Update: Gamersfirst has shot down the fact that IGS will have any publication rights. Though, they are evaluating their options for a retail release they also reaffirm that they are still committed to providing a free-to-play game.
“Given that APB Reloaded has been the most talked about online game this summer and its unprecedented growth in open beta players, it has become very attractive to large institutions in the game distribution business. In just six weeks of open beta the game has attracted over 600,000 users and over a quarter million fans on the game’s fan page on Facebook. As a result of this success, we’ve been approached by retail partners to launch the title on retail shelves. Although we are evaluating our options, we have not picked a potential partner as of now. GamersFirst is also committed to the Free2Play model and any retail strategy will be guided by those principles.”
Original: Late last year, Gamersfirst, a prominent free-to-play publisher and developer, acquired the rights for APB — a failed MMO Shooter from the bankrupted Realtime Worlds. Since then, they have been creating a free-to-play version of the game APB Reloaded, which is currently in open beta.
According to Gamespot(via Eurogamer), IGS will publish a retail version of the game. Although it may seem unusual for a free-to-play game to receive a shelf release, it’s been done before with the promise of “goodies”. IGS Ceo Paul G Lombardi stated on his Facebook page that players will receive $45 of unspecified value if they purchase the retail box.
Currently in development by Reload Productions, APB Reloaded is looking to launch sometime in 2011 on the PC.