Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ABP: Reloaded to come out next year

In a previous post, I found out that the APB: All Points Bulletin game may be coming back and going free-to-play. Well today I read that it will be re-launched next year as a free-to-play game, and it will be renamed to ABP: Reloaded.

Some info about the changes coming to the new ABP game:

"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," Bjorn Book-Larsson, CTO and COO of GamersFirst, said in a statement. "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."

Some more notes about the upcoming changes:

When asked about the major ways the new revenue model would improve APB, Book-Larsson said it would solve two of the chief complaints many gamers had about the game. First, no one will be buying game-time in "chunks," which should cut down on the number of people who drop the game because their friends stop playing, and secondly, the micro-transaction model will help with balancing issues.

"If you joined the game, you'd end up getting shot by people with guns that you couldn't get," Book-Larsson said. "That's not really a good retention model. So we're going to change a lot of the balancing components."

In the new APB, players who would rather not grind for a long time will be able to buy 30 day leases on guns that will be comparable to the weapons "hardcore" players gain through hours of hard work. "It's not the same gun," Book-Larsson said. "But it's similar to what you're being shot with by the other people... Our goal is to make it so that free players who refuse to pay still have a decent experience, but those who do micro-transactions, and buy these micro-transaction guns, get a little bit of an edge."

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