APB will relaunch as free-to-play MMO

Written by Joe Martin

November 16, 2010 | 14:21

Tags: #all-points-bulletin #apb #apb-free #apb-mmo #free-games #free-to-play #mmo

Companies: #realtime-worlds

APB, the MMO which closed earlier this year and which spelled the end for Dundee-based developer Realtime Worlds, is now set to relaunch in 2011.

The ill-fated MMO was bought by Reloaded Productions, a subsidiary of the K2 Network, who now plan to relaunch the game as a free-to-play MMO that will be financed by microtransactions.

APB was released in July this year after a protracted and expensive development period, but ultimately met with poor critical response and sales. The title limped on regardless, but was ultimately closed in September. Realtime Worlds itself closed not much later, cancelling all future projects.

Reloaded Productions now plans to give the game a second chance in the second half of 2011, but is keeping specifics quiet for the moment.

For more information on what we thought of the original game, check out our APB review. Alternately, Phil Hartup wrote a rather moving feature on the closure of the game called You Won't Respawn Tomorrow, which is also worth a look.

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