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Little Orbit are now in charge of APB Reloaded, and they’ve got big plans

I was going to open this post by saying 'Remember APB?', but Graham already did that in 2013. Um. Do you remember remembering APB? It's the cops and robbers MMO that launched in a shonky state back in 2010, causing Realtime Worlds to sink just weeks after launch. Then the game got picked up by GamersFirst, who turned it free-to-play, slapped 'Reloaded' onto the name,…

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Feature: All points deducted

Have You Played… APB Reloaded?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The story of APB is a twisted games industry tale that makes us all squirm with discomfort. Presented as Grand Theft Auto meets MMO it had neither the confidence of the former nor the lifespan of the latter. It was ambitious but also…

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Feature: Fashion Shooter

Citizens On Patrol: Arnold Tsang’s APB

This is the latest in the series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. Not only can I straightfacedly say that I enjoyed playing APB, I even have this document to prove it. Being what felt like a voice in the wilderness back then wasn't what was frustrating, though, it was knowing that the trolls…

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APB: Reloaded To Be Reloaded Into Newer Engine

Remember APB? It was GTA Online before GTA Online existed. It was a massively multiplayer game of cops and robbers. It launched like a soggy biscuit and its developers, Real-Time Worlds, collapsed just weeks after launch. It was eventually bought by another company, GamersFirst, and turned into a free-to-play game called APB: Reloaded that we still didn't like. Yet the game carries on, buoyed by…

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Pole-Vaulting The Shark: APB Vendetta Kickstarter

In today's game news from another universe: Modern Warfare's sensitive depiction of the banality of combat has prompted the Pulitzer committee to add a video games category. Half-Life 3's midnight launch also brought with it Steam 2. And APB, the most populated and well-received action-MMO of its generation, spawning a cultural revolution and raising gaming to the highest artform, has a sister game in production:…

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Feature: Hit and miss

Interview: GamersFirst Explain APB Reloaded

Our London-based agent Brendan Caldwell recently talked to the men who are responsible for the resurrection of ill-fated MMO-shooter, APB. Michael Boniface and Zak Littwin, who hail from the original Realtime Worlds team, had quite a lot to say about the current state of their project. Read on for Uzi lovin'.

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APB Reloaded Is Reloaded (Onto Steam)

It's a strange sight, seeing APB back on Steam, a year after it went away. Of course this is the new version, brought back to life by K2 Networks, reinvented as a free-to-play game. Which as of today can now be played-for-free via Steam. So, you gonna? And here's a sweet thing - the image above is captured from the new version of the game's…

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APB Reloaded’s Live Action Nonsense

Oh, this spate of live action trailers the world is currently suffering from will surely end soon? Beyond giving the message, "we don't think our in-game graphics are impressive", I'm not sure what else they're supposed to convey. But fortunately, this latest for APB Reloaded does occasionally switch to in-game footage. Which, of course, ends up looking (slightly) unfairly lame having just been watching its…

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APB Reloaded Beta “Late February”

That's according to this tweet from the company that now owns the game. Last year's biggest disaster is being transformed into a free-to-play title by the chaps at GamersFirst, who picked up the dead game for a bargain price when RealTime Worlds collapsed in September. For more details - and to keep an eye out on beta details promised for later in the week -…

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APB Sold, Definitely Going Free-To-Play

Looks as though the most recent APB purchase rumour was the true one. Reloaded Productions, owned by GamersFirst, owned by the K2 Network, owned by entropy, has bought it all up, and plans to make it free-to-play during the second half of next year. Whatever they paid, it's one heck of a bargain for the technology they now own. As dodgy as the game may…

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APB Purchased By Free-to-Play Company?

Mediocre subscription MMOs don't die, they just go free-to-play. And so it seems that after the high-profile collapse of Realtime Worlds, following the release of MMO flop APB, the game is looking likely to re-emerge some time toward the end of this year. GI.biz reports that the K2 Network, owners of F2P service GamersFirst, is paying around £1.5 million for the intellectual property. This is…

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EG: The Fall Of Realtime Worlds

Our chums over at Eurogamer are running an article about the catastrophic failure of APB: After receiving the news, most of the former employees left for the pub straight away. But a core of the now jobless staff remained at the studio well into the night. Though the studio was finished and APB was effectively dead they didn't want to say goodbye, to each other…

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A Last Hope For APB?

Via Massively, I notice there's a bit of a random clue as to the fate of APB. The website and such might be dead, but for some reason the patcher is still delivering info. On the 22nd it read: "It's looking like there might be light at the end of the tunnel for APB. The end of the administration process is apparently close and there…

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EA Giving Out APB Compensation?

A post on the Steam forums suggests that ringing up EA's support lines to complain about the untimely demise of APB might be fruitful. The poster in this instance managed to get 4000 Bioware points, which I think is about $50. Worth a shot, if you're glum about your APB purchase, anyway. It'll be interesting to see whether the game gets resurrected long-term, as has…

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You’ll Never Take Us Alive: Epic To Buy APB?

The BBC mention the possibility that the remains of APB may be purchased by Epic. This actually squares with the reports from Gamesindustry.biz where Les Able of Begbies Traynor said that despite 300 parties having interest, none of the shortlist of six were "comfortable with buying it as a live operation." So, APB is dead and there's certainly six places on that list for Epic.…

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APB’s Last Bulletin

Perma-troubled MMO APB is preparing to see its last cop shoot its last robber. While bankrupted developer Realtime Worlds' second project, the social game Project: My World looks to have been rescued by a mystery US firm that may or may not be headed up by former RTW bossmen, All Points Bulletin has not been granted a similar second wind. Its impending closure has just…

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Activision Aims To Recruit Ex-RTW Staff

There's a peculiar bit of news for all those Realtime Worlds employees who have found themselves out of a job in the last week. As an anonymous insider told us, "It’s a shame... as Dundee can’t absorb the level of game dev redundancies that are about to hit, which means the Dundee scene gets that little bit smaller." It seems that Activision is attempting to…

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Realtime Worlds Enter Administration

Oh, this is getting sadder. Following on the news of Yesterday's redundancies than Develop report their company sources that the company has entered administration. If no new investor can be found before an unspecified deadline, the company will enter full liquidation. Develop say their sources say the game will likely live on, if only in the hands of another developer. Full story here. I'd also…

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