Barring catastrophe, APB: Reloaded is planned to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the second quarter of this year.
The game will be free-to-play on both consoles, and while APB: Reloaded will be available for download to all PlayStation 4 owners, only those Xbox One owners with valid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be able to join the massively multiplayer game’s perpetual crime spree.
So what is APB? Well it all started in 2010 as a sort of mashup of World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto 3, under developer Realtime Worlds.
Only a few months after APB launched, Realtime Worlds went into administration and the game’s servers were shut down.
Eventually the property was purchased and relaunched with a new developer (Reloaded Games) and new title. According to Deep Silver, since its rebirth in 2011, the PC version of APB: Reloaded has been downloaded more than five million times.
Reloaded puts you in the near-future urban cityscape of San Paro where you pick one of two factions: “Enforcer,” to uphold the city’s martial law, or “Criminal” to cause maximum mayhem across the city.
In addition to its challenging and immersive gameplay, APB features one of the best and most extensive character and vehicle customisation systems in any modern MMO.
The game is driven by PvP experiences where up to 100 customised players (up to 50 vs 50) can participate in real time missions across San Paro.
Peter Akemann, CEO of The Workshop, says: “Because APB is such a technically complex game, we are thrilled to help make APB a reality on these brand new high performance hardware platforms.”