When it comes to failed massively multiplayer online games, few are as legendary as APB. Realtime Worlds devoted almost all of its resources to the game, but just after launch, the entire project was shut down and the company was shuttered.
GamesFirst, a publisher that specializes in "free" online games, however, thinks it can find success with the game. Today, APB Reloaded took its first major step toward becoming a reality by beginning its closed beta test.
"Our vision is to evolve the original APB game into the best AAA production-value Free2Play MMO shooter in the market today by carefully incorporating gamer feedback in the creative process. We plan to turn this game into a genuinely engaging experience by honoring, respecting and involving the community during all stages of this game's evolution," said GamersFirst CEO Joshua Hong in a statement.
The company isn't just picking up where Realtime Worlds left off and hoping for the best. GamersFirst has made a lot of changes to APB, which it detailed in the following list:
The company plans to continue updating and improving the game, but the biggest change is the free-to-play aspect. The publisher relies on other forms of revenue, such as in-game transactions, to cover the cost of servers and maintenance.
GamersFirst is offering closed beta keys through various contests, details of which can be found on http://www.gamersfirst.com/APBReloaded.
Mar 1, 2011
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