Rumour: APB heading for the MS E3 conference

Thursday, 14th May 2009 13:22 GMT By Patrick Garratt


We’ve heard this a few times this morning: apparently Realtime Worlds will show APB as part of the Microsoft press conference at E3.

This Eurogamer story contains a pretty loaded quote from the developers’ studio manager, Colin MacDonald:

“I couldn’t possibly comment at the moment,” he said of the talk.

“But if we happened to be going, I’m sure we would make it known before too much longer, and we’d certainly give Eurogamer a shout to try to meet up.”

You might want to take a look at this while you’re at it.



  1. Patrick Garratt



    #1 6 years ago
  2. mart


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Shatner

    Good grief. Could you possibly fabricate more from such an ambiguous statement?

    Why don’t you say in BIG BOLD LETTERS that he’s a cross-dresser and eats live ferrets? I mean, he didn’t actually mention anything like that but I don’t see why that should prevent you from writing a “news” story about it.

    #3 6 years ago


    APB for 360 CONFIRMED!!!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. dirigiblebill

    Note the “rumour” bit, Shatner.

    Looking forward to hearing more about APB, though I wonder what it has to offer that the Agency doesn’t? Besides the gangland ambience, at least.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. tont



    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    @tont: Can I borrow you? I have a wall that needs building.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Shatner

    Bill, note this. The word “Rumour” counts for nothing. This is just purest bullshit journlism aimed to garner page hits and ad revenue. Its a fucking shambles.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. tont

    Psychotext: Sorry dude, they’re bricks of excitement, drugs and war. Rubbish for walls, great for crimes.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. dirigiblebill

    The word “rumour” counts for everything. If readers choose to assume otherwise, they have only themselves to blame.

    And even were it not clearly marked as such, this article is hardly a complete fabrication. We have a developer whose known game projects total precisely one being asked if there’s any justification to reports that said game project will see light at E3. His response is not to decry the whole thing as hogwash, but “I couldn’t possibly comment at the moment”.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Shatner

    No, rumour gets them off the hook on a technicality. But the rest is still purest bullshit designed to be eyecatching, to hit search engines, rss feeds and other stuff. Furthermore, people remember the details they like to remember – then when things DON’T materialise like the games media rumoured it to be whiney gamers throw their toys out of prams and blame other companies for not meeting their expectations. It’s not such an issue if people were in the habit of keeping perspective on things (which they never do – as evidenced by the comments in this article already) – but urban myth easily eclipses reality in this culture.

    Again, piece-of-shit take-no-responsibility-for-what-we-say writing. The word “Rumour” is just cosmetic. Absolutely gutter-press bullshit journlism of the worst kind. Just like it was with “LBP2″ article. It’s just VG247 sending out a big internet flare saying “LOOK AT ME!”.

    Just report the news, don’t go making it up.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Good god Shatner. Start your own news site or something… at least then something might live up to your unrealistic expectations.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Shatner

    My expectations are for a news site to deliver news, not fabricate it.

    Those are in no way unrealistic expecations. If you believe they are then you’re too used to being fed bullshit and rumour to tell the difference.

    Also, your comment is PRECISELY the sort of thing I was referring to where the right to express an opinion is used to suggest someone else is wrong to be expressing theirs. Well done.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. contender

    Nah, I’m with Shatner all the way. It’s utter cock but what can you expect on this site and RTW. No news as usual, that’s what.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. contender

    Why is Macdonald giving a quote then ‘when he couldn’t possibly comment’…?


    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    @Shatner: Your opinion isn’t wrong, nor is expressing it… but you are a completely broken record at this stage.

    Maybe when mart does the next version of the site he can make it so that you’ll be able to hide certain categories. You can avoid being offended by baseless rumours then.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. dirigiblebill

    @ contender

    Possibly because there is in fact something to comment about? :)

    @ Shatner

    There is nothing “technical” or “cosmetic” about a forthright, unambiguous admission that an article is speculative in nature, and once again MacDonald’s remarks *do* provide some grounds for the idea that APB will be coming to E3.

    If you’re going to take potshots at unaccountable writing, I think you can do better than this.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Madeira

    Is APB a 360 (console) exclusive?

    #18 6 years ago


    #19 6 years ago
  20. Whizzo

    PC & 360, PC version almost certainly first out the door though.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Johnny Cullen

    What happened to the rumors Rockstar were gonna make theis Grand Theft Auto Online?

    See what I did there Shat?

    #21 6 years ago
  22. No_PUDding

    To be honest they haven’t even said 360

    They’ve only said ‘consoles’ so far. And even ‘consoles’ haven’t been confirmed – it’s PC first.

    And I watche d afew things from it, and I’d much prefer play GTA4… I mean, it looks like the multiplayer from that.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. fearmonkey

    I can believe this, after all microsoft had a relationship with them for crackdown, and they dont really have anything in the MMO space.
    Plus, if they gave the crackdown update thing being worked on to ex-realtime worlds people, they would want to keep them happy.
    A very believable rumor…..

    Shatner you can be hilarious, but i think your “cracking down” on this particular article too much…..

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Abstract Poster

    To be fair VG247 is just reporting what another source has first published and then qualifying that this is only rumour.

    And in whatever capacity I’m pretty sure that APB will be at E3. It has to to be, the game is slated for release this year, been worked on for an eternity so RTW must have something to show for themselves.

    Fully expect to see some great promo videos and gameplay. If that isn’t the case then RTW are in danger of getting into Duke Nukem Forever territory.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. contender

    Think I’ve lost count how many times APB was meant to be for release. After all these years, you would *think* they had something to show…

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Abstract Poster

    How long has it been going on for? First mention I can find of the game is Feb 2005 where Webzen are saying in one of their financial reports they’d just signed the game and that it was due in 2007 (lol)

    That makes it over 4 years old but they must have been working on it already to get the game signed.

    Publishing this year means they’re at the end of a four and half year development cycle (and over 2 years late) so it’s inconceivable that they won’t have something playable for E3 representitive of the final game.

    Really looking forward to it

    #26 6 years ago
  27. No_PUDding

    So even if/when it does come to PC, I’d hate to think of the dev time for 360/PS3…

    MMO’s are nasty fuckers to balance and get right.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Abstract Poster

    Well yeah

    It’s hard to take the claims that the game will be released this year.

    World of Warcraft had about 18 months of open beta before full release as did Warhammer Age of Reckoning.

    APB sounds like an action game, has there been any successful MMOG action games? Good luck to them both trying to make an incredibly technically difficult game of a type no one has ever seen before but it’s hard to see how they build something of this ilk without a LOT of beta test time first.

    Love to be proved wrong :D

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    Confirmed that they’ll be at E3 with APB… not necessarily at the MS conference though:

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Abstract Poster


    GameFork Vs RTW Employee

    Monstrouk is this bloke

    Language is a bit fruity and he seems to spend a long time on twitter

    #30 6 years ago

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