APB Reloaded beta targeted for late February

Game's official Twitter feed reveals late February start date for online shooter's trial period; closed beta registration details coming next week.

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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.

The streets of San Paro will come alive again next month.

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.

Discussion

53 comments
V0m1t
V0m1t

Actually, being in closed beta, I can tell you that it's still HORRIBLE. Still cheaters present, which know how Gamersfirst plans on banning, and already have a workaround ready. The gameplay is still the same 4 missions over and over again. They've stated on the forums that nothing is really planned to change, and they're still struggling with the memory loss issue that plagued RTW. All in all, this game is just on course to siphon money from TWO companies.

runstalker
runstalker

Game had balance woes and limitations/repetition, but I still remember some classic street gunfights in APB -- some real big moments of great, spontaneous insanity present in no other MMO. Of course it's in completely different hands now from an ongoing development standpoint, so who can say where it goes beyond the February patch -- incidentally, that's Realtime Worlds' last ever in-house update for APB.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@breezeatnight Thats three thought's.

mojamaca
mojamaca

@breeze ... We all bought and paid for APB man... things you`re talking are nonsense

breezeatnight
breezeatnight

Two thoughts... 1. Previously PAID customers should get some sort of reward. I personally paid $70 for the game and would like acknowledgment of my support and hard earned money. (not specifically an unbalanced weapon\vehicle but something...) 2. Taking the first comment into consideration it would be nice if F2P isn't excessively based on purchasable items so us previously paid customers aren't left in the dust due to not wanting to dish out even more money just to get wiped again. Personal thoughts\doubts... Money talks, bullcrap walks. Who pays the most wins the most. Hopefully not but... I won't be handing out another $70 to play a balanced game (even though it wasn't before) patches would have hopefully smoothed out the obvious inconsistencies. Hoping for the best... ~Breeze~

caossbr
caossbr

well...who needs to be a mage when u got a gun. i just hope this game comes better than before. @ARON1202 don't worry,if you had to buy the game,it would be B2P,not F2P.

ARON1202
ARON1202

do we have to buy this game again ? because if that is the case going bombard there HQ

SaPhIrX_lOl
SaPhIrX_lOl

I just don't want players to be able to get their hands on overpowered weapons and items if they pay a few bucks.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

hate to sound like a cheapo, but considering it's relaunch being free-play, I am once again drawn back to giving this a go. I like the idea of a game that cuts through the usual template of "healer, tank, ranged" in an MMO platform. And it's modern setting adds an element that hasn't been exploited in this genre too much. Count me in. If the missions, animation and control is up to it, then this could be a lot of fun still

CrazyBahal
CrazyBahal

From the first time I saw APB I said that this game can be a good free to play game and I'm not going to pay for that and now the game is Free to play

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Well that sounds nice. Infact free is alwats nice. =P But i have bin curies about this game for a while now and i think this type of game will get more users with a free-to-play thingy then a subscription.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

If they take it down the route of other popular online shooters. Such as S4 League or Gunz, then this is definitely a winning idea.

dillonpeterliam
dillonpeterliam

If its gona be free (well free to an extent), then I think its worth a try . .

BornGamer
BornGamer

I have a feeling the business genius who decided to buy a disastrous failure of a game and relaunch it is about to regret their decision.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I was exited for this game for a long time. I guess I will try it.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I played a bit of the beta last time, I wouldn't mind giving it another go

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Partner with OnLive, and I'm there, paying money for extras, and giving you free advertising.

Blitz8529
Blitz8529

How was you constantly ganked in APB? You always knew when someone was coming after you. There was really no surprises. Please, tell you wasn't expecting a game that had like 10 mission total to be a solo quest adventure.

eriktkire
eriktkire

interesting, this time the game will have a REAL beta test? That's a big (though obvious) step in the right direction.

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

@FarmFreshDX, it's not just the technical problems that made the original version of the game collapse, it's the fact that it was so unbalanced against new players who never played Beta, or preferred lonewolf styles over joining a gang. I just hope they have means to help keep the game on a level playing field, and that it eases new, casual players in better than what what it was under EA & RTW, because I was constantly ganked in the previous version.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

APB had a very interesting concept for an MMO, and I hope they can fix all the bugs and such that made the first game collapse.

blakeney
blakeney

Im sure all the "GM's" that couldnt even stop aimbotters will still have a job as its F2P.... :\

blakeney
blakeney

"irishscott99 Posted Jan 4, 2011 7:05 pm GMT APB was horrible. Its character creation was outstanding though." This sums APB up in a nutshell.

blakeney
blakeney

lol at the ignorent fools that are reviving APB on the belive/hope it failed becuase it was not F2P!!! Unless they sort the core game (the fact that it was about as deep as a baby bath) it will fail...... F2P or not.

Ange1ofD4rkness
Ange1ofD4rkness

SWEET! Took them along time, but hopefully it will be worth it, I just want my account back now Oh also, I never lost hope in the game, from the time I started playing to the closure I knew if it would take it would be bought out, I mean look at my profile photo and a banner on my profile, both APB

Ange1ofD4rkness
Ange1ofD4rkness

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The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I dunno. Playing free roam on GTAIV provides more fun

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Last year, APB was a disaster waiting to happen after it came out. Why? Yup, Realtime Worlds didn't even have the care in the world to fix it. that led to it's early demise. But all was not lost, as APB last year, got bought out by GamersFirst. And how about that? APB later this year is going F2P! As it should be in the first place!

sircyrus
sircyrus

I'd love to have a GTA MMO on the PC, but a crappy multiplatform console-centric title wont cut it. They should just stick this on consoles. How it played on PC felt like it was designed with the console in mind anyway, rather than PC controls.

Khatjal
Khatjal

They want a playerbase? Make a console port.

FusionRain
FusionRain

Well it's gonna be F2P now. Hopefully they fix the balance and gameplay issues.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I was never interested in APB mainly because of the monthly fee that MMOs have, the fact that it did poorly just kinda added on. But with this free I will be checking it out, hope they bring it up to the standard they originally envisioned.

irishscott99
irishscott99

APB was horrible. Its character creation was outstanding though.

Blitz8529
Blitz8529

Bought for 2.4 million what an amazing steal. I'll play it if its free2play.

Rahnyc4
Rahnyc4

tablesp00n i feel sorry that you had to waste 50 dollars on this. you could of used that 50 to get you some steam games and wait a few more months for the free to play apb, that no one even knew about.

tablesp00n
tablesp00n

I think I did test it already. I'm pretty sure I paid $50 to test it. Even free I could find something better to do with my time.

Cryaotic
Cryaotic

It doesn't hurt to try it, but I hope they actually work on the content aspect of it this time around. That and the skill-based districts and chaos districts they were talking about would be AWESOME. Just sayin'.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

If it's FTP I'll try it, but two things must be over come. First, FTP games generally suck because it's not about leveling or questing it's about your credit card and buying all the items you need to have fun. Second, APB sucked.

JiGSaW918
JiGSaW918

free to play is the only way to go

Marky360
Marky360

So Gamespot are you guys going to put up a new review for APB reloaded when it's re-released or are you gonna just take the lazy route and just leave it as it is.

vega13mv
vega13mv

free to play? no complaints from me, cant hurt to try it

sapetto
sapetto

Looking forward to it