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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Beta Updates; Version 1.5 Updates; Updates all Around!

Ok, last week was INTENSE to say the least. Crazy INSANE in fact.

Also the level of anxiety among our posters seem to reflect the same kind of intensity that we have inside the team. And yes - we are a pretty small team making giant changes, so bear with us.

The Studio Team spent insane crunch hours getting version 1.5.0 up to snuff and in particular battling a couple of really nasty and hard to isolate crash-bugs which eventually were vanquished, while the Operations Team worked it's tail off to make sure that the EU servers were all running as designed. As of Friday, things had finally started to get sorted out.

So, this coming week, we have BIG plans. Unless something last minute comes up with version 1.5.0, we are ready (any day now) to release it to production. Once we release the build - it also means WE WILL WIPE OUT all existing characters and progression, since the new upgrades, progression systems etc, are not compatible with the old way of doing things.

As soon as this build is live, THEN we plan to invite EVERYONE else who applied for Closed Beta (!).

I can hear the questions already so I will try to answer them ahead of time;

Q- what day will you release version 1.5?
A - when it's ready.

Q - when will it be ready?
A - we really truly hope it will happen this week! But as with anything in game development, there could be unforseen snags along the way.

Q - if I am NOT already a Closed Beta tester, but have been sitting on my hands patiently waiting to get back in to San Paro, is there any chance you will invite me before 1.5 goes out?
A - No. But if you DID complete a Beta Application in February, then you are first in line to get in while the game is still in Closed Beta and as soon as 1.5 is out. (see note below). That means this COULD happen this week.

Q - are you SURE you will not invite me before you release 1.5, especially if 1.5 gets delayed?
A - yup - we are NOT planning to invite more people to 1.4.x. Could it happen? Only if there is something terribly wrong and we revert back to an earlier version or there is some massive delay with 1.5 - but barring that - there will be no new invites until 1.5 is live.

Q - why will you not invite me before 1.5?
A - because we have ALREADY tortured and abused 25,000 people (or more exactly the 20,399 people who properly activated their closed beta characters) and now we REALLY want people to experience (and TEST) version 1.5 more than anything else, since that version is so different (and improved) from 1.4.x versions. So no point in having more people in 1.4.x, when we REALLY need you in 1.5. The priority is to get everyone else who completed the beta app in to 1.5 while it's in Closed Beta, and after that, open up the Open Beta and invite the full original 150,000 who registered an interest, and after that slowly open this up to the world.

Q - will version 1.5 be Open Beta?
A - sort of. The very first release of 1.5 will in fact now happen in Closed Beta mode. That means people cannot actually buy things on the first day this goes live. There will also be some other oddities with the first version of this build, but we will share those in the official release notes.

Q - will there be another character wipe after 1.5 has gone out? 
A - maybe. There will be a wipe WITH the release of 1.5. But even after 1.5 has BEEN out, this is a really tricky question, since we presume we haven't done anything mental. However, in case we have done something mental, keep in mind that this is STILL Closed Beta. And as such, any Closed Beta character and account could in theory be wiped at any time, and even multiple times (though we would hope NOT to ever have to do that). As soon as we officially go to Open Beta (and especially after we start taking payments), then we will clearly try to not wipe anything again (the operative word is "try" - since there are extreme cases where changes have to be made even after OB release).

Critical changes completed;
As he normally does, Scott (our Development Producer) will prepare the official release notes for 1.5, but in the meantime I will share the list of the most critical changes that are now finished (or lined up to be added as a first patch to 1.5)

Core changes already in version 1.5:

New Spawning System - unlike the old system where players often spawned in opponents faces or far away from the action, the new system actually works logically; you will respawn near your own team mates and generally away from where you last died. The actual code is quite complicated given the sheer number of strange conditions and team locations the system has to account for. But our development team created something really great. From our playtests the new system makes a lot of sense and actually make you feel part of the same team.

Witnessing - you know this REALLY is working well and is something quite special when one of our developers witnessed another developer during a playtest, and suddenly the entire development team descended into an absolutely insane chase through the city to grab the loot before the crim claimed the money. We lost a large chunk of development time to this unforeseen side effect of making a great system.

Modifiers (formerly "upgrades") - the new Modifiers simply behave completely differently than the original "upgrades" did back in the day. Now if you pick "Kevlar" you will surely become much harder to kill, but you will also run much slower. By the time you have 3x Kevlar implants, you will run like a tank (or like a grief truck). All the mods now also sit in color-coded ‘classes’, with only one mod per class being allowed at any time.

