Until now I still had faith. Do you know this smell, coming mostly from old people.. they have accepted their fate, and you can literaly smell death from them. This is what I feel while playing APB now.
Old people smell is the result of an increased production of the chemical compound Nonenal, due to hormonal changes that leave their skin more vulnerable to oxidation. This natural biological process is completely independent of an elderly individual's outlook in regards to philosophical concepts such as fate and mortality. That said, your attempted metaphor was not without an element of poetry. Maybe workshop that one.
On the actual topic ... hope for APB?
If I'm being rational, I'd say that it is best to abandon preconceptions and expectations, and let things play out as they may. Easier in theory than in practice though, it is sad to see something with such unique potential dwindle away. So I do have have some hope, but it is not for APB specifically (though it could be) ... my hope is that someone will recognize the value and potential of the sort of systems APB utilizes and seek to occupy that niche.