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All Points Bulletin: Officially Going F2P in 2011

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,649MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

The official word has come about the purchase and future publication of All Points Bulletin by Reloaded Productions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gamersfirst. Reloaded has purchased the intellectual property rights to APB. The game will be published sometime in the first half of 2011.

"APB was a game that had several exceptional features and some brilliant ideas, even though it was plagued by some initial balance and monetization issues," says Bjorn Book-Larsson, CTO and COO of GamersFirst, and responsible for GamersFirst’s studio and game development efforts. "We want to take all the unique features of this title, such as its unparalleled character, weapon and car customization systems, and convert the game to a true free-to-play game. We are deep into the planning and early execution stages for this next chapter of APB and we will share more details in the near future. In order to put ‘Gamers First’ we will also actively engage the community in many aspects of all the planned changes.

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  • Mr.AwwsomeMr.Awwsome Awesomeville, MSPosts: 48Member

    Awesome, just awesome. I really enjoyed this game and am happy to see that it is coming back. It may not be a real MMORPG, but it is a ton of fun.

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    Talking bout the issues..and keepin it funky.

  • XirikXirik Yorkton, SKPosts: 1,699Member

    I am VERY happy about this however I am wondering how the FTP company will handle hackers and if they will have a cashshop that only allows you to rent items instead of keeping them forever.

    "You have some serious mental issues you may need to seek some help for. There are others who post things, but do not post them in the way you do. Out of every person who posts crazy shit in this forum, you have some of the craziest and scariest" -FarReach

  • RyukanRyukan Mason, MIPosts: 706Member Uncommon

    It's good to see this game coming back as f2p, I would probably get back into it as a f2p. Frankly it should have never been released as with a p2p/subscription model, that was the fundamental reason for its downfall right there. I think it will be more successful as a f2p game, I'll be looking back into it, not if they can just nail down the hacking/cheating in it and balance out the matchmaking setup for missions and faction interaction.

  • VinterkrigVinterkrig BOSTON, MAPosts: 1,672Member

    Originally posted by Spiritof55



    um yeah, f2p......lots of cheap bastards that can't afford 15 bucks a month but spend triple that with their cell phones will love this.


     

    it wasn't worth $15 a month, the game just lacked content... aside from customizations 

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member

    Well... have to say this makes me happy. I've missed APB oO, don't really get the same experience in single player games and there's not another MMO like it. Crime Craft and Global Agenda are just to much of a lobby game setup. APB had a good open world feel to it that I just haven't found shooter wise. The Customization was out there as well, I miss my cars lol. 

  • DF08SaidDF08Said StockholmPosts: 22Member

    F2P OO AWESOME!!! FINNALY!!! :D im happy that i can spend som quality time on making a Emulator for this game haha xD

  • WolfClawsWolfClaws Arlington, VAPosts: 555Member Uncommon

    All of this wont mean squat if they don't fix the cheating bastards.

  • ArskaaaArskaaa KauhajokiPosts: 842Member Uncommon

    even tis game come free, its still sucks so much its not even whorth it.

  • AristidesAristides Boulder, COPosts: 172Member

    Always good to see a property that people poured their sweat and tears into gain a new lease on life.  Unfortunately, the developers are the ones who should have seen whatever reward from the sale, not some fat cat bankruptcy lawyers, which is what probably happened.

    This industry is not kind to those who do the work.

  • afoaaafoaa AarhusPosts: 578Member Uncommon

    I wonder if our old characters will be ported over to the F2P version?

    "You are the hero our legends have foretold will save our tribe, therefore please go kill 10 pigs."

  • svbrucey23svbrucey23 cranberry township, PAPosts: 32Member

    The old veterans who actually bought this game and paid for the subscription better get their characters ported or something, i refuse to be treated like an equal to all the f2p scrubs showing up. I demand a demi-god status

  • AvaritaAvarita OpavaPosts: 10Member

    We would hardly get our chars back afoaa... But still this is one good info. Lets just see how they handle F2P micromanagement. If they decide to stay with APB(or whatever you wanna call them) points for auction, items etc.. It might be good and well worth going back again.