Individual pledging - Say goodbye to district chat containing “Looking for <Insert Contact Name Here> group” since in the new system players will be able to pledge individually when in any group, so you’re always progressing while on missions with your mates.

Camera changes - The camera now moves more naturally when the player is running/sprinting adding that little bit more dynamism to the game.

Reduced run-time memory usage - Implemented use of DXT Texture compression which reduced our run-time memory usage and significantly improved the graphical quality for users on 32-bit machines. Should be a welcome change for all non-64-bit users in the world.

Reduced client size - Reduced client disk space by several changes, much of the savings coming from audio re-compression. It looks like the final build will be just at 4.2GB through the launcher and under that for the DVD-style installer. This means we are now near 1/2 the original game size (original size was 7.8GB) without giving up much (if any) perceptible quality. In fact, the game looks visually much nicer now than it did during the original release.

Critical changes NOT YET completed - but scheduled as a very early patch to 1.5:

Skill Ratings - ie - the brand new threat level system based on a true skill rating algorithm, that in turn will integrate with the matchmaking system, and how that eventually figures in to district segmentation. The skill rating implementation is probably the most critical pending change, and the one we hope to roll out as soon as possible after the first release of 1.5, to finally settle the "why do I get slaughtered all the time" issue.

District Skill Segmentation - to make the game more MMO-like, we will actually let people that have "progressed" in the game go play in their more sophisticated districts (and any upstart who WANTS to go join them can certainly do so at their own risk). This should let people who are casual players play in a world that's just slightly different than players who are more serious competitors. Obviously we will be sharing much more info about this particular feature as we get closer to releasing this.

So stay tuned. Much stuff going on this week, and if you continue following the blog, facebook and the forums, then we surely will have a lot of fun things to share with you this week.

Cheers,

219 comments:

  1. Individual pledging and skill rating are the two most wonderful things ever!
    I can't wait this version to go live to CB testers!

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  2. Will modifiers in the new system be permanent like they are in the current system, or will we be able to switch them out like weapons at an ammo vendor? I think it would be bad to drop $100k on a kevlar 3 upgrade only to delete it because you need the extra run speed in a particular mission situation.

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  3. woot individual pledging = awsome now i can always play with my friends :D
    and i would like to see the witness system in action i haven't played the original so i would love to see it :D

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  4. so next monday :P

    "As soon as this build is live, THEN we plan to invite EVERYONE else who applied for Closed Beta (!)."
    "But if you DID complete a Beta Application in February, then you are first in line to get in"

    so what now..means doesnt matter when u applied for beta u will definitly get invited or do not everyone who apllied on closed beta get invited Oo

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  5. (barring dev problems in the interum) Will our charecters get wiped at the end of Open Beta?.. or is the post 1.5 charecter I create going to be something I can honestly invest in and keep?

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  6. yey another month of waiting... and this "we will invite everyone"-thing... you will invite small groups every week or what ? since you said something like: "who applied first, will be the first"...

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  7. @landon + @TheShadow - Read the blog ffs both your questions have been answered.

    Im very much looking forward to this new version, especially the respawn and individual pledging both of which are full of WIN!

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  8. btw these are questions from some guy out of the forum.

    So i read the latest blog post and i'm really excited.

    However i noticed the posted missed a few vital bits of information.

    will version 1.5 be Open Beta?
    why will you not invite us before 1.5?
    what day will you release version 1.5?
    will there be another character wipe after 1.5 has gone out?
    Is there a chance non-testers will get to the play before 1.5?
    are you sure you will not invite us before you release 1.5?
    when will it be ready?

    Thanks


    so much for "i can hear the questions"

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  9. Premium- and Non-Premium Servers would be fair and awesome twice!
    So i could play fair against other Premium Players!
    Keep up the great work :)

    Kind regards, Myrothas

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  10. Glad to see a lot of your closed beta testers concerns are not being addressed.

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  11. great changes.but nothin about hacking protection wich is sad.there is freaking loads of cheaters in cbt already.can you imagine obt\release?Game failed before its launch.

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  13. East Coast Servers - No mention Seriously.
    Not even a "We are continuing to work on the East coast Servers" or anything?

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  14. EAST COAST play on EU, its same

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  15. isnt it possible to play on us server on east cost side?

    if u from eu and NOT from germany u also have to connect over some distance...so i think east cost have to connect to us servers??


    anyways how long time they will need between patch1.5 is live and invite all closed beta aplications :S

    these weekend i may have time to test closed beta a bit, hopefuly the promise will taken serious.

