APB Updated Impressions

GamesCom offered the first chance to see All Points Bulletin being played live, and from what we saw, this MMO crime sim is looking very promising.

Long shrouded in secrecy, APB has recently been making appearances everywhere, from high-profile events like E3 to smaller industry conferences such as Brighton Develop. The game is reaching its final stages of development, and developer Realtime Worlds celebrated that fact with the first live demo today at GamesCom in Cologne. A hugely ambitious project, APB is an online massively multiplayer open-world action game that pits the lawmakers against the lawbreakers in a huge urban war.

The GamesCom demo focussed on the enforcer team, whose job it is to keep the peace in the world of APB. The demo started with a short introduction to the world, with two people playing the game locally joining forces with people in remote locations. They all got into a police car--one of the 30 vehicles that will be featured in the game. EJ Moreland, the lead designer, highlighted how the bodykits for the cars will be completely customisable, allowing law enforcement to be just as fashionable as the tattooed criminals we've seen in videos to date.

After the enforcers got a crew of four people together, they headed for a rendezvous with an informant. Once you've met an informant in APB, he'll issue you missions remotely, and if you're in a gang, these missions will filter out to all of the members automatically. The enforcement team then proceeded to follow the orders they had been given--using a battering ram to knock down a door, grabbing a briefcase, and delivering it somewhere else, for example.

The combat in APB looks to be a lot of fun, thanks mainly to the strategy involved. One of the players we saw was using a rifle, but the second opted to use a nonlethal shotgun. The shotgun wasn't as powerful as the rifle, especially from far away, but it did allow him to incapacitate enemies and then go up and arrest them. The benefit of this is that it takes criminals longer to respawn if they're arrested rather than killed--15 seconds rather than eight, according to Moreland. There will be 30 weapons in the full game too, with some of the weapons accessible only once you've reached a certain player rating.

The demo also gave us a chance to see certain features in the game for the first time. Players are able to create their own death music, which then plays whenever you kill anyone in the game. There's also an interesting feature whereby people close to you in the world will hear whatever you're saying, so you can't assume your commands are limited just to your team.

The demo also proved a perfect opportunity to let Realtime Worlds spill the beans on other new features that will appear in the finished game. You'll be able to create 10 different characters on one account in APB, although this could be changed before release according to demand. The team is already thinking of what it calls "horizontal expansions" to the game--special districts infested with zombies, for example, or a Mad Max-style driving area. They're even toying around with the idea of a golden briefcase--a rare loot drop of $10,000 to $20,000 that's highlighted for everyone on the map, and the first person to get it to a designated area wins the lot.

APB is on the home stretch in terms of development, and Realtime Worlds is promising an open beta "very soon." That said, it's an ambitious massively multiplayer online game, so there's plenty of testing needed before it's released in Q1 2010. The game is currently slated for release on the PC only, but it's clear that the team has its eyes set on the consoles as well. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.

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71 comments
hyttenhoof
hyttenhoof

champs013702 ... as much as i love my ps3, i REALLY don't hope it goes on to consoles, neither xbox360 or ps3, it's a perfect 12 year old magnet, and this game really needs a great community to work

DeathFriction
DeathFriction

This is sounding awesome. The 'horizontal expansions' also sound magnificent. I'm looking forward to slaying tons of street zombies. Even if they don't implement that portion, I still plan on getting this game.

champs013702
champs013702

I need this on ps3, hope they decide to release it for the ps3 as well as pc and xbox360

sesdelta38
sesdelta38

Does anyone know if this is still coming to the Xbox 360? They originally announced that it would.

FlashHawk79
FlashHawk79

Woah woah woah, districts infested with zombies? I thought of that months ago! They're in my head, man! I wrote 11 pages of stuff for a crime MMO, and most of it is in this game!

mortaleclipse
mortaleclipse

Games looks promising, hoping if this a true f2p they prove the assumption that f2p games are crap. Almost 100% of all f2p games tend to suck and really really hoping this one doesnt follow that same path. Cant wait to get my grubby fingures on this and start blasting on you mofos

1-800-Homicide
1-800-Homicide

they need to quit jerking each other off and tell us whether it will be on the 360 or not

majbros
majbros

Om-gah!! I'm STOKED!!!

Vasot
Vasot

MMO ??? No thanks...

s3NoXeRs3
s3NoXeRs3

I want more News!!!!!!!!! All Guy Crocker did is restate everything thats already been said about the game.

william623
william623

please make the multi genre in APB.... TPS and MMO, please...

tat2pap
tat2pap

havent played a good mmo for a long time , looking forward to this one .

-rukah_bear
-rukah_bear

@ turbo It's not anything like WoW. Please read up.

konradak
konradak

Blehh, I thought this was coming to the 360 also? What happened to that?

