime Worlds' cofounder Dave Jones said that his studio planned to announce a new massively multiplayer online game in 2010. According to Jones, the game was the first in production at his nascent studio, but due to the "ambitious" scope of the project, Realtime Worlds opted to launch APB first.

For more on APB, check out GameSpot's Review in Progress blog for the game.

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Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@MasonChaos I was leaning more towards the game side of it and not as much the engine, but your right. They still needed to put in more work, but my point was they were coming up with a new game itself, while RDR used a lot of the GTA formula. Not a bad thing just different. Like they already kinda knew how things were going to work.

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@sagelund . Lets compare RDR With Morrowind,in RDR you can do quest like kill 10 rabbits (ok ok lets say Wolf) and in Morrowind you can kill those 10 wolf too but they aren't a quest thats all,in RDR you can do the Herbalist thing,In Morrowind you can Grab pretty much any flower that you see,to me it sound the same,RDR is just a recent game filled with quest that make no sense like all the new RPG,Open World game.Im not saying that RDR and GTA are bad game (they actually are good game),But saying they are Unbeatable is not true. @metalkid9 . Didn't mean to insult Rockstar They are good Developers. bah i enjoyed Red Faction it was a Good Rent. i don't know if you tried Morrowind if you did you would know that RDR and Morrowind are really similar in alots of way but one is old and one is new.Telling which one is the best is impossible,They are both Great. (Sorry for my bad English) (btw i liked GTA3,more Action packed.)

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

This game has the depth of a kiddie pool, the balance of a drunk 1 year old, the enjoyment of cactus sodomy, matchmaking of a telephone dating service ... in otherwords its bad.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

@Toysoldier34 The only difference between RedDead and APB is that RockStar had experience using the Euphoria Physics. APB wasn't made from ground up because they use the Unreal Engine, they also had experience because they were creators from the first CrackDown.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@PewPewNinja, all those games are alright but they got nothing on what Rockstar produces. Red faction? are you serious? That's a joke of a game compared to gta games. hell even gta3 is better than that LOL. And the first AC sucked! The second one was wayyyyy better. And I'm not really into roleplaying games so for me they suck too.

Crzy1
Crzy1

@Neogenic: The N-Tek 5 isn't "overpowered" it's just the most versatile weapon in the game so in pickups it's the easiest for most people to use. I found myself getting a lot more kills getting up-close and personal with the auto-shotgun and MP5. As far as people saying driving is "broken", I don't really think it is. Some of the vehicles are floaty and hard to control, but when you start to unlock the Cisco coupes you'll probably change your mind. They had to make a reason to "upgrade" your vehicle. The higher tier cars/trucks are tougher, control better and are a hell of a lot faster than a car you hijack from a random motorist.

Darksigil
Darksigil

Well before getting more employees and putting money on them, can't they get better servers first :/

Dahgame15
Dahgame15

Did this have some ads or something? Cuz i didnt see any

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

This came out last week and I don't recall seeing any ads nor reviews or even word of mouth. Not a good start.

Khatjal
Khatjal

Weren't there console versions of this game being made as well? Or did I just imagine that?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

As others have said, at the moment APB is shaping up as CrimeCraft but with some driving. All the different payment models are rather confusing.

Neogenic
Neogenic

Did they fix the NTEC guns? I heard they were overpowered.

xReikenx
xReikenx

Any game made by Bethesda is made... Bare bones. You've got an okay character creator and okay story with solid game play. Why? They've made such good modding tools that the main selling point of the game is being able to mod it to hell and back. So unless you made the awful mistake of buying one of these games on a console... You shouldn't really complain too much about them. Moving on to APB! I think it's a good game... Really fun and all that jazz. The character and clothing editing is awesome... But still nothing justifies the subscription cost. Besides the in game content creation tools... The game does NOTHING that other shooters don't do for free or better for that matter. So honestly.. I think the game's a rip off. Unfortunately. I was really looking forward to this.

sagelund
sagelund

@PewPewNinja GTA and RDR beat those games on terms of being packed with things to do unlike oblivion, which is mostly open spaces of grass and trees. Those games don't beat GTA or RDR, but I can't argue that those games suck, because you caught most of my favorite games in there...

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@metalkid9 : ""Nothing will ever beat GTA/RDR in open world."" Elder Scroll Morrowind,Oblivion,Fallout3,Assasins Creed,Just Cause 2,Red Faction Guerrilla and Many more...All of those are better or =. Rockstar got nothing special,Really nothing.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I was really lookin forward to APB but i'am just too convinced that theres not enough for me there.. But i still do have hope, as almost everyone i've talked to and all the reviews i've read have mentioned that theres still a lot that could be done to save this game; like add various new missions/fix the matchmakeing system/ect.. If Realtime World's maybe worked on those things before they focus all their attention on a new MMO that APB might have some success.. As it is now i only see APB having success if they drop the Pay 2 Play routine and jus make it F2P.. And even then w/o the bugs being fixed i don't see it lasting that long.. It's such a awsome concept they come up with too, which is a shame.. Oh well, ill jus' wait for Brink or Huxley for my MMOFPS fix lol.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Been playing it for a while, and I am having a pretty good time with it

