A year ago, I certainly didn’t think we’d be talking so much about APB Reloaded, but here we are. In 2018, new owners Little Orbit began discussions on how to revamp the game, a plan that was set to crack down on cheating and bring the game to Unreal 3.5 and then 4. Little Orbit’s Matt Scott pushed out a status update on those efforts just ahead of the weekend. Apparently, while the team has managed to get PC and console on the same codebase, Scott says it’s still behind schedule.
“We’ll do our best to catch up, but we had some technical challenges in January getting the new build up and running for testing,” he writes. “We had just gotten the game to run internally at the end of the year, but I seriously underestimated how much effort it would take to build an environment that SPCT [San Paro City Testers] could hit externally.” Disconnections and loading issues were among the problems faced by testers.
“Visually the game looks very different. Materials were updated. Textures improved. Reflections improved. Lighting changed. There are aspects of the game that I’m still hoping to adjust, and I’m sure each player will determine how much they like or dislike the new look, but I was surprised how much I liked it. Framerates seem to be more stable, but generally slower than Live. This is due to a number of unoptimized things. I’m confident that we’ll actually get the game running better than Live once we apply some fixes. We are going to need to do some work on the districts themselves. Missing kiosks need to be replaced. Some elements need to be removed, and collisions will need to be thoroughly gone over.”