The launch of the APB Reloaded open beta has temporarily been suspended following the discovery of an 'unacceptable' player disconnection issue this week.
"We have come across a new player disconnection issue that cropped up in the last 48 hours that has made us put a temporary hold on the launch of Open Beta until further notice," reads a post on the game's developer blog.
"The issue manifests itself in disconnecting some groups of players after one to two hours of gameplay, which clearly is not acceptable in Open Beta."
A new closed beta patch has been released and player behaviour is being monitored in order to track down the root cause of the problem.
"If we determine after the next patch that the issue has been resolved, we will then proceed to release the game to the public," the blog post added.
"We are clearly disappointed that this afternoon's public launch has been put temporarily on hold, but in the end we strongly believe that first addressing this issue is the most critical and important step we can take as a development team.
"As we have done throughout the entire re-launch we will continue being extremely communicative with the community, and will share any status updates as soon as they become available."
It was announced last week that APB creator Dave Jones had joined Reload Productions to resume work on the title that started and failed in the hands of now closed developer Realtime Worlds.
Developer Reload Productions secured the rights to the urban MMO shortly after Realtime shut.