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Mercredi 11 mars 2020  
 
JMB 23 - The New Corsair

Hi everyone, this is Matt, and this month I thought I would take some time to talk about the new JMB, where we plan to go with the JMB system, and our choice to add a new legendary shotgun.

To start, I would like to reassure everyone that these additions did not take away from our Engine Upgrade efforts. Everything we added used systems we already had in place. We are trying to walk the line between providing fun content the community asks for, moving forward on our own goals for updating systems to be fairer and more fun, and not taking away from our push to complete the Engine Upgrade.

Next, I liked the idea of releasing a slug shotgun for our new legendary because this is something we see commonly requested, and it felt thematically aligned with our newly released shotgun balance stats. If you are curious, this is what the Corsair slug shotgun stats look like.

You can find lore and a picture of the Corsair in our original announcement.

I do want to acknowledge that I had hoped to significantly alter the JMB system by now. There is a plan in place that I think players will enjoy, but we just haven’t had the time to implement it yet. Having said that, Little Orbit has only released 2 legendaries in the 22 months since we took over, and it feels like we are quite a bit overdue. Even so, I still want to reduce the randomized loot aspect of these boxes.

So, since it’s Joker Madness month, I have decided that in addition to the random rewards, JMB 23 will also give a guaranteed amount of Joker Tickets. That means regardless of whether you get the legendary you’re chasing, you will still earn tickets that can be spent in the Joker Store for other permanent guns. This is a baby step. But since it didn’t involve reworking any other systems, we were able to implement it right away as an experiment.

If you’d like to check it out for yourself, JMB 23 is now available in ARMAS. I hope you enjoy the new legendary shotgun as we continue full steam on the Engine Upgrade.

Thanks,

Matt

 
 


Mardi 3 mars 2020  
 
Patch Build number - 1.20.0 (1219)

A new patch is going up onto the Live servers for PC. This patch will be happening on Wednesday 3/4/2020. The Patch is scheduled to start at 9 AM UTC and will last up to 4 hours. Console will have its normal maintenance starting at 9 AM UTC as well.

Overview

This week kicks off Joker Madness, where we are greatly increasing both the drop rate and the number of Joker Tickets dropped from opposed missions for the month of March. We are also moving all of the shotgun stats that have been tested into all districts. These stats are what we are comfortable going live with, but they could still be tweaked in the future.

Changes/Fixes

    Moving shotgun stats from Prototype districts into all Districts.
    Doubling drop chance of Joker Tickets from opposed missions for the Joker Madness event.
    Tripling the amount of Joker Tickets dropped from opposed missions for the Joker Madness event.
 
 


Lundi 2 mars 2020  
 
Joker Madness

Ticket to Fun

This March, get ready for a little mayhem. Starting with our March 4th patch, we will be granting triple Joker Ticket rewards in Action Districts. That’s right, for every mission you complete, you will get three times the Joker Ticket rewards! Not only that, but Joker Ticket drop rates will be doubled! Get more bang for your slaying for a limited time this month. But the madness doesn’t stop there! We are also introducing a new Joker Mystery Box with some improved value.

But first, let’s talk a moment about shotguns.

Going Live

Thanks in large part to your guys’ feedback and testing, we are happy to announce that we have stats we are now comfortable pushing to live. Here are the numbers that will be in the game with our March 4th patch:

After testing the 2017 stats with the help of the community, we found there were some tweaks that needed to be made to ensure that all shotguns were balanced in line with other weapon changes that have been made in the past year. These stats represent a number of iterations from the initial 2017 baseline, and we think they are in a better place than what we have currently. Please note that, while we are pushing these numbers to live, they are not set in stone. A few tweaks will probably be needed in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out of any changes need to be made, and be sure to let us know in the forums.

