One of the most destructive and unequivocal commercial failures of the modern games industry is being given a second chance.
APB, the £100 million white elephant that brought down Dundee studio Realtime Worlds, has today been confirmed as a new acquisition for the free-to-play evangelists GamersFirst.
A trusted source close to the deal has told Develop that the £1.5 million buyout price – originally appearing in a GamesIndustry.biz news report – has been “greatly exaggerated”, and that the £100 million game was bought for less than 1 per cent of that dev budget.
GamersFirst declined to comment on the terms of the buyout, but in a wide-ranging interview confirmed that the game will be released early next year as a free-to-play title – the same information provided by Develop's source.
Develop has a full interview with Book-Larsson - click here to take a look.