Dead on arrival PC MMO caper All Points Bulletin (APB) will return next year sporting a new Free-to-Play model. Rising Phoenix-like after its well-publicised meltdown this year, the game has been bought by K2 Network, the Californian based game servicing company who specialise in bringing Asian MMOs to Western markets.
Bjorn Book-Larsson, CTO and COO of GamersFirst, the public-facing company K2 Network supports, spoke to IGN about the game’s Lazarus-esque return, claiming it will resurface as a “true free-to-play game in 2011.”
Developed by Realtime Worlds, APB allegedly cost $100 million to make. After scathing reviews and a lacklustre uptake, its servers shut down after a paltry three months of operation. Staff were promptly let go, leading to one of the industry’s biggest ever failures. It has been suggested that the $1.5 million paid by K2 Network for the title will mean ex-Realtime World staff, some of whom lost out on a pay cheque when the game imploded, will now get paid for their hard, if somewhat under-appreciated, work.