APB Property Acquired by GamersFirst; Relaunching As Free-to-Play in First Half of 2011

It appears that, for the most part, the rumors were true: Today, Reloaded Productions Inc., a whollyowned subsidiary of publisher GamersFirst, announced it has acquired "all the Intellectual Property Rights" to RealTime Worlds' cops versus criminals MMORPG, APB: All Points Bulletin.

According to the press release announcing the acquisition, GamersFirst revealed it plans to re-launch the franchise in "the first half of 2011" as APB: Reloaded--a free-to-play, Unreal Engine 3-powered title, developed by Reloaded Productions Inc.

nope Less than three months after launching, developer Realtime Worlds closed down the servers for the online title. Today's announcement makes no mention of the rumored £1.5 million ($2.4M) price-tag that had been attached to the sale.