APB: Vendetta Lands on Kickstarter
Chances are you’ve heard of APB. Once the open-world MMO darling child of Realtime Worlds, it dragged its parent company through the mud and forced a rebranding into APB: Reloaded. While this incarnation of the franchise has been quietly successful – nothing to write home about, but not bad – the folks at Reloaded Productions are unsatisfied. They want a new entry in the franchise.
APB: Vendetta is that new entry, and it recently hit Kickstarter with a goal of $300,000. If the promotional materials are to be believed, it’s a big change in what APB’s devs have done. I think it’s a good change, though. Vendetta aims to be a stand-alone, purchase-once multiplayer shooter set in the world of APB. Gameplay inspiration includes two of my favorite mods (The Specialists and Action Half-Life) and one of my favorite movies (Hard Boiled). There’s a distinct focus on movement, with bonuses given to players to wallrun, dive, slide, and do all sorts of other crazy nonsense. The trailer makes it clear that they already have a working prototype, and that the Kickstarter is so they can afford a full-time team for the project so it comes out within a reasonable timeframe. May as well give it a look!