Boom, Baby

Now that we’ve covered the changes to live, we want to give you a little preview of a new legendary shotgun that will be appearing in Joker Mystery Box 23: The RHD LS1 "Corsair"


RHD LS1 "Corsair"

This Slug Shotgun from RedHill Homeland Defense was "inspired" by STABBA's NL9 series. Capable of firing powerful slug rounds, users of the Corsair will benefit from precision and power at the cost of your typical 8 round capacity and conventional shotgun spread.

If big risk and big reward is your jam, be sure to keep your eye on ARMAS for this big baby. It will be here March 11th!

Killer Value

We’ve been watching Joker Mystery Boxes closely, and one thing we’ve been wanting to do is increase the guarenteed value of the box. It should always feel good to crack one open. That is why we are happy to announce that opening Joker Mystery Box 23 will always grant 100 Joker Tickets on top of its normal prizes! We’ll be keeping an eye on this system and adjusting as necessary, but this is our first small step towards making sure Joker Mystery Boxes remain a compelling and exciting part of your APB gameplay.

 
 


Mercredi 5 février 2020  
 
Heart To Heart

Valentine Event 2020

They say cupid stalks the land with a bow and arrow and an eye for mischief. They say that anyone struck by cupid’s arrow falls madly in love with the next person they see, and that they’d do anything for this person’s affections. Well, we say that stomach butterflies are an invasive species, and that roofies are not okay. We’ve got a quarrel with cupid, and we raise him some hot lead to his quiver and bow. Whether you’re partnered up or forever alone, it’s time to show this bad baby what for and earn some sweet treats in the process.

Here’s how the 2020 Valentine event, running from February 2 through February 19, will go down:

Love lost (Valentine's 2020 daily activities)

First, while cupid doesn’t make things easy, we’ve got your back! You can get the goods through daily activities. Just complete three "Love Lost" events in a single day and you’ll earn rewards. The first time you do this you’ll get one set of rewards, the second time you get a new set of rewards, etc. Do this four times and you’ll earn all these:

    Day 1 = Title: “Shock;” Title: “Denial;” Title: “Together Forever;” 5 Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Day 2 = Title: “Anger;” Title: “Bargaining;” Title: “It’s Complicated;” 5 Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Day 3 = Title: “Guilt;” Title: “Depression;” Title: “Single;” 5 Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Day 4 = Title: “Acceptance;” Title: “Forever Alone;” Unlock: Valentine’s Quiver Backpack; 5 Valentine’s Gift Boxes

Not to mention, every time you finish a mission, you’ll have a chance to receive an additional pack of 2-5 Valentine's Gift Boxes!

Valentine week massacre

The second way you can progress is by racking up kills with the following primary weapons:

    STAR 556 'Love-Gun' - Gifted on login (please check your in-game mail after the Love Patch on 2/5)
    Colby M-1922 'Chopper' - Level 4 reward of the 'Valentine's Week Massacre' role
    Joker SR15 'Casanova' - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Obeya CR762 'Heartbreaker' - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Colby CSG-20 'Speed-Dater' - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    N-HVR 243 'Cupid's Arrow' - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    STAR 556 'Love-Gun' R&D III - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes
    Colby M-1922 'Big Chopper' - Available through ARMAS & Valentine’s Gift Boxes

Laying your love to rest will advance your “Valentine’s Week Massacre” role and grant you:

    50 Kills = Death Theme: Romance
    150 Kills = Clothing: Love Heart Glasses
    300 Kills = Death Theme: Pizza Guy
    500 Kills = Colby M-1922 'Chopper' (10-Day Lease); Clothing: Pink Police Hat; Unlock: STAR 556 'Love-Gun'
    750 Kills = Title: “Casanova;” Valentine's Weapon Skin

Snubbed love

Finally, the third way you can progress is by racking up kills with the Colby SNR 850 'Cherub' secondary weapon (Gifted on login. Please check your in-game mail after the Love Patch on 2/5).

