Indie Publisher Little Orbit Purchases MMOTPS APB Reloaded and GamersFirst Portal
Indie publisher Little Orbit is acquiring its own online portal -- GamersFirst Portal -- as well as MMO third-person shooter APB Reloaded.
In a surprise announcement, indie publisher Little Orbit has decided to pick up bother GamersFirst portal and the most noteworthy IP associated with it: APB Reloaded. While there is no indication that Little Orbit has acquired the publisher of both properties — Reloaded Productions — the news bodes well for the ever-growing platform that Little Orbit has been cultivating.
If the name Little Orbit sounds familiar, don’t be surprised — the publisher revealed last year that they were bringing Descent: Underground to both PS4 and Xbox One, and that they were picking up the pieces of troubled Kickstarter Unsung Story. The acquisition of both GamersFirst Portal (a global online multiplayer portal) that services 30 million registered users hints as possible broader aspirations by the publisher.
Meanwhile, this acquisition offers beneficial perks to APB Reloaded fans. According to the press release, an aggressive content plan is being pushed by Little Orbit that incorporates everything from maps, modes, and an overhauled match-making system:
Little Orbit has pledged 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. In the first wave of new content, Little Orbit plans to add new clothing, guns, and vehicles with new maps, play modes and matching system coming in scheduled updates. The team will also be upgrading APB Reloaded to Unreal 4 including upgrading APB Reloaded’s materials and art.
If you have totally been out of the loop, APB Reloaded originated as APB: All Points Bulletin prior to a brand reboot and publisher change in 2010. Publisher Deep Silver eventually ported the MMO third-person shooter over to both PS4 and Xbox One within the past couple of years, broadening the community from the once PC-only crowd.
APB: Reloaded is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game is a free-to-play MMOFPS, so feel free to pick up some of the game’s in-game currency from Amazon and dive right in.