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Realtime Worlds comments on layoffs; APB to launch test server Tuesday

Earlier today we reported on rumors of mass layoffs at game developer Reatime Worlds, the makers of the first person MMO All Points Bulletin. Now the developer has issued an official (and still a big vague) statement on the matter. The statement, via VG247.com, is as follows:

Further to the press release issued on the 7th July announcing the post-launch restructure for APB and expected redundancies, the 30-day consultation period with the affected staff has ended. The supporting infrastructure for a game inevitably changes once released, and those staff that couldn't be redeployed to new projects in the Art, Audio, Coding, Design, Production, and QA departments have regrettably been made redundant. APB continues to be our primary development focus, and we remain fully committed to the game and its players.

In related news, the developer has announced that a new public test server for APB will go live this Tuesday. The test server will allow players to try out the many improvements planned for the game before they go live on the game's main servers. The improvements include better vehicle handling, improved weapons balance, more graphical options, more custom clothing and music items and lots more.

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