Posted on April 22, 2008,

Realtime Worlds Buys Rights to APB Back

realtime-worlds-logo.jpgThe former developer of Crackdown that is now at work on APB has wasted little time in making use of the recent $50 million investment that was made in the studio. Realtime Worlds has purchased back the global distribution rights for APB, which founder and CEO David Jones believes is critical to seeing the game all the way through.

“Owning the distribution rights to APB marks a major milestone in Realtime Worlds’ evolution into a premier online entertainment company,” explained Jones.

“By controlling the rights to APB we can ensure that gamers around the globe experience the revolutionary gameplay we envisioned when we first began creating the property.”

“We are excited about the prospect of having direct, personal relationships with our players, which is a dream come true for many development studios,” he added.

Jones talked about the success of online games like World of Warcraft and Runescape as helpful in garnering investors. “I think it’s given developers a different route they can take. I think it’s good to have some exemplars out there, as well as the one that everybody quotes, but then you can also look at what you might call the lighter casual titles, like Club Penguin, Jagex with Runescape and there’s a lot of stuff out there that’s doing really well in terms of online.

“So I think there are quite a few success stories out there, and in many ways they eclipse the studios doing the more traditional retail boxed product. Everybody sees the market has only just started, and there’s still a huge potential for growth.”

It seems like good news for gamers, as Realtime Worlds clearly wants to deliver on APB in every way possible. Given how great Crackdown was, I feel justifiably optimistic about how APB will turn out.


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