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

maybe if they tried to launch the game worldwide and maybe on consoles too, they could have gathered more players. but for now. All Blank Points.

kickblocker
kickblocker

this looks like fun but there is no way in hell my computer would be able to handle it

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Maybe they're getting ready for the 360 version.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@Crzy1, maybe they should've worked more on the actual game than the customization part. That's the impression that I'm getting.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Okay, so instead of coming out with the "ambitious" game they sell us this garbage first. Thanks for screwing us over! Crzy1, is 100% right. The customization is awesome, but the only strategy in the game is to get to the objective first and/or camp to defend the objective. The driving controls are broken, sometimes it feels like the streets are made of ice or banana peels. But the worst part is that I'm constantly being matched up with noobs on my team and hardcore players with much more powerful weapons on the opposing team. Also, why are there so many more enforcers than criminals? I thought everyone wanted to be a criminal. Now that the game is out it seems like almost every server has significantly more enforcers than criminals.

styymy
styymy

Shouldn't more staff been placed behind the game earlier?? They seem to be more reactive instead of proactive. Hope it all ends up a success for them.

pwnzord
pwnzord

@ Crzy1 Yup you pretty much summed it up perfectly. Amazing what you can do with your character as far as looks go but the rest of the game is terrible. It is a poor capture the node/flag what have you with an awful sense of balance. So glad I didn't buy this.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

How come no one has made a zombie apocolypse mmo (I do not count the myriad of browser games)?

Crzy1
Crzy1

Customisations in APB are out-of-this-world. "If you can dream it, you can do it", comes to mind. Could spend hours and hours just customising everything about your character and their vehicle... sadly that all means nothing. The rest of the gameplay is bland at best. Not that there aren't some absolutely hilarious and exhillirating moments to be had, they're just too far between, broken up by monotony and a worthless matchmaking system that only seems to care about the amount of players in the 2 groups being pitted against each other rather than the experience of them. Rank 20s get put against rank 150+ players with modded weapons and vehicles just as often as it will be unable to find anyone at all. Has a lot of potential and I hope it eventually gets there, but at this point is a campfest with average shooting mechanics and a great customisation suite.

metalkid9
metalkid9

and to think I wanted to join the beta. glad I didn't get in. It would've been a waste of time.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Layoffs lol It's like they already knew this game would fail. Nothing will ever beat GTA/RDR in open world.

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

I think every one whos dissing APB needs to wait untill its running smooth and a good wiki is made. Id like to play APB but because its an MMO im looking to see what the content is like before I invest. If theres a car, guns and clothes I like then ill get it.

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

Good customization with Average Gameplay and too many Frustrating thing to be fun to play,this is what APB is.(might be better or worst in a couple month)

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@MasonChaos This game was also built ground up. Red Dead could use a lot of the formula that was established with Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar used a lot of the things they already had. Nothing against Red Dead, just that's why it releases sooner, like how the music games come out about every 3-5 months now.

benmc19
benmc19

You don't have to pay a monthly fee...do any of you even play the game? You can pay for a full month of play, but its much more reasonable to just buy district hours that never expire, and so if you want to play the game 4 hours a week, your not paying 10 bucks a month your just paying for what you play.

holypro
holypro

if APB comes to 360 whit no monthly fee i will buy it the day it comes out

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

This game was in production for 5 years.. but I belive Red Dead Redemption has better gameplay and options. This game is like a really bad version of Grand Theft Auto but u can customize your stuff. There is no balance in this game, people use aimbots, there places you can hide the entire time to win the game, this game's gameplay is 100% grinding. I see myself maybe buying 1 additional month before getting bored.

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

I hate that you have to pay 10 bucks a month to play this thats ridiculous! soon your gonna have to pay every month to play any game with the way this stuff is going. And I had seen no advertisment saying you needed to pay monthly for this game

stakex007
stakex007

APB is a solid game, and the developers made some much needed changes at the end of closed beta that saved the game from being a total failure... but while its solid, and fun at times its very much lacking content for something that cost $10 a month to play. If the devs crank out a lot of content in short order... it might be worth it, but its not right now with limited and often repedative gameplay.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Sometimes what looks good on theory simply cannot transate into a good, real game. APB is a great example. Just move on, boys.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

lol i almost forgot there is a reason there are only 4 comments at the moment and thats because everyone has forgotten about realtime worlds. time to actually start releasing games or close your doors.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

imo realtime worlds is taking forever to release good games or games in general. maybe jaffe shouldve just stayed with rockstar if nothing is going to get done with his current studio. at first i was really looking forward to what realtime worlds had to offer but now ive forgotten about them because they arent even making games. its like what was the point of starting your own studio if nothing is ever going ot be released. crackdown was a good start but after everyone forgot about realtime worlds. of course there are gong to be layoffs when you dont ever release a product. maybe jaffe shouldnt try and be so ambitious especially if realtime worlds spends all there time making a game that ends up being mediocre.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

The video makes it look pretty slow and boring.

Evenios
Evenios

meh i played the Beta APB is nothing special at all. It seems they spent more time making fancy customization options rather then real interesting gameplay for a game five years in the making this sure feels like it has a lot missing. Lets just hope with more staff behind the game maybe they can slowly work to make it more like it should have been in the first place.