Grant Theft Auto Creator Developing MMORPG
Posted on March 9, 2005Webzen, Inc. has bought online game publishing rights to All Points Bulletin (APB), an online game developed by David Jones, the creator of the popular Grand Theft Auto, and his UK-based game development company, Real Time Worlds (RTW). APB is scheduled to release in early 2007 and will be showcased at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles this May.
APB is a massively multiplayer online game about a turf war involving two main factions, the Squads, whose goal is to uphold the law, and the Gangs, who seek to break the law at all costs. Players will be able to choose their side, in a classic good guy versus bad guy scenario. The Gangs are all about graffiti, attitude, custom cars and earning cash any way they can. The Squads stand for honor,teamwork, firepower and destroying the Gangs. APB will provide the player with the ultimate customization options from their weapons, vehicles and clothes to their attitude, music and environment. Thousands of players will form gangs or squads all around the world, and will play in hundreds of online cities.
In addition to APB, Webzen, Inc. plans to bring multiple online game titles to the U.S. market. The titles include the MMORPG SUN, releasing in the third quarter of 2005, and a massively multiplayer online first person shooter called Huxley, that uses the Unreal 3 game engine and is scheduled to release in 2006.