Realtime Worlds' online action game is shutting down after only three months of operation. The game is still running at this time, but for how long is unclear. APB Community Officer Ben Bateman delivered the stinging news to subscribers on the game's official forums:
"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!"
Announced in 2005, APB had been in development for five years before it was finally launched in June of this year. The game managed to attract 130,000 subscribers but didn't meet Realtime Worlds' expectations. Days after launch, Realtime Worlds announced a handful of layoffs. In August the Dundee, Scotland studio entered into administration (the European equivalent of bankruptcy), and laid off 185 people.
With APB shutting down and other projects on hold, the future of Realtime Worlds is a mystery.