GrE writes, "A wee while back, a relatively unknown developer released a new game on the Xbox 360. It came out in the dead time of Q1 and nobody expected just how good it would be. That game was Crackdown and the developer was Realtime Worlds. Crackdown rocked everyone's world and showed a lot of gamers just how much fun you could have with superpowers in an open world environment.
What really surprised the boys at Realtime worlds was just how gamers found new uses for the sandbox in multiplayer mode. With players opting to make up their own ways to compete with each other in the game's environment. This got them them thinking about multiplayer sandbox environments and from this All Points Bulletin was born..."