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APB is coming back. IP rights purchased by free-to-play company K2 Network

APB: All Points Bulletin may be coming back soon. The MMO shooter went offline in September after receiving mixed reviews. However, K2 Network, a company that specialized in localizing free-to-play games from Asia, has just acquired the intellectual property rights for APB from Realtime Worlds for £1.5 million.

APB originally used a monthly subscription business model. It’s expected that K2 Network will re-launch the title as a free-to-play game with micro-transactions. K2 Network is the company behind titles like Knight Online, War Rock, and Sword of the New World.



Nov 11, 2010

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]



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13 comments

  • Moopoke - November 16, 2010 8 p.m.

    yay!
  • EAC73 - November 12, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    @AnonymouZ u r wrong it was nothing like gtaIV i played APB and im happy its back but everyone thinks its gta when it is not!!!!! also @y2kpikacho12 well ppl how did buy it had a chance to get any EA title for free as a refund for APB which i got BFBC2 so it is not that bad of a deal right?
  • gUtSLyOiR - November 12, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    Damn, im glad its coming out, and being f2p sounds pretty good, but K2? my god, my experience with their service was terrible. I really wish epic had gotten it in the end. Ah well, ill keep an eye out and provided it is f2p ill maybe give it a shot.
  • y2kpikachu12 - November 12, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    Yeah, nice to hear, especially if it'll bee F2P. Kind of a big middle finger to everyone who bought it though. So yeah, i'd try it, never buy.
  • XSgtShootemupX - November 12, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    WarRock eh? That game were you CANNOT go on a serve without being hax0rzed to death? BRILLIANT... -.-
  • ventanger - November 11, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Huh, well. I mean who wouldn't want to buy an already completed game if you believe you can fix the issues that every reviewer has made clear? The only concern would be whether or not a small localization house is up to the task of making (and in an MMO's case, consistently maintaining) those kinds of changes.
  • Wriggly - November 11, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    @deadline: I agree, the game ran really badly on my computer, because of the fixed settings you had to choose from. Anyway, if they fix the problems the original had, it will be a good game, but they might not if it ends up being F2P, because just being F2P is good enough reason to ignore those problems for some people...
  • deadline320 - November 11, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    maybe they'll change it so you can choose you'r graphics settings aswell :L
  • AnonymouZ - November 11, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    i would be willing to customise up to his ass my char, and then leave it at that and go play gtaIV which is pretty much what the game was.
  • Jacko415 - November 11, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    WOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • enlargedhousecats - November 11, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    color me intrigued
  • Emulation - November 11, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    First! If K2 made a F2P version of this game that would be kick-ass. I doubt it will happen, but would be cool if it did.
  • Fenny12 - November 11, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Free or not, no chance in hell I'll play. ABP was terrible.

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