The "Snubby Love" role will grant you:

    25 Kills = Unlock: Ophelia - Blond Decal
    75 Kills = Enforcers: Prentiss Tigers "Violet Valentine" Symbol; Criminals: Bloodroses "Rose-Heart" Symbol
    150 Kills = Unlock: Ophelia - Redhead Decal
    250 Kills = Unlock: Colby SNR 850 'Cherub'
    375 Kills = Title: “Cherub Chaser”

Community manager manhunt

Speaking of slaughter, our team has been hard at work testing shotgun changes with the community. We recently changed our prototype districts to Asylum to gather your guys’ feedback. If you want to get down into the details, Selali has an explanation of our testing process you can look at, as well as his most recent thoughts on shotguns here.

As part of these shotgun testing efforts, our Community Manager Sakebee will be jumping on the EU servers starting at 7 AM UTC this coming Saturday (2/8/20) to get some games going in the Prototype district. If you've ever wanted to run circles around a staff member with a shotgun (for science), now's your chance! Sakebee will be running around the game for about an hour, split between Criminal and Enforcer. Be sure to stop on by and say hi!

Call for more GMS

We are looking to add more GMs to our volunteer program. If you think you have what it takes to be a helpful, impartial, and fair ambassador who can help maintain our standards for community behavior, now is your chance! As a GM, you will be engaging with the community in the game itself. If you’d like to get involved and learn more, please check out the official forum post.

Unreal 3.5 engine upgrade (APB 2.1)

We continue to make good progress on the Engine Upgrade. Over the past couple weeks we’ve identified critical bottlenecks to our build’s performance, tightened up our lighting, and turned our attention to console memory issues. For a week by week breakdown, please check out this thread on our forums. Our CEO continues to post updates on our Engine Upgrade progress every Saturday once development has completed all their tasks for the week. You can see how many issues have been identified and fixed so far, including some screenshots.

If you want to keep track of where we are, you can see our latest update here: https://forums.gamersfirst.com/topic/11333-tracking-the-engine-upgrade/?tab=comments#comment-165219

Decals in bundles

We’ve added decals to the following bundles:

    Triceratops
    Demoness
    Dark Prophecy: Death
    Dark Prophecy: Priestess
    Dark Prophecy: Tower

If you obtained one of these bundles previously, don’t worry! We will be back-granting them to everyone who obtained the appropriate bundle. Please note that this is a manual process, so it won’t happen immediately, but everyone will get what they should.

Valentine themed items in Armas

We’ll also be introducing some lovely items into ARMAS to help keep things hot and heavy on Valentine’s Day. Be on the lookout for the following bundles to get your groove on:

    Female only Bundle
    Includes the Leather and Lace Top
    Includes the Leather and Lace Leggings

    Male only Bundle
    Includes the Double Breasted Jacket
    Includes the Goth Pants

    Includes the Skyline Hockey Jersey (M/F)
    Includes the Skyline Crop Top (F)
    Includes the Skyline Baseball Jersey (F)
    Includes the Skyline Tied Tank Top (F)
    Includes the Skyline Studded Leather Jacket (M/F)
    Includes the Skyline Long Sleeved Fashion Top (M)
    Includes the Skyline Medium T (M)
    Includes the Skyline Short Sleeved Shirt (M)
    Includes the Skyline Decal
 
 


Mardi 4 février 2020  
 
[PC & Console] Love Patch Announcement 1.20.0 (1207)

Hello everyone,

A new patch is going up onto the Live servers for PC. This patch will be happening on Wednesday 2/5/2020. The Patch is scheduled to start at 9 AM UTC and will last up to 6 hours. Console will have its normal maintenance starting at 9 AM UTC as well.

Overview

    This patch adds the 2020 Valentine's event to the client. Take care of that cherub and earn rewards in the process! Full details on this event will be posted in the near future.
    This patch consolidates shotgun feedback from our rounds of A/B testing.

