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Lundi 22 juin 2020  
 
[PC & Console] Legendary Beta Patch Announcement 1.20.0 (1251)

Hello everyone,

A new patch is going up onto the Live servers for PC. This patch will be happening on Wednesday 6/24/2020. 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

You’ve already read about our 10th anniversary celebration. Now we want to make the last two very big announcements that will coincide with that event. To start, we are fundamentally changing our monetization model by removing JMBs and allowing you to rent and obtain Legendaries with in-game Joker Tickets. Alongside these changes, we are going to start the public Open Beta for the new engine on Saturday, June 6/27.

Changes / Fixes

    Updated the new Joker Store contact, Anne Partridge.
    Added the new Legendary Rental system.
    Updated localization to make JT store purchase options more apparent
    Removed JMBs from ARMAS
    Added Joker Ticket bundles to ARMAS
 
 


Lundi 22 juin 2020  
 
Legendary Beta

You've already read about our 10th anniversary celebration. Now, we want to make the last two very big announcements that will coincide with that event. To start, we are fundamentally changing our monetization model by removing JMBs and allowing you to rent and obtain Legendaries with in-game Joker Tickets. Alongside these changes, we are going to start the public Open Beta for the new engine on Saturday, June 6/27. Be sure to read to the end of this post to catch it all!

On 6/10, Joker Gunworks started renovating gun rentals, but there's one legendary surprise they saved for last!

After our last update, you may have spotted Anne Partridge lurking around the Joker Store. She's been on the run from RedHill and keeping things quiet, but now she's ready to don her uniform and trade her hacking skills in for Joker Gunworks' protection.

Starting June 24, when you go into the Joker Store, Anne will be your official liaison for all those black-market deals Joker would prefer to keep off the books. She's been hacking shipments to secure more of the prototype parts and weapons they use to supply Legendaries to the public, so now she can make them available for valued Joker Gunworks customers to rent all the time.

Let's take a look!

There are a few things to note about this new menu. First, you can now rent Legendaries with Joker Tickets directly from the in-game Joker Store instead of going through ARMAS. Paying the rental price will unlock the Legendary for 7 days, which means you can try them out and see what matches your playstyle the best.

Anne likes repeat business and she likes to tease her customers. Occasionally, she'll make a "mistake" and not log that you rented the gun. Then you get to keep it for good. This means that, each time you rent from her, you have a 5% chance to permanently unlock that same Legendary for good. Once it's yours, that character can keep it, trade it, or sell it - whatever you want!

But what happens if you don't get lucky?

Don't worry, Anne has you covered! If you test a Legendary enough times, she'll give you the gun anyway as thanks for all the valuable field data you've collected. Here's how it works:

You may have noticed those green bars in the first menu we showed you. With Joker Gunworks' rental loyalty program, each rental where you don't get a permanent drop will fill that green bar slightly. Once a bar is completely full (around 20 rentals without a permanent unlock), your next rental is a guaranteed permanent drop! Whenever you get a permanent version, the bar is reset. For the first time ever, players can save up Joker Tickets to play with Legendaries!

As part of this change, we are finally retiring the Joker Mystery Boxes from ARMAS. We are moving away from loot boxes that never guarantee anything and often result in junk rewards you didn't want. Starting June 24th, if you want to speed things up, you can directly purchase bundles of Joker Tickets from ARMAS at a rate of 100G1C for 500JT.

As a thank you for your support, you get a bonus 1% chance at a permanent Legendary gun from the entire pool for each 500 Joker Tickets that you purchase this way. The advantage of this system is that we get to keep the jackpot moments that you guys love with absolutely no downside. You will always get the exact value for your money, and if you don't get the bonus, you can still use those Joker Tickets you purchased to get the exact Legendary that you want.

We hope that this new system will empower both new and old players to progress the way they want in APB. Whether you build up Joker Tickets through play or support us directly through purchases, all our guns now have a path for you to rent, try, and eventually own.

We are finally ready to open the Beta client to you all!

Our first Open Beta will run from 11am-2pm Pacific on Saturday, June 27th. It will have two districts available for you to use - Social and Asylum. To join, you will need to download the Beta client here and log in using your existing APB account. Please note that we will continue to update the client as we gear up for this test. If you have a limited connection, you may want to hold off downloading the client until Friday.

The first time you enter, we will copy over your characters from Live so you can try out the build for yourself.

