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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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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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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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Feature: Gilded And Guilded

Putting PvP First: Hailan Rising

GamersFirst - they of War Rock, APB Reloaded, and now Fallen Earth - have announced the development of their own, brand-new MMO, Hailan Rising. It's going to be a traditional fantasy MMO with a rather untraditional level-free, PvP-focused design. Not only are there no levels, but you're not even going to be skill-restricted by class. Read on for a bit more about how GamersFirst intend…

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Fallen Earth Goes Free-To-Play

The MMO-minded chaps at Massively got the scoop on this one: post-apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth is going free-to-play, thanks to being picked up by GamersFirst. The model will be "unlimited trial", so subs will still be in place, but have various tiers that unlock stuff and boost XP gain. The design team will also remain intact, and the game will continue development as planned. We…

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APBeta: Open For All This Afternoon

APB Reloaded's delayed open beta is set to go live at 1400hrs UK time. It's going to be interesting to see what changes GamersFirst have made in their efforts to reboot the dead MMOFPS as a free-to-play title, and they're keen to stress they're very much regarding this as a beta, despite the game having launched once before. Interestingly, the company has taken on Dave…

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APB Reloaded: A Trailer, Beta News

So APB Reloaded is now going into its second week of beta, and the APB Reloaded blog has a full breakdown of what took place during the first week. If only all beta-tests were so transparently documented! The team have also released a trailer for the game, which is currently undergoing lots of tweaking for both balance and performance. The trailer shows a car-chase, and…

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APB Reloaded Screenshots Show Men, Guns

And now, some guns! GamersFirst have released the first few screenshots of APB Reloaded, their upcoming free-to-play reboot of Realtime Worlds' cops'n'robber MMOG. There are four of these shots, all showing a man enjoying a day out with his gun. The screenshots accompany a long blog post from designer Zak Littwin (previously the QA Lead at Realtime Worlds) detailing just some of the changes coming…

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APB: Re-beta’d, The Sign Up

The APB: Reloaded blog has come up with some details about how to join the closed beta. Sign up and create a GamersFirst account is the first step, but later there's information and DxDiag and things. They're just warning you that it's going to get involved, or something. Apparently 20,000 people have already registered, which sounds like a decent number, but I wonder how many…

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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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