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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 09:07

Epic might buy APB

Written by David Stellmack
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Dave Jones could be headed there, as well
North Carolina developer Epic Games, best known for the Unreal franchise and Gears of War, might be again expanding with news that again that the company might buy Realtime World’s APB title. There seems a bit more to this news now, as whispers are suggesting that Realtime Creative Director Dave Jones might be headed over to Epic, as well.

The news of APB going to Epic isn’t really new. Talk from the shadows had suggested that Epic liked the title and saw potential in it, but agreed that it needed more work and development. If Epic were to purchase APB, it is unknown what they might do with the game right now of. It is possible that they could buy it and simply turn the servers back on and re-launch the title while they gear up to start re-developing the title once again.

APB could prove to be an interesting purchase by Epic as it would give the company an MMO-style shooter platform to work with and develop into something unique, and also create a new revenue subscription stream for the company. While APB would need a good amount of work and a lot of re-thinking of the business side of the title, it could prove to be a very significant play by Epic to get into this space. Epic has long-time roots in the PC gaming space and a number of resources to leverage to make APB successful.

We will have to wait and see what happens, but APB might not be at the end of the road just yet, despite the plug being pulled.

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+3 #1 Morse 2010-10-05 09:39
'Epic has long-time roots in the PC gaming space'
yeah, until they dumped pc for 360 land. Pc gamers made them what they are then they sell out. The name epic is pure dirt on PC.
 
 
+3 #2 Zone 2010-10-05 10:37
@Morse

Some more w(h)ine please.

Seriously dude, you sound like you have issues.
Epic has tried very hard to push UT3, free weekends, one GIANT adding patch, Steam support, lowering the price.
They brought out a superior version of GoW1 on the PC and the reason they have not to bring out GoW2 or 3 on the PC is the low sale numbers of the first one (which may or may not be the result of piracy)
 
 
-5 #3 Morse 2010-10-05 11:06
Quoting Zone:
@Morse

Some more w(h)ine please.

Seriously dude, you sound like you have issues.
Epic has tried very hard to push UT3, free weekends, one GIANT adding patch, Steam support, lowering the price.
They brought out a superior version of GoW1 on the PC and the reason they have not to bring out GoW2 or 3 on the PC is the low sale numbers of the first one (which may or may not be the result of piracy)


and here we see why they and every other dev that cuts out on pc gets away with it.......
 
 
+2 #4 Squall_Leonhart 2010-10-05 11:11
Quoting Morse:
Quoting Zone:
@Morse

Some more w(h)ine please.

Seriously dude, you sound like you have issues.
Epic has tried very hard to push UT3, free weekends, one GIANT adding patch, Steam support, lowering the price.
They brought out a superior version of GoW1 on the PC and the reason they have not to bring out GoW2 or 3 on the PC is the low sale numbers of the first one (which may or may not be the result of piracy)


and here we see why they and every other dev that cuts out on pc gets away with it.......

no, you really are bitching.
 
 
0 #5 Morse 2010-10-05 11:42
Call it what you want, epic havent done anything for pc gamers in a long time, they ditch us for consoles and now mmo $$$ sucks them back in they want to pretend that they are still big name pc dev. 'shrugs' well most ppl forget or dont care and I accept i am in the minority on this.
 
 
+2 #6 Wolfdale 2010-10-05 12:34
Quoting Morse:
Call it what you want, epic bla bla bla.. etc..



fact is, epic, and unreal are responsible for the engines behind the majority of big hit games of this decade,
call it whatever you want, but even tough the company is not actively making huge pc hits right now, they are involved in many others,
i think for that part, if you want to bitch at a company, focus at EA, these guys just buy companies and rape them, epic will ofc go for the money, it would be a sign of bad management if they didnt, if the big money is on consoles, why spend millions on developping titles for the pc, when you can just port a console game to the pc, yes you lose minor quality, but why waste cash on that when you can get profits instead
 
 
0 #7 Morse 2010-10-05 13:21
Quoting Wolfdale:
Quoting Morse:
Call it what you want, epic bla bla bla.. etc..



fact is, epic, bla bla bla bla...

As a pc gamer the only thing that concerns me is the volume and quality of games we see, we are missing big franchises that once upon a time we could enjoy, you make a point regarding unreal engine, but honestly is that really a good thing, a continuous flow of games using a dated engine that is great for churning out console games but doesnt take advantage of pc hardware? of course they went for the money who wouldnt? well maybe then i am just speaking out of frustration that pc just wasnt profitable enough for them to bother with anymore.
 
 
0 #8 Wolfdale 2010-10-06 00:05
Quoting Morse:
maybe then i am just speaking out of frustration that pc just wasnt profitable enough for them to bother with anymore.



on that i have to agree,
but you cant blame the shift of generation to be console kiddies,
but at the end.. the pc will conquer all consoles.. i mean.. even tough an xbox is super duper awesome and what more.. these guys are running shit on dx9 (b/c)
for any future games, they have no choise but to develop them on dx11, not only because its far superior, but also because "future" consoles, will no doubt have that too.. in the meanwhile, companies are back at the pcs for the latest tech.. thats the problem of a console and it allways will be
 

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