  • PryettaPryetta Davenport, FLPosts: 260Member

    Originally posted by svbrucey23



    The old veterans who actually bought this game and paid for the subscription better get their characters ported or something, i refuse to be treated like an equal to all the f2p scrubs showing up. I demand a demi-god status


     

    Lol, too bad. You are going to be like the rest of the F2p scrubs, get use to it.

  • HepisodicHepisodic Tuckahoe, NYPosts: 328Member

    Yeah I hope our toons gets ported over. I refused to replay this game from scratch. I want to play it but not as a scrub toon after I reached 227 rank. Leveling wasn't super easy while being shot at. lol

    Veritas Vos Liberabit- The truth will set you free.

  • MykellMykell MackayPosts: 618Member Uncommon

    Wonder if they will remove customerisation options and put them in a cash shop.

  • Deathwing980Deathwing980 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 80Member

    Originally posted by Mykell



    Wonder if they will remove customerisation options and put them in a cash shop.


     

    im going to bet on cash shop, only way to support servers now a days for the young children who aparently are smart enough to steal their parents credit cards and use them like no tomorrow for things like this...

     

    granted i wish we had kept the monthly pay, eve does it so well with some in game credits to buy game time (hell why not do that in ALL GAMES) make life easier for everyone who play a shitload and make game time in game for a living...

     

    anyways, i havent really gotten a chance to play this game, didnt have the specs for it when it came out and when i finally got a computer to run it they go and shut it down... so yeah, im going to look forward to playing it free even if it may suck now (when things drastically change)

  • ThornrageThornrage Eastern North CarolinaPosts: 593Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by WolfClaws

    All of this wont mean squat if they don't fix the cheating bastards.

    IMO, that is what killed the game. We had a clan of over 100 people but the cheating caused most of us to leave.

    "I don't give a sh*t what other people say. I play what I like and I'll pay to do it too!" - SerialMMOist

  • GruugGruug Chillicothe, ILPosts: 1,311Member Uncommon

    It is great news...if you play f2p poj's....I don't so could really care less.

    Let's party like it is 1863!

  • urthal22urthal22 Asbestos, QCPosts: 108Member

    it failed before it will fail again... Cheaters + Itemisations of good weapons into Item Shops... ehh.. yea...no ...  Will still give it a try if its compatible with the Old version

     

    otherwise ill pass

  • harvest151harvest151 charlotte, NCPosts: 217Member

    Glad to see it back under new management. Sad to see that some no name free to play company has it.  Free to play is fine, but the hacking will be totally out of control unless they REALLY focus on the anti-cheat measures hardcore.  Anti-cheat, weapon balance, driving mechanics, varied mission type with more than press f, run here, press f. Add a few zones...

    They could have a awesome reboot. only time will tell I suppose.

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  • SuperXero89SuperXero89 Amory, MSPosts: 2,544Member Uncommon

    Nice to see this going F2P.  Actually looking forward to trying it now

  • kamikkazekamikkaze Rio de JaneiroPosts: 83Member

    i believe F2P games will dominate the mmo genre

    and I think it's better for companies and for us, players. Have my reasons and i dont want to write now...

    (and don't come with "you r a freebie...blablabla", i paid lotro for over 2 years and now its free and imo, it is kind better, WoW kids stayed on azeroth...they fear Sauron...)

    LOTRO player

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,206Member Uncommon

    "freebie" is as legit of a reason as any. I don't think a guy sitting across the world can force you into spending your mnoey any other way than how you wish.

     

    with that in mind, i believe the F2P model will self-destruct once saturation is achieved. I see it as just a fad.

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  • ditto101ditto101 tarrant, ALPosts: 13Member

    Originally posted by Spiritof55



    um yeah, f2p......lots of cheap bastards that can't afford 15 bucks a month but spend triple that with their cell phones will love this.


     

    yeah 45 dollar cell phones are a waste the 5 dollar big ones that cant fit in your pocket are better but hey instead of a phone get three months for a game so if yah need to call someone well hey you got a game yay

  • Cik_AsalinCik_Asalin SoCal, CAPosts: 3,033Member

    ftp worked with DDO, LotRO, now EQ2. . .now APB....how bad can it be.  I'll give it a shot.

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