    So long time to wait

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  16. Is there any chance to hear answers? I want NORMAL gameplay with my radeon 4870x2, not glowing\invisible chars or odd videos through in-game videorecorder. When I'll be able to use my vcard on full power?

    And what about anticheat? I hope it'll be improved till 1,5.

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  17. Anticheat is a big laugh at this game - with ingame mechanics (i speak of ALT key), you can speedhack weapons... sorry but this is REALLY an CRITICAL bug.

    other points are still ok, but focus on cheaters and not only 80 guys of them. that was maybe one aviable hack, but for sure not ALL AVIABLE hacks for apbr.

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  18. Sooooo damn awesome!!! :D but what happend to EU and their accounts? :( , well if 1.5 gets online this week then u activate our accounts next next week? ugh , have waited to loong:(

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  19. Those are some awesome changelogs right there, TechMech and team! Keep it up! :)

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  20. @evil fux0r
    They said it in an earlier post that you'd be able to switch them in and out just like you change weapons and cars atm.

    So unless something came up that's how they'll have it, since it's not really upgrades anymore it's just customizing your char to how your playstyle is, which ofc differs if you're using an ALI G or an Oca :)

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  21. Wow, I cant wait for the Open Beta!
    The game keeps progressing really nicely and I really enjoy reading about the future features.
    Good luck and I hope everything goes out smoothly.

    -nubbuka

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  22. "Also the level of anxiety among our posters seem to reflect the same kind of intensity that we have inside the team."

    UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!

    also

    @Sascha learn to read, in the meantime, let me answer your questions using only information IN THE FU**ING POST!!!


    will version 1.5 be Open Beta?

    yes and no, part of it will be closed, and if it is running smooth, it will open into open beta

    why will you not invite us before 1.5?

    because the game is not ready,

    what day will you release version 1.5?

    when it is ready

    will there be another character wipe after 1.5 has gone out?

    possibly

    Is there a chance non-testers will get to the play before 1.5?

    if you mean people who did not sign up for beta? not at all, if you mean people who signed up and waiting, possibly under VERY complected conditions

    are you sure you will not invite us before you release 1.5?

    yes


    when will it be ready?

    learn to read and stop repaiting yourself, the anwser is under your "when it is ready" question

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  23. nut guy: i quoted these questions out of the apb forum, becauze bjorn said he can hear the questions already, but these questions where asked form 1person out of the forum and not out of the head from bjorn or the g1 team and also not from me....

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  24. Nice and about directx10 and high poly characters enabling for power pc players ?

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  25. Ok, can you please answer the question of how we are going to recover our characters under RTW's reign?

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  26. Really.... really.... really want my old characters back, something you explicitly said you wold let us get back.

    For now....i'm having difficulty seeing through all the smoke....

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  27. Hi I played in the original APB beta...

    Will it be easier to join the same instance as your friends (if each district is still "instanced")?

    I wasted a lot of time trying to get into the same instance as my mates. Sometimes it was impossible because the instances were always full.

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  28. still no word on the LTL weeapons and fixing them so that they are actually worth using.

    The only thing that made APBr not a bad COD clone was the two diffrent teams and eaches play styles, LTL is an important part of that.

    LTL weapons should stun, fire as fast, have the range and capacity of their letl counterparts.

    When is this getting fixed.. ie:L the pig going back to 2 shots and a decent range? at lesst than 10m (apb) you might as well have been using a billy club.

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  29. GamersFirst will get my money when they fix all the broken missions and exploits in this game. The new version sounds great... but no amount of awesome new changes are worth anything if people are still speed firing their non-automatic weapons with a glitch, ghosting for their team, or glitching into buildings.

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  30. @LeJohn. Stun weapons can be buffed the moment that criminals have an equal method to slow down enforcers. Fair is fair, right?

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  31. Love how 90% of all the comments are people complaining about not getting into the beta and not feedback on the changes at all, you'll get in, just be a little more patient.

    These changes look absolutely great, the witnessing sounds incredibly fun, also the individual pledging and negative effects to upgrades and classification of them will be a HUGE improvement to combat.

    Some overlooked things (not sure until official patch notes of course) is the East Coast servers and some unbalanced or undertuned weapons (for instance the supreme "jack of all trades" of the Obeya and it's ability to beat SMG's and HVR's at close and long range firefights respectively) curious if either of these issues are addressed in this patch.

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  32. The v1.5 update sounds great, cant wait to try it out. keep up the great work...

    P.S. we need some info on the US east coast server, connecting to the west coast or even EU servers is not the best idea for feedback, makes it hard for me to give correct feedback on game play.

