On the day APB's 1.4.2 update was supposed to have been released instead comes the unfortunate (but perhaps not unexpected) news of APB's servers shutting down... for good. Realtime Worlds' cops-and-robbers action MMORPG attracted its faithful throughout development, but would eventually launch to a troubled life.
Not least of the issues surrounding APB is the dire financial straits which Realtime Worlds sadly fell into. The developer has sought out a lifeline that can help with its crippling debt. In assuming control of Realtime Worlds, business financial restructuring firm Begbies Traynor would also come to speak for APB and when they last mentioned it, there weren't any plans to pull the plug on APB. Now we know this would not be the case.
In its latest update on the APB web, Realtime Worlds staff expressed their gratitude to APB fans for their support of the title, however short-lived it ended up being.
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." - Dave Jones
“Please spare a thought to all the thousands of brave men and women of San Paro who despite knowing the odds, still dared to cross the street. They will be sorely missed.” - Johann van der Walt (Software Engineer: Living City)
“Thanks for sticking with us through the hard times guys, we put a huge amount of our lives into APB, but unfortunately we’re not going to get the chance to make it the game we all knew it had the potential to be. Thanks." - Rob “bobbyd” Anderberg.
"Thanks for being a creative and imaginative community, the cookies, feedback and ideas were appreciated." – Ben ' Giefster ' Skelly
"Working on APB was rewarding, frustrating, amazing, depressing, exciting, and overall, surreal. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, but I’ve enjoyed it all the way. I hope the players enjoyed the time they had despite the short comings, and will remember the game in a good light for what it was meant to be, not quite what it turned out to be. Now just to get started on that Xbox version..." - Jon McKellan (the guy who did the loading screens)
“I had the great pleasure of working with some extremely talented people in both the Dundee and Boulder office, and for the longest time APB was our lives. It is truly sad that it ended this way ... but when you aim for the stars, you sometimes fall on your face.” - Ben Abbott, Live Producer.
"Press F to apply for Jobseekers Allowance."- Ben Hall (Development QA)
"In every way APB was a dichotomy. I have witnessed the project alter from a fragile and delicate entity used to show the world the depth of our vision through to the sturdy beast we released to the public. There were the unusual errors and crashes which are to be expected but it worked. Once in the hands of our community I have never seen something elicit such a polarisation of people. It was dismissed as overhyped and broken or else taken to heart to be loved and cherished, buoyed on by a fanaticism I was proud to have played a part in bringing to the world. Although still again among our players APB brought out both the poles in human behaviour. I bore witness to raw hatred and fury, arrogance and mean spirits but I was also delighted to experience the kindest side of human nature as players came to the aid of others when in a tight spot or they created works of art with the tools provided.
In all APB was a fantastic experience with an incredible team and it is one that I will always cherish and has added to who I am. Thank you everyone involved from our excellent players to our incredible dev team."- Conor Crowley (Senior QA, System design assistant, Tech support, in-game support, Overall CS, 1 man Publishing QA team, Tea Boy, Morale Officer)
"I’m sad to see the project go. Of all the games I’ve worked on, APB was probably the one with the most potential. I genuinely believe that given more time, we could have turned APB into the game we all wanted it to be. I’d like to thank the community for all their support, the good times I’ve had playing against them, and for the amazing (and often hilarious) user-generated content that they’ve created.
I’d also like to thank the rest of the team for all of their hard-work, and for generally being great people to work with." -Bryan Robertson (Gameplay Programmer)
Slight Edit: Corrected information about the release status of the latest update!