APB Back From The Dead As A Free MMO

Massively Multiplayer Online title All Points Bulletin (APB), which was shut down in September after it’s developer went into administration, is set to be revived as a free-to-play game.

The title has been acquired from the collapsed Dundee-based games firm Realtime Worlds by GamersFirst, who also have a slew of other free MMO titles to their name.

APB was largely blamed for the demise of Realtime Worlds, having cost over $100 million to develop and not attracting the amount of online players that were hoped for.

Bjorn Book-Larsson, CTO and COO of GamersFirst said: "We want to take all the unique features of this title, such as its unparalleled character, weapon and car customisation systems, and convert the game to a true free-to-play game.”

It is not yet certain how APB will be monetised by its new owners. TechWatch reports that some of the considered methods could involved users leasing guns online or taking out insurance on their best in-game equipment.

The game is now being handed over by GamersFirst to US developers Reloaded Productions to be refined for its re-release next year.

GamesIndustry.biz reports that the new game will be called APB: Reloaded.