Everything you need to know about APB: Reloaded.
Realtime Worlds, Reloaded Productions
PC, PS4. Xbox One
Genre:Action shooter, online multiplayer
Release Date:Q2 2015
APB: Reloaded is an upcoming console port of the free to play online action shooter on PC that was released in June and July of 2010, in North America and Europe respectively. Originally the game was developed by the Scotland based company, Realtime Worlds, but in August of 2010 they went into administration and in September of the same year, the game servers were announced to be shut down.
Luckily for the game, in November of 2010, an online games company based in California called K2 Network stepped in and bought APB: All Points Bulletin for £1.5 million. Following this, the game was relaunched in 2011 as a free to play title under the name APB Reloaded. In 2012, K2 network merged with another online games developer, Reloaded Games and since then they have been developing and working on the game as Reloaded Productions.
Publishers for the game have included EA and now K2 Network following the acquisition of the title. Originally released on PC, the game is now also coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 thanks to Deep Silver, who found massive acclaim with their Saints Row series of open world action games. This console release will be done in collaboration with Reloaded Productions and “The Workshop Entertainment” with the port out in Q2 2015.
APB: Reloaded first officially went live in March of 2011 when a closed beta test for the game was conducted. The closed test consisted of 5000 testers with 10,000 total in the weeks that followed.
The game officially launched on December 7th of 2011 when the game was added to Steam under the Free To Play games tab. Since then the game has enjoyed a somewhat comfortable player base that have left the game sitting with a general review consensus of “Mostly Positive”. It often features in the top 5 free to play games on Steam.
Commercially, the game didn’t enjoy too much positive press, though this changed over time. Most agreed that the game was good, but nothing revolutionary or game changing. Gamingbolt gave the game the original APB: Reloaded a 6/10, citing repetitive missions and a general lack of polish as being the game’s downside as well as an ill-fitting free to play model.
Deep Silver created a short post on their website regarding their involvement with the game, stating that, “We are working with Reloaded Games and The Workshop Entertainment to transform the hit PC F2P Action MMO ‘All Points Bulletin: Reloaded’ into a game destined for the new generation consoles. On its release the game will be free to play and downloadable for all owners of PlayStation 4, and for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. Expect the launch in late Q2 2015.”
The plot of APB: Reloaded concisely boils down to two factions battling for control and power in the fictional city streets of San Paro. This is a dystopian city that houses both the enforcers and Criminals, the two aforementioned factions. Each of these factions is populated by players who then form smaller groups as part of their respective faction.
APB: Reloaded is largely a PVP orientated game, accomplished by pitching the two vying factions of Enforcers and Criminal against each other in missions that will see the two sides fight it out to accomplish their goals.
These missions will have the control sway back and forth as players will find themselves on the attack and on the defensive when parameters change. The typical multiplayer mission modes are what make up the bulk of the gameplay and they include the likes of Capture the Flag, VIP, Keep Away and the like.
What makes the gameplay different is the fact that these missions are often set in large urban environments rather than arenas that, coupled with varied weapon types and vehicles, make it distinct too. Players generate in-game revenue by completing activities such as bounty collection, stealing from others and mugging players in the game world. This money is used to buy vehicles weapons and equipment for the player. Given that APB: Reloaded supports micro-transactions, real world cash can also be used to purchase goods from the in-game store.
The PS4 and Xbox One builds of the game are expected to keep the PC version’s micro-transactions in place.
Given the nature of APB: Reloaded, players are given character creation tools for crafting their own avatar. These avatars then have a range of characteristics, including:
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.