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APB: Reloaded

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Publisher: Electronic Arts (EU), K2 Network (US)
Developer: Real Time Worlds
Release Date: June 29, 2010 (US), July 2, 2010 (EU)

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'APB: Reloaded' Kicks Off Closed Beta Test

by Rainier on March 2, 2011 @ 2:47 p.m. PST

All Points Bulletin (APB) is a massively multiplayer online freeform combat and driving-based game. Players must decide which side of the law to abide by, as Law Enforcement who take on the challenge of supporting and safeguarding justice, or as Gangs, who operate against the law and any opposing groups by any means necessary.

APB takes the universal theme of Criminals and Enforcers and brings it to a persistent, open-world, online multiplayer setting in the modern, crime-ridden fictional city of San Paro. Some players will achieve notoriety by feeding on the city, its people and its businesses…the Criminals. Some will live by a higher code and instead feed on the criminals and their organizations…the Enforcers. This dynamic where players become the core content for other players is one of the many unique features of APB. This dynamic where players become the core content for other players is one of the many unique features of APB. Its deep, rich customization system provides players with the ability to completely personalize their identity. Looks, clothing, vehicles and even music, all to astonishing detail and quality.

Where will you stand in the battle for control? Discover unforgettable weapons, experience incredible customization and try to survive a frenzied battle for control of the streets.

The very first "mini-wave" of 2500 invites went out six hours ago, first targeted at US and/or West Coast (but not ONLY West coast) players that met certain minimum requirements. If overnight things seem reasonably stable - then GamersFirst will increase the number of players DAILY. The current plan is to slowly increase the CCU count (simultaneously connected players) from a few hundred (what it is now) to just over 2,000 simultaneous players this week (which means close to 20,000 actual invitees). If THAT holds up fine, then the next really big wave is to go to 100,000 players and 10,000 simultaneous - though that leap might take a bit longer.

"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" says Joshua Hong, CEO of GamersFirst. "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."

"We took a chance on a pretty controversial franchise when we decided to invest in this game, and now we are looking forward to getting the first wave of gamer feedback on all the changes the team has made during the past several months," says Bjorn Book-Larsson, COO & CTO of GamersFirst and the head of GamersFirst studio subsidiary Reloaded Productions. "The whole team has done an amazing job creating a brand new experience from the ashes of the original All Points Bulletin, and our mission is now to ensure gamers get more long term enjoyment with each new game update as we head toward live service. You might even say that our Free2Play™ model only works as long as players really think it is ‘Fun-To-Pay’ for experience-enhancing activities and in-game upgrades."

"This has been a long time in coming for us and we couldn’t be more excited," says Jon-Enée "Neume" Merriex, Producer of APB Reloaded. "Fans have been chomping at the bit to get back in to continue their amazingly customized journey toward San Paro dominance, and we’re one step closer to making that a reality. This game is jam-packed with new experiences, fun, fighting and flagrant use of the F-word."

APB Reloaded is a faster, freer evolution of the original third person shooter game, noted for its remarkable character, vehicle and clothing customizations. Players can side with vigilante Enforcers or anarchist Criminals battling for dominance in the modern-day, fictional city of San Paro, in a very unique online game experience.

Major Game Changes

  • All vehicles have been greatly improved and redesigned.
  • The "starter" vehicles have been replaced by new, better looking and easier to control vehicles.
  • Weapons have had their damage increased considerably.
  • Upgrades have been grouped into 10 types. Upgrades of the same type do not stack.
  • Contacts have been split into Weapon or Vehicle contacts. Their rewards have also been split accordingly.
  • Roles have been re-vamped to support progression.
  • New anti-hacking measures have been put into place.
  • The Control Scheme has been revamped.

Premium and the Armas Underground

  • The basic Premium and Free2Play settings are now in-game. Players can "promote" their account to premium for free during the Closed Beta.
  • Added tutorials explaining upgrades, equipment and groups.
  • Customization limits have been added for Free2Play players. These do not affect the character creator.
  • Leased weapons added, which will be random rewards initially, until Armas Underground (micro-transaction marketplace) is added in Open Beta.

On the Horizon in future game releases;

  • New skill based matchmaking system.
  • New racing mini-game (including Time Trials).
  • New social mini-game Music Studio Live.
  • New weapons, new outfits and more!
  • New game mode – Turf War (formerly known as Chaos District).

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