The troubled MMO is not only set to return, but the reboot could indeed dwarf the problems of the previous release. APB Reloaded is the new free-to-play reboot of the failed franchise (which we actually enjoyed), but by the sounds of things the new owner of the IP, GamersFirst, could indeed make this work.
The new reboot will rely on the Basic vs Premium packages and the revenue will come via micro-transactions and by the sounds of things [via APB Reloaded's twitter account], the open beta will start in February:
“If everything goes exactly like the plan , the Closed Beta will be launched somewhere in late February”
Gamerfirst also told Joystiq recently that their main priority is to get the game going, with a patch following that will extend the city even further:
“There are things like a racing mode that was never released and other snippets of content and districts never released. Really our first goal is to get the game up and live again, that’s number one. If we can cross that hurdle, we’ll release the native patch, which was never released by Realtime, then modify that patch to at least promote a few basic monetization things, like a premium account access mode and a gun leasing mode. If we can do those two things, then beyond that there’s a whole slew of stuff to do next.”
With more details to follow this week, APB fans don’t have long to wait.