“Reloaded Productions”, an offshoot subsidiary of GamersFirst, will be handling the game’s online reboot for the first half of 2011.
Thankfully, the game will be further cleaned up because the new team promises that they recognize the shortcomings that sank the original release that played a part in the eventual bankruptcy of the original developer of APB, Realtime Worlds.
“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,” said CTO and COO Bjorn Book-Larsson.
Additionally, the game will be going from subscription-based to a free-to-play model which has been very successful for several MMO’s from Dungeons & Dragons Online free-to-play to Lord of the Rings Online free-to-play.
And going a long way towards showing the kind of people GamersFirst are, they will be compensating those ex-employees of Realtime Worlds who lost their jobs but were integral to the creation of APB.
“We are obviously very happy to have concluded the sale but at the same time very much regret the loss of jobs as a result of the closure of Realtime Worlds,” said Paul Dounis. “As a consequence of the IPR asset sale all outstanding wages and holiday pay claims will be met in full.”
Here is an old trailer for APB.