Here are some things to remember when playing the Open Beta:

    When selecting a district, the client will automatically connect you to the region with the best ping for you. If you want to change your region manually, you can do so by going to the "advanced tab." Players from Jericho and Citadel can mix and match on any server they want.
    The numbers you use for mouse sensitivity and handling in the Live client will not be the same as what you need to use in the Beta. Because numbers scale differently in the new client, we can't give you a 1:1 conversion for your settings. Please experiment and find what numbers feel best for you.
    Finally, please remember that this is a Beta! Things will break. In fact, we hope you guys will help us stress the heck out of this build. Every issue you find and report brings us one step closer to the Full release, so please be sure to get us all your feedback on the forums. Below are some instructions on where and how to do that in a constructive manner.

Leaving feedback

Once you've had a chance to try things out, we'd love to hear from you.

We've made a dedicated section on the forums where you can go to let us know what you think, check out our known issues, and leave any bugs you might find. You can check that out here. Please be sure to leave your feedback in this new section and not in the forum's Social District section. There's a lot of stuff to unpack with the Beta, and we want to make sure we hear from every one of you. Posting in the right place will ensure your voice is heard.

A quick peek

If you didn't get a chance to watch the public stream in April, here are some screenshots from the current Beta build to help tide you over until the 27th.



In just one short week, that can be you!

This beta test is just one stop on our road to a Full Release, but it is an important one. Thank you for your patience on this journey, and we hope you will join us for this latest milestone

 
 


Lundi 15 juin 2020  
 
APB 10th Anniversary

This June marks the 10th anniversary of APB. For those of you who are new and for those of you who have stuck with us for the full 10 years, thank you so much for being here and enjoying our game. It hasn't always been a smooth road, but we are in this together and we are incredibly excited for what's on the horizon. Internally, we have been working on improving player experience by making the Joker Store a more powerful and accessible way to experiment with the vast range of unique gunplay we have here at APB, and while we move as fast as we can on the engine upgrade, in the meantime we have been making a concentrated effort to connect with our players.

We have a public contest open now where you can design one of our upcoming contacts for the Joker Store renovation, and our CEO, Matt Scott, has been jumping in to the forums to speak directly with you all. For example, if you missed it, we recently completed an AMA on r/APB, where we shared some of the nitty-gritty behind our vision for the game. So, with all this in mind, we wanted to celebrate how far we've come and the exciting places we plan to go with APB.

The party starts on June 24th and will run until July 8th. Everyone who logs in during this time will be granted a set of our 10th anniversary clothing.

If you'd like to make your own, we will also be making the special decals and symbols used to make these items available in the newly renovated Joker Store!

10th Anniversary Gun Games

In celebration of our anniversary and the ongoing renovations to the Joker Store, the Joker Corporation has pulled out all the stops. They've rented out the entire Beacon district as part of the festivities and are sponsoring a special suite of gun games they are calling...

From June 24th until July 8th, you can play non-stop gun games in the Beacon district. That's right, we have a special district just for gun games, complete with festive decorations and an automatic rotation that will fire whenever there are at least 10 people available to play! Since these gun games are on demand, they will have a slightly smaller payout than we have done in the past (30, 40, and 50 JT depending on your performance) and there will be a special 500 JT daily cap for rewards earned in this district. This means that everyone will have a chance to farm up some tickets for the exciting Joker Store renovations we have coming our way.

As for the gun games themselves, you will see some of the classics as well as a new gun game mode made specially for this event! What makes this gun game so special? Well to start, there are some unique guns made exclusively for this gun game which will be making an appearance. They do some truly crazy things, but to find out what you will just have to join and find out! Using these weapons to play in the special gun game will also unlock one-of-a-kind titles, like Dev Gun Fodder, Weapon Tester?, and Guinea Pig.

See you all there!

Dev stream with Matt Scott

As part of the festivities, we will also be having a Dev Stream with Matt on 6/24 at 11am Pacific | 8pm CEST. Come join us on the Little Orbit twitch channel as Matt showcases some of the Joker Store renovations still to come before jumping into the Beacon Bash for some gun game fun! Matt will also be announcing the winners of our Joker Employee Design Challenge live on stream, so if you've made a submission, you'll want to catch the show. Whether you want to play against Matt or simply chill in the stream and ask some questions, make sure to save the date!

