100,000+ sign up for APB beta

Numbers "far exceed" expectations.

"Well over" 100,000 applicants have registered for the upcoming closed beta of studio-killing MMO shooter APB: Reloaded, its new custodian has revealed.

In a post on the game's website, Reloaded Productions chief Bjorn Book-Larsson claimed, "we will far exceed the number of people we actually expected or even needed for the first closed beta. But that's clearly great news."

You've still got time to get involved if you're curious - Reloaded will stop taking new applications at 8.00am GMT on 16th February.

Book-Larsson predicted that about half of those who initially signed up would complete the second step in the process and be granted access to the beta, which is expected to begin in the first week of March.

First released by Dundee-based Realtime Worlds back in June to mediocre reviews, the ambitious MMO failed to attract a profitable subscriber base leading to the closure of the studio in August.

The game was then sold to California-based publisher K2 Networks, who entrusted subsidiary Reloaded Productions with getting the title back on its feet.

Few major gameplay changes are expected when the finished game launches later this year, other than a switch to a free-to-play finance model.

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