Speaking during an extensive interview with Eurogamer, Realtime Worlds’ Dave Jones has reiterated that a console version of APB is still some time away – if it will happen at all. With the PC version now out and receiving a somewhat lukewarm reception, logic suggests that an Xbox 360 or PS3 version of the cops and robbers MMO game has perhaps dropped somewhat in stock. Regardless of review scores or technical challenges (the cost of running dedicated servers for example), Dave states nothing will happen with non-PC versions of the title until a publisher is in place. Asked the perpetual question of “APB on consoles, when?”, Dave replied:
“That won’t happen until we have a console publishing partner. That’s the only thing that will trigger that.”
Considering EA joined the APB project toward the end of the process, assisting in the game’s distributing and marketing, the obvious choice would be for a console version of the game to also be released under the EA Partners banner. Right now, however, it’s not something the two parties have openly discussed. Dave continues:
“Well we haven’t had that conversation with them, because we were EAP, and they tend to work with something that’s fully funded, along the way, and just needs distribution. Maybe if we spoke to EA directly. But I think the main thing was to get this game live, look at it, see what the good points are that people like. I’ve often said, if we do a console one it would have to be quite different. It’s a different market, different control mechanism.”
APB is out on PC now.