All Points Bulletin, the forthcoming gangland MMO from Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds, will feature audio in game advertising. As reported by Joystiq, players will hear brief advertisements as they enter a new district, but are then guaranteed at least three hours free from commercial interruption.
APB players are being asked to shell out US $49.95 for the core product and US $9.95 per month to participate in premium game modes. To subject these players to in game advertising could be considered a mite unreasonable. Let’s not be too quick to judge, though. Realtime Worlds has generously offered to remove the feature for any player willing to pay an additional, as yet unquantified, ongoing fee.
Of course, Australian players don’t really need another reason to avoid APB. As reported by Kotaku, publisher EA decided against releasing the game in this country due to the absence of local servers. The few Australians willing to establish US accounts now realise that they’ll be subjected to the occasional advertising jingle along with the expected latency.