Cops and robbers themed MMO APB: Reloaded is heading to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One later this year.
The next-gen console port of APB: Reloaded will keep its free-to-play business model with the Playstation 4 version not even requiring a Playstation Plus subscription to play. The Xbox One version however will require an Xbox Live Gold account.
According to Deep Silver, Reloaded Games and The Workshop Entertainment, the new version is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2015.
The original APB, was launched in 2010 as a subscription-based MMO and during development, it was planned for the Xbox 360 as well as PC. Elements of APB showed up in 2007’s Crackdown, also developed by Realtime Worlds.
Mere months after APB’s launch, Realtime Worlds went into administration and the servers were shut down, with the game’s future becoming uncertain. APB was saved when it was acquired by K2 Network for £1.5m and relaunched as APB: Reloaded in 2011.
With the relaunch, the requirement for a subscription was dropped and many ways in which the game worked, such as the way server-side and client-side requests were handled relating to driving, were modified to attempt to alleviate common player frustrations with lag.
APB: Reloaded launched to a very mixed critical reception for both its original incarnation and relaunched edition. Some people however consider this title to be a misunderstood masterpiece.