Report puts Epic in frame for APB buy

Report puts Epic in frame for APB buy
Michael French

By Michael French

September 17th 2010 at 8:50AM

BBC says the Unreal firm could buy RTW IP, which was built using its engine

The slow, sorry saga of Realtime Worlds' collapse has found another twist.

Despite a failed attempt to sell off the sunken studio and its games assets, a BBC report has named Epic Games as one of the parties interested in buying the rights to APB.

All Points Bulletin was the online game that led to RTW's downfall - built from $100m investment, it failed to find an audience quickly after its release in July. Although the game had potential, it seemingly failed too fast, and took the Dundee studio with it.

The game was built using Epic Games' Unreal Engine, the hugely popular technology powering a large number of major releases.

Which means that if Epic was interested in the game assets, it would know, at least, the technology it is built on.

But Epic has been tight-lipped as to the accuracy of the claim.

The BBC quotes Epic Games spokesperson Dana Cowley as saying: "Mark [Rein, Epic Games VP] absolutely loves APB, and everyone here loved what they saw.

"We've got our hands full of Gears of War 3, Bullet Storm and the recently announced Project Sword. If any talks like that are going on, then they would be confidential."