APB dated and priced
EA and Realtime Worlds have finally announced a release date and player payment options for their exciting new MMO All Points Bulletin (APB).
APB will hit stores on June 29th in North America, 1st of July in Europe and 2nd of July in the UK costing 49.99 USD, 49.99 EUR and 34.99 GBP respectively.
The retail price of the game comes with 50 hours of gameplay time and unlimited access to the social areas of the game's city, San Paro.
After the 50 hours are all used up players can either buy game time in unlimited 30 day play vouchers priced at 7.99 GBP, 9.99 USD or 8.99 EUR with discounts available for 90 and 180 day packs, or 20 hour vouchers costing 5.59 GBP, 6.99 USD or 6.29 EUR.
Players will also be able to buy and sell items that they have created using the game's extensive customisation tools to help fund their violent exploits in San Paro.
This is an curious twist in the way that MMOs are traditionally priced and it will be interesting to see how gamers will respond.
Realtime Worlds founder, Dave Jones, explains: "We wanted to provide a simple and flexible way for occasional and core players alike to pay for their play without being financially tethered to the game. The model also provides an opportunity for customers to subsidize their costs by leveraging their talent or market savvy in the points Marketplace. Highly talented players could potentially even play for free in this way."