As "many as 60" devs have been let go from the studio, but it may be to sell the team "as a smaller entity." Emails apparently warn of APB cuts.
"The MyWorld team has been completely laid off," said a source. It was only just announced by the development studio, so if this is true then Realtime Worlds is likely in very bad shape. "As many as 60 may have gone, but there’s a rumour they may be trying to sell the team as a smaller entity. I don’t know the exact figure,” they continued.
Rumour also says RTW is trying to sell on APB entirely as the cost of the MMO project floats around the $100m mark, a colossal investment from a relatively new and small studio. MyWorld was a cross between social networking and LittleBigPlanet, basically.
A user by the alias 'Massiveslag' over at VG247 appears to confirm the sorry state of affairs going on in the dev offices: "As of 11:30 GMT Realtime Worlds have put a large proportion on their workforce on gardening leave ranging from 4-8 weeks,” he said.
"APB’s staff will be reduced to admin and a skeleton staff of devs and artists to keep it running and do general updates, but this looks like the end of RTW.” All Points Bulletin wasn't received well with RTW blaming expectations of 'GTA online' by the press.
There has been no official comment from Realtime Worlds as of yet.