Changes/Fixes

    Added the 2020 Valentine's event
    Added Leather and Lace Bundle to ARMAS
    Added Renaissance Man Bundle to ARMAS
    Added Skyline Bundle to ARMAS
    Added Mayan Bundle to ARMAS
    Tweaked shotgun stats across the board

Sakebee

 
 


Lundi 27 janvier 2020  
 
[PC & Console] Shotgun Testing Patch Announcement 1.20.0 (1204)

Hello everyone,

A new patch is going up onto the Live servers for PC. This patch will be happening on Wednesday 1/29/2020. The Patch is scheduled to start at 9 AM UTC and will last up to 6 hours. Console will have its normal maintenance starting at 9 AM UTC as well.

Overview

    We’re ready to jump back in with a new round of Shotgun testing! This time the prototype test districts will be using the Asylum map to get the most from your playtesting. We are also moving the changes to the NTEC and its variants into the normal districts. Please take a look at our write-up of these tests so you can get the best background info for your own tests. 
    The jump modifier will be taking effect across all NTEC weapons and their variants. The Modifier Cap was 2.8 in the Prototype districts but will be going live at 2.4. We are currently not modifying the NTEC7-Compact or the NTEC-Scope at this time.

Changes/Fixes

    Fixed decals to be correctly granted when obtaining the Triceratops, Demoness, Tarot: Death, Tarot: Priestess, and Tarot: Tower preset clothing bundles.
    Removed the need for a specific rank for Prototype Districts.
    You can no longer get Heat 5 while in missions.
    Removed explosives from being able to be resupplied from large ammunition boxes.
    You can now access your inventory from large ammunition boxes.
    PSN -1 error is now fixed.

Sakebee

 
 


Lundi 20 janvier 2020  
 
Hitting The Road(Map)

APB in 2020

It’s the start of a brand-new year, so today we’d like to take a moment and talk about our goals for APB in 2020. One criticism we’ve heard from the community is that you’d like to see our engineers’ talents focused on things like our Engine Upgrade and gameplay improvements. We’ve been listening, and we are happy to announce that all our event builds from January through April are now locked and loaded. That means that, starting now, our engineers can devote their complete focus to bringing you the Engine Upgrade this year. As part of this journey, we will be looking at shotgun balance and a few quality of life changes along the way.

Shotgun balance

One of the first things we want to do is finish balancing shotguns and bring them back to a fun and healthy place. To do it, we need your help. Please organize with your friends and do some missions in the Prototype District. Your feedback will be critical for not only improving how shotguns play, but also for moving us forward to our next phase, which is to have a prototype version of Asylum up and running for you as soon as we’ve gotten some good data.

To get involved and leave your feedback, please visit our original forum thread here: https://forums.gamersfirst.com/topic/12671-call-for-shotgun-testing/

Quality of life changes

As part of this effort, we are looking to get a number of quality of life improvements into the game. The order and timing of these improvements is still dependant on a number of factors, so we don’t want to make specific predictions as to when these will occur, but we wanted to give you a sense of some of the things we have been working on. These include:

    Modifying the Bounty system to keep you from getting "Heat 5" in missions
    Removing the Rank restriction on Prototype districts
    Balance passes on cars and mods plus continued balance on various weapons

Unreal 3.5 engine upgrade (APB 2.1)

Of course, all of the changes listed above are secondary to our efforts to finish the Engine Upgrade. If you haven’t seen it already, our CEO continues to post weekly updates on our Engine Upgrade progress to our forums. He tries to do this every Saturday once development has completed all their tasks for the week. You can see how many issues have been identified and fixed so far, including some screenshots.

If you want to keep track of where we are, you can visit our forums here: https://forums.gamersfirst.com/topic/11333-tracking-the-engine-upgrade

Introducing our new community manager

We also have a new community manager for 2020. Sakebee will be taking over from Lixil as the point person for your community needs. For more details (or if you just want to say hi), stop by the forums and read their full introduction: https://forums.gamersfirst.com/ https://forums.gamersfirst.com/topic/12641-community-manager-introduction/

 
 


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