Little Orbit CEO Matt Scott has written up a dev blog full of tidbits of information for APB Reloaded players, including the game’s expansion into Asian territories, the consolidation of worlds to let players play together across regions, and word on progress with the engine upgrade.
In terms of Asian expansion, APB is getting a mobile game in the region thanks to a deal with Hong Kong-based Unit Game. The deal hands over development of the mobile game to Unit Game for release in Asia first and worldwide later. This frees up Little Orbit to focus on other APB Reloaded matters such as the engine rework and UE4 version while still maintaining ownership of the IP.
Speaking of the engine rework, Scott provided a bullet list of where the rework is in terms of updates made this past August. A beta date for the new engine version of APB is still unclear, but Scott maintains that working on it remains Little Orbit’s #1 priority.
Finally, there are some details about the consolidation of worlds. While this sounds like a server merge on the tin, it effectively brings different regions together, letting any player play any character in any region. This should offer up more people to play with for North American players and provide better latency to players in Asia-Pacific, South America, and Russia. Consolidation should occur in October.