It has been a bumpy road, but APB's relaunch as APB Reloaded is set for 2011. However, eager gamers will have to wait only one more month to drive the streets of San Paro again.
The official Twitter feed of APB Reloaded has announced that the free-to-play shooter relaunch will enter a beta period at the end of February. A more specific start date was not mentioned. Further, next week developer Reload Productions will unveil details on how gamers can sign up for and access the beta.
APB, or All Points Bulletin, launched in late June to tepid reception. The online shooter logged 130,000 users by late August, but its developer, Realtime Worlds, collapsed and the game was shut down indefinitely.
Then, in mid-November, online game publisher GamersFirst announced that it had purchased the intellectual property rights to the game for an estimated $2.4 million. The publisher’s subsidiary, Reload Productions, is now in charge of development and maintenance of APB Reloaded.
For more on the original APB, check out GameSpot's review. And for further information on APB Reloaded and the studio's vision for the shooter's future, check out GameSpot's Q&A with Rahul Sandil, GamersFirst senior VP of global markets and PR.