Was APB Premature?

According to this article from MaximumPC, Realtime Worlds is promising some major improvements to All Points Bulletin (APB).  Here is a quote from the ABP official forums:

“Over the last number of months, through closed beta and then KttC, we’ve collected a huge number of issues, complaints, suggestions and requests covering all aspects of the game. Because of the focus on getting the game stable and going through the process of launch, many of these may appear to have fallen through the cracks. But they didn’t – they’ve been sitting in our rather copious ‘to-do‘ list, waiting for us to have the time to begin to address them properly,”

According to the article, soon they will be doing a major overhaul of every aspect of combat, rule sets, matchmaking, missions, and working on getting those cheaters.  They also said they want the game to grow to what the player wants it to be.  My question is…wasn’t all that stuff supposed to be done before release?  I can understand releasing with a few bugs, but if you have to overhaul pretty much everything only a few weeks after release….was the game really ready for release?  It’s very true the first impressions are the most important, so while it’s good that they are making improvements, it may be bad that they had such a poor display to begin with.  Only time will tell if this game will end up in the same pile as Age of Conan.  Hopefully not.  I don’t think anyone likes to see games go to that dark place.

Jarret Redding
Jarret Redding
Jarret Redding

Executive Director

Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Combat games.

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