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  33. District Skill Segmentation can do more harm than good, seeing that offpeak times might make the game unplayable..

    also its probably a better idea to make "no segmentation" districts were anyone can join instead of making casuals join a district full of hardcores when they want to group with their hardcore friend :(

    its probally better to temporaly nerf the hardcore than to make the casual fight hardcores

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  34. @Arthrix: I agree on the Obeya rifle, it's way to dominating at - well - everything. Other than that I think balance it pretty spot-on.

    LTL is very hard to use, but since crims have no counterpart, I'm fine with that (saying this as one who plays both Crim and Enf).

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  35. im tierd of all this inviting stuff...i wish the game would just be realsed into full open beta where we can make a account instead of waiting for invites..gets depressing guys and your losing your fan base slowly

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  36. @Judah

    no they are not, otherwise there would not be so much "i want in, let me in or i wont be a fan anymore" like what you are doing right now,

    it is not open beta yet because it is not ready for open beta,

    lets say apb is a cake

    how about i give you unbaked cake batter, it would be faster than baking it, but it will unfinished, but even though it would be faster and you would have your cake right then, but you would not like it because it is unfinished

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  37. @matt

    You must be a sad sad little man, and you couldn't be more wrong about EVERYTHING. So for that I give you props.

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  38. O and cant wait for tomorrow =)

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  39. @matt

    wow.. stfu kthxbi

    Personally this answered my questions. Thanks APB team.. doing great... much better than RTW.

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  40. You know what could be awesome?
    PETS! I would LOVE to get a dog in APB :D :D

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  41. Sooo..what about old APB (realtime worlds) characters? when they will be restored? and what are you planning to give us from our characters? will it be fully customized character?

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  42. @matt

    Wow - normally I don't delete posts even when they are basically just pointless vitriol. But when I saw that the spam filters had already trapped your other crazier posts, I figured I should remove your only public rant, but then I am polite - and will restate your question here in plain English.

    "Why have you not yet launched Open Beta? Are you guys just lying to us about ever launching it? And take your head out of your asses while you are at it!" (this is a very polite version of the post).

    Well - thanks Matt for your considered comments. We have been working on version 1.5 (originally designated "Open Beta 1") for 2 months now, and we are equally delighted to be just days away from releasing it.

    Why does it take so long you say? Well - it's an enormous amount of code. The change log for Closed Beta was 9 pages long. The change log for Open Beta might be of similar length. All this on a code base that's millions of lines of code. I myself am astounded and the amazing amount of production we have from the development team. I could not be prouder of them. So sure - we are a few weeks behind where we had hoped to be at this point, but that is the nature of game development.

    I hope that you take the considered responses above and rejoice with us when it all goes live shortly.

    Cheers,

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  43. Bjorn, keep up the AWESOME work.

    Longing for it - But take your time!

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  44. @dreamss I'm sure there will be (a) district(s) where players can join regardless of rank or skill. We see "Free" lobbies in a great many Online Shooters, so if your casual self wants to get your game on with your hardcore pal, that'd be the place to be.

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  45. I am really sad as I saw this newest beta (AFTER) the beta keys on April 1st. I was like two days too late. :( Have fun playing when you all do get to play.

    And hopefully one day I will finally be able to join you in APB<3

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  46. Umm, you should WIPE the characters in CLOSED BETA.

    Name steals from old RTW paying players and RTW beta testers are ridiculous since those two fields HAVEN'T GOT INTO BETA YET.

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  47. Great.. Keep up the good work. Cant wait to get my shooting on.

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  48. @ Bjorn / TechMech

    I tried to pm you but couldn't find your info.

    I wanted to personally thank you and the reloaded team for being so transparent and forthcoming with the game development. You guys have kept us informed since you took over/were rehired and its very appreciated. Your communication has been a breath of fresh air in the MMO/gaming world andI hope other dev teams take note.

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  49. whats up?the game and forums are offline for like 4 hours already..

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  50. I was thinking the same thing. I was just about to reinstall my game thinking by accident I deleted something. Now I know Thanks

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  51. 1.5 is going to be awesome!!! 8D
    To the G1 team, thank you so much for adressing the game's problems so well; all of the complications of APB's gameplay seem to have been worked out into a much more cooperative, fun game. :)
    My only concern now is how much the changes to graphics will help my 32-bit system run APB smoothly... Here's hoping for the best! xD

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  52. This blog should have been posted earlier last week! Either way great news and I can't wait for the update.