 
 


Lundi 8 juin 2020  
 
Joker Store Renovations

You may have seen Redhill sponsoring Joker Ticket events over the past few months. Well, now Joker Corp is flush with cash and ready to expand! They are hiring more employees and getting ready for some major moves in San Paro... and they want everyone to know about it. Renovations are scheduled to start on 6/10 and complete on 6/24, so save the date and be on the look-out for special surprises and some in-game festivities in late June.

But that's not all! Renovations start this week and the Joker Store is about to get 'Wilde', so let's run down what's coming in-game on 6/10:

The first thing you will notice is the green "Trial Available" line under each gun. Every gun now has a once-per-character trial that lets everyone try it out for free! The next thing you will notice is the line under Price saying "At least..." followed by some number of Joker Tickets. This indicates that each gun in this menu is no longer a single entry within the store. If you select one of these guns, you will be taken to a new menu that displays all the different ways you can acquire the gun.

Using the Hoplite as an example, you can see that it still has its free trial available. If you wanted to, you could select this trial and try out the gun for 6 hours to help decide if you enjoy how it plays. If you do, you can come back and grab the gun 3 different ways. You can unlock it temporarily, either a week or a month at a time, or you can unlock the gun permanently so you will always have access.

Most importantly, you no longer need to keep new Joker Store guns in your inventory! Now you can always repurchase a permanently unlocked gun for APB$. You can see here that the Coroner's purchase price is no longer listed in Joker Tickets. Once permanently unlocked, it can be purchased as many times as you want for APB$ equal to the Joker Ticket purchase price!

IMPORTANT: This will only initially apply to items purchased from the Joker Store on the 10th and beyond. We are still working on adding this functionality to past purchases, but that is not yet available at this time. The renovations are ongoing!

Joker Corp is just getting started, so be sure to keep an eye out as they continue to shake things up in San Paro.

 
 


Lundi 8 juin 2020  
 
[PC & Console] Joker Renovation Patch Announcement 1.20.0 (1245)

Hello everyone,

A new patch is going up onto the Live servers for PC. This patch will be happening on Wednesday 6/10/2020. 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 latest patch marks the beginning of some exciting Joker Store renovations aimed at creating a smoother, new-player friendly experience. You can read full details on those changes here, but a few of the advantages include better Joker Store UI, better inventory management, and improved access to weapon trials.

Changes/Fixes

    Changed anti-cheat from EAC to Battleye
    Renovations on the Joker Store begin!
    Updated Joker Store UI
    Character Gun Trials added
 
 


Lundi 1 juin 2020  
 
Anti-cheat update

Hi all,

We're going to be making a change to the anti-cheat soon, and I want to walk the community through it instead of brushing it under the rug.

I'll start with why we are no longer sticking with Easy Anti-Cheat.

When we negotiated the deal with Kamu (Epic Games), the service was supposed to be client and server side. The critical reason for moving was their management tools and the server side piece which we didn't get with BattlEye. However, we also agreed to pay more to get that. The client side integration was fairly smooth, but the server side integration hit immediate snags. We spent months trying different configurations with the networks to get them talking properly, and when that didn't work, both sides dedicated programming support to fix the issues. When it still didn't work, we started exploring other ways to possibly fix it, but Kamu said based on our concurrency we wouldn't like get good results anyway. More recently I was finally contacted by their head of development with the news that they could no longer justify the resources to finish the server side integration. So then we attempted to work out a reduction in pricing. But we couldn't come to a compromise, so we have mutually decided to end the agreement.

Clearly, we will need to keep evaluating server side solutions or build our own, because I have yet to see one that works well enough.

During my discussions with various providers, I also went back to BattlEye. Their solution has had some nice improvements since we left, so we're going to give that a try again.

Next I want to talk about the current cheating issues in APB.

While we do have some private cheats for EAC floating around, I will say that is still in the low single digit percentages for our entire population. However, we do have a problem right now with scripted triggerbots and aimbots. These are an entirely different category of cheat, because they are typically built with the hot key/mouse scripting systems. They are easy to spot, but they are easy to false positive. There are many legitimate uses for scripting systems, and players don't often realize they are enabled by default when they enter the game.

With all of that in mind, once we switch to BattlEye we are going to start taking measures against the systems that these cheats are written in. This may be a little bumpy, and I guarantee some players will not read the forums and find themselves very frustrated. But I am taking this step to let all of you to know in advance, that you need to disable your macros and hot key / mouse scripting systems.

Anti-cheat will always a work in progress.

We will continue to iterate on this.

We need a level playing field for players to have fun.

Thanks,

Matt

 
 

 

 

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