Little Orbit has picked up APB Reloaded along with the GamersFirst portal that has published the game since 2011. The game was originally developed and published by Realtime Worlds, which famously burned through its assets and shut down the original, pay-to-play, version of the game in just 80 days.
Little Orbit’s website shows three games front and center: Descent Underground, Unsung Story, and Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations. The “My Games” pull-down also lists Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. According to VentureBeat, Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott said the company is moving away from licensed games, due to the complex and time-consuming approval processes required and the need to take down the games once the license expired, which is apparently what happened the Adventure Time games.
The company won’t have that problem with the unlicensed APB Reloaded. In the press release announcing the sale, Little Orbit promises “an aggressive update plan, including better and more consistent communication, a clean up of the forums, a new content roadmap and a complete rework of the banning and cheating procedures,” as well as an upgrade to Unreal 4.
You’d think that when APB Reloaded got acquired by another company, it would have involved fast cars and lots of high-caliber handguns. But no, it appears that today’s news is your typical business transaction. Maybe the deal was made with small, unmarked bills stuffed into a duffel bag?