APB Reloaded attracts 100,000+ participants for open beta

Things are looking up for Reloaded Production's relaunch of the APB Reloaded MMO. According to its parent company, GamersFirst, over 100,000 participants have signed up to test drive the rejigged MMO during its closed beta, which is slated to begin on February 28th.

Of that number, Reloaded Production anticipates that only half will follow through with activating their beta accounts. Still, according to GamersFirst's CTO Bjorn Book-Larsson, the volume of interested players, "far exceed the number of people [we] actually expected or even needed for the first Closed Beta."

As many will recall, APB began as a Realtime World's venture, but was soon canned months after its launch due to luke warm response and lack of subscribers. Soon after the Realtime World's pulled the plug, GamersFirst purchased APB and formed Reloaded Productions with the intention of relaunching the ambitious crime MMO as a free-to-play online title.

APB: Reloaded is expected to reopen its streets in the first half of 2011.

[Source: Gamustra]

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