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APB Reloaded open beta attracts 100,000 sign ups

GamersFirst expects around half to actually join next stage

Over 100,000 gamers have signed up to the open beta for the APB reboot, APB Reloaded, GamersFirst has revealed.

The company expects around half of those potential players to take the next step of installing and playing the game.

The company purchased the MMO and its assets from the administrators of Dundee developer RealTime Worlds following that company's collapse in August, 2010. The slide into administration was largely blamed on the poor performance of APB, which failed to wow critics and attracted too few subscribers to become profitable.

GamersFirst is operating the game on a freemium model, with the game's extensive customisation options somewhat restricted for non-premium members.

The beta program is scheduled to begin on February 28. Beta registrations close at midnight, Pacific Standard Time, tonight.

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Latest comments (3)

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
I truely hope this game can find success in some manner with some gameplay tweeks. The art work and character design and customization is superb. Any other company would have cancelled or delayed it indefinitly. But its good to see a developer pushing foward with a game they want to make, rather then relying on sales figures. I truely applaud them sticking to this game and trying to use different stratagies to capatalize on it and make it better.

I for one would have loved a sequel to Mirrors Edge, P.N.03 or Beyond Good and Evil. But since they didnt sell well big publishers arent willing to take chances with a sequel. When a sequel offers the opportunity to correct what went wrong with the first game. Which includes, gameplay tweeks, marketing and publicity.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 16th February 2011 12:12pm

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Daniel Vardy Studying HND IT, De Montfort University5 years ago
eagerly awaiting APBR. loved it under RTW and hoping to get a similar experience

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Daniel Vardy on 16th February 2011 2:53pm

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Pier Castonguay Programmer 5 years ago
My personal biggest gripe against the first APB (except for bugs/performances) was the lack of gameplay elements. Customization was nice, but I would say there was too much. What players want from a MMOTPS is not to have an avatar who look good, but to have fun playing an action game. That's why I'm not too sure about that "freemium model". Gives us quests and more things to shoot instead.
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