TwistLock
TwistLock

...Alright, is this all the coverage that this game is getting by GS at GC? I know that RealTimeWorlds has been promising full gameplay videos in their podcast after this convention, but I was pretty sure they'd be allowing the press to take some footage of it. C'mon GameSpot. Sneak a camera into the booth or something.

s3NoXeRs3
s3NoXeRs3

I think its more like GtaSA multi-player online meets APB's Style

turbo4400
turbo4400

So is this like WoW but modern and with guns and stuff or am i missing something completely?

conan6980
conan6980

@ Kougeru: I'm actually not being ignorant. I know how much it is to build a new, decent computer, as I just did that. That wasn't my point. I'm saying, that while there are many advantages of playing on a PC, the games are advancing faster than the hardware making it almost a must to UPGRADE your EXISTING PC in order to play a new game. So in turn, it costs more in the long run, in some cases, to play PC if you have to keep upgrading just to play a new game.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

It's different in that CrimeCraft is a game that is played entirely in PvP Scenarios, and you craft stuff from stuff that drops in those scenarios. It is a horrible game as well, I played it in beta and its one of the worst games I have ever seen. APB is still confusing to me, but it has vehicles, much better graphics, and its cops vs. criminals and i guess criminals vs. criminals.

MidnightKilla
MidnightKilla

So... How's this different from CrimeCraft again?

Jiggy_Wilson
Jiggy_Wilson

Wait, wait, wait! No sub fee (provided xraycat7055 and his link ar real)? Districts with zombies? Maybe on an Xbox? Good. God. This is gonna own. Even if I have to get it for my dinosaur computer, I'll shell out the cash. Open world+Zombies+FREE=Probably the best thing ever.

wolf0
wolf0

come on consoles the game looks fun

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

And PLEASE be free to play!!!

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Nice!!! This game sounds amazing!! I'm really looking forward to speak to other players, and put my own Aerosmith CD's in my car when i'm looking to bust some bad guys... And can't wait for the beta!

Katakalypto
Katakalypto

@ Mentito Yes.The devs announced that the game will be free to play a few weeks ago.

LURCH87
LURCH87

hope this comes to consoles im not big on pc gaming

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

snaketus Posted Aug 20, 2009 7:39 pm GMT "It's not coming to your crappy 360. Buy a decent PC." Thanks for your words of wisdom, i now feel much better knowing that its not only some console gamers that suffer from retardation.

Superdude475
Superdude475

I'm still not sure how the gameplay will be like, looking forward to that beta

thesilentkiller
thesilentkiller

This game sounds very interesting. I hope the beta comes out soon so that I can test it.

Kougeru
Kougeru

Conan, you're being ignorant of PC. A PC to run CRYSIS is only 300-400 dollars when you build it yourself now days. PC prices drop MUCH faster that consoles and are (technically) a much better bang for your buck. That saying, there's plenty of other reasons to get a console. Games like this just always work best on PC (as do FPS but yeh). I'm happy it's for PC, but i doubt I'd be getting 60 fps on it lol. And I noticed people comment without reading the article or checking the games website. IT'S FREE TO PLAY, you just buy the game for 50 dollars, unless they play an activision and charge PC users 60 dollars for a game. I won't accept that crap.

conan6980
conan6980

Why do people ALWAYS have to bash another system, whether it be PS3, 360 or PC? If you like one over the other, great........but that's just you. Not everyone shares your view. Each has it's own perks and drawbacks. Like what you like and let others do the same. If it only comes out for PC, fine, I'll still play it. It's just more convenient for me to play it on a console, especially since my PC is not hooked up to my big screen or surround sound. Also, not everyone has the money to upgrade their PC everytime a new game comes out.

Ioriya
Ioriya

It was planned for the 360 before. But not anymore.

snaketus
snaketus

It's not coming to your crappy 360. Buy a decent PC.

mentito
mentito

is this free 2 play?

ProGamerNerd
ProGamerNerd

this is cool, i think the old republic is going to be a letdown trust me. i played wow,war,aoc,lotro, and i may play this to.

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

Intressing. But i think i will wait for The Old Republic MMO and the new MMO from Blizzard.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Hmmm...Not so sure about this one while it is different sounding than most other MMO's which is a plus. I am not sure if it will find a market. Certainly, I dont have the time to invest in the traditional MMO's. However, if it going to be more like the battlefield series where you play in one hour or so blocks then this could really be great.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Eh!? i have always assumed this to be on 360 & PC, why then is this on the 360 page?

Pete5506
Pete5506

It sounds good, I want to see more

Neva-4-Get
Neva-4-Get

I beg you please on the 360... if not i predict a riot pretty please =]

chevydriver1123
chevydriver1123

This game continues to remain promising, I really hope they stick to their commitment that they will eliminate the annoying grind/level system that is associated with MMOs.

Bigbobon
Bigbobon

Oh and it has no Over-arching storyline and @forhekset it's all realtime in a massive world. There's no lobbies or anything so yeas, it is an MMO.

Bigbobon
Bigbobon

Just to be helpful and to clear up some discrepancies, It's multiplayer only with no monthly-subs (probably micro-transactions). For missions it's going to be real players that the computer matched you up with. Say you are a criminal and have a mission to steal something, the computer sends an All Points Bulletin to an Enforcer around your same skill level and you have to battle it out.

Welshmun
Welshmun

thats why PC is the best

jenguando
jenguando

360 pretty please with cream on top

Evilnator
Evilnator

xD zombie zones, that would be just hilarious if they made events and things like that (left 100 dead) xD