Last week, APB Reloaded was gearing up for a new patch, the biggest the game had seen since Little Orbit took over last year. The patch was intended to include the APB RIOT mode’s initial beta, what was effectively a battle royale mode, along with a new weapon, a revamped in-game store and cosmetic items, and anti-cheat code.
“After nearly a year of development, the highly-anticipated APB RIOT mode will bring a new generation of gameplay to APB Reloaded with its introduction of a team-based collapsing map mode. The Beta will be live for players on PC, and offers players the ability to rank-up to earn free rewards and a new weapon skin. Larger ticket items like the RIOT Pass and the updated reward structures will be introduced with the formal launch of Season 01, but players can jump in now and share their thoughts.”
Unfortunately, the update was delayed at the last minute last week when the anti-cheat caused problems, pushing the patch off… until yesterday, when all of the component parts of the patch went live together. It’s live now! Reception so far seems pretty mixed, with some folks worst-ever-ing it, some calling it fun, and other pointing out it needs a bit of work. So, it’s an MMO.
APB itself was initially launched in 2010 as APB: All Points Bulletin but was rebranded as APB Reloaded back when GamersFirst picked it up. Little Orbit rescued the game, along with post-apoc MMO sandbox Fallen Earth, when it bought out GamersFirst last year, and it’s been developing both games ever since.