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  54. I seriously hope you guys don't keep this as an action shooter...You guys are gonna balancing weapons until the end of time if you do...The single hitbox thing just doesn't work in 3D...Totally works in Metal Slug (2d) which was an awesome classic and even that game had melee action! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAjpHXxR_9o

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  55. Oh yeah, would be awesome if crims could pour gasoline on stunned cops before lighting them on fire...If they can send us to jail, we should be able to send them to hell!

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  56. I am CB tester...Graphics are good on car but on charachter are so bad...:O...Why?

    Sorry for bad english

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  57. lets face it...us europeans will not play this week ON OUR OWN SERVERS!god damn it gamersfirst..i had hopes for you but so far its only been delays, excuses and not fulfilling promises....you better deliver with the game BIG TIME!

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  58. karla, do you really want to access to the EU servers right now? So you can play for a day or two then have that character deleted for the next patch......

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  59. Karla...fuck off and dont come back kthanxbye

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  60. The servers are empty, you went and banned all your players GM's. If you didn't ban them, they left voluntarily. I noticed the forums are also rather quiet.

    You have biased GM's, you should relly on signature detection...Humans are biased and fallible, they can't do the job.

    All my friends have moved on, a few from early APB RTW days said this one sucked...Nothing has changed, 10x more cheaters, nothing to see here.

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  61. So just get lost and let us play without trolls like you....go play call of duty or whatever you play

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  62. I'm just making a statement, is that okay with you? I appreciate the game, it's free. You don't need to defend G1, it's a corporation and I'm an individual. I know your a total G1 dedicated fanboy and I get it - really. Let me express my opinion.

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  63. You tell him to not defend G1 but you make an account for the sole purpose to offend G1, lol.

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  64. That's not true. Is Gamers Last an offensive phrase, or just two fuckin' words?

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  65. Anyone getting error code 8 while logging in ?

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  66. @Gld: Yeah, everybody. Its because the Servers are down...

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  67. Just FYI - there is a maintenance today (which was announced in both the games and the forums) as we are reconfiguring all the hardware to accommodate 1.5.

    At the moment it looks like we LIKELY will go live with 1.5 in our maintenance window on Thursday.

    Also - I am a little confused by some comments:

    @karla - you may not know this yet - but the European servers are already live. We have been having people play on them for the past week.

    @GamersLast (nice name btw) - well yes - we have recently been banning people caught cheating quite aggressively, except for the ones we have left in to gather more data from. On an unrelated note, we have also removed a few Moderators who for various reasons were not welcome to continue being moderators.

    Finally, we expect the new release to result in a large amount of traffic and therefore the activity to increase on the forums and elsewhere (and surely some strong-minded debates).

    So, if things progress today and tomorrow as expected, then we will keep you updated. And yes - I very much appreciate the positive comments we are getting about the amount of communication we are doing. That's awesome support from you guys.

    However, it does still stun me that no matter how much we communicate, there are still a few people out there who as their first comment say things like "you never talk to us you fools." Really? Maybe I just need to personally call you up and have a chat? Maybe we will make that the award for the best player (a call with the Dev team?)

    Cheers,

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  68. <- Another much appreciated positive comment you get for the amount of communication you are doing ;)

    Thx!

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  69. @Gamers Last

    opinion? your name say troll, for real man, if all you want to do is bash something, then i see a wall behind you go keep yourself busy.

    and i was on the other day and server was not empty.

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  70. Hello, wanted to ask i completed the appl form for CB yesterday. Will i have the chance to play 1.5 CB ?

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  71. Dont think im stupid, but I have 1 question. It would be like : Where should I put images with some bugs in APB which looks...hmm bad ? In forums ? Here ? Answer , please .

    Sorry for bad english
    P.S
    Bjorn, is there any chances to change graphic settings for 32bit windows owners ? Because the graphics for 32bit windows or 2gb ram (mine 4gb) looks bad or pretty awful . Would be great if You could somehow change it . :)
    Thanks for reading.

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  72. thanks for the update bjorn hopefully nothing goes wrong and we can play some 1.5 on thursday!

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  73. You need to keep Twitter updated on these little comments that get lost, and unseen, Bjorn. It's easy.

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  74. im just learning about this game glad i didnt buy it when it first came out. Would like some further info on this company is it a small company comprised of buds and pals or something corporate like blizzard ent.?It is more and more likely that these big corporate offices are drownign the little guys. I hope to see this game live for all soon i for one will be playing (gleefully waiting).I am just hoping that this company can do a better job with a game that has so much promise behind it.Ball park idea of when it goes live for all would be excellent!

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  75. bohamad, Gamers First is a large company containing free