Realtime Worlds' MMO APB
has had a troubled past to say the least, getting shut down in record time
after a disastrous launch. But the title was purchased by GamersFirst soon after that with the intention of being reopened as a free-to-play game called APB Reloaded
, and it looks like things are going pretty well. Not only has the title appeared in Steam's most played charts already
, but GamersFirst now says it has picked up three million new registered users
after showing up on the Steam service.
That's quite a turnaround. The original game only boasted about 130,000 registered players
, so the current iteration has already picked up that original audience and more. GamersFirst says the game has "quickly amassed a vocal, dedicated community, and they've been instrumental in growing the game and helping better the experience."
And then there's the ultimate rebirth: APB Reloaded
is apparently headed back to store shelves at retailers, too, in the form of a $29.99 box with "more than $50 worth of value including unique in-game items." That's pretty impressive for a game that saw a server shutdown in just 90 days or so.