If one man’s loss is another man’s gain, then perhaps one company’s dead MMO is a chance for another to bolster its subscriber base?
Hi-Rez Studios, in recognition of All Points Bulletin‘s untimely demise, has written an open letter to the Shooter/MMO community, letting it know that they’re ready to welcome refugees with open arms:
The last few years have been rough for many fans of the Shooter/MMO genre.
Several innovative game titles with great communities have folded as they sought to bring together those of us who enjoy the fast-action, intense pace of a shooter, but also the character progression and persistence offered by MMOs.
Today, we mourn our latest fallen colleague, APB. In making APB, Realtime Worlds had a bold vision to make an MMO devoid of traditional tab-targeting, cast bars, and die-roll combat. We honor their effort and innovation, and greatly mourn the game’s closing.
Sadly, the APB server shutdown leaves their entire community with nothing to shoot or blow up tonight!
We at Hi-Rez Studios believe strongly in the Shooter/MMO genre. We celebrate and thank all developers advancing innovative Shooter/MMO concepts, as well as the fans that dedicate their time to playing and supporting these games.
Executive Producer, Global Agenda
Far from having a cannibalistic attitude towards the affair, though, the developer is offering a hefty discount when purchasing fellow Shooter hybrid, Global Agenda, through their own website. Now, I’m not sure how many APB players we have around the Lore Hound community, but it should take the sting out of paying for all that extra “action” time for anyone who did. But even if you didn’t, there’s nothing in the language of the letter that limits the sale to former cops and robbers.
In fact, it seems that anyone can take advantage of it by either clicking the link in the paragraph above, or navigating to the main site through one of the banners we have posted here on Lore Hound. Then enter the code “LongLiveShooterMMOs” at checkout to receive 30% off now through September 24th. Since Hi-Rez dropped the idea of subscription fees a few months ago, that means all you’re doing is making a one-time purchase for about 20.99 USD, with similar discounts in European countries.
Huh, as it turns out, one company’s loss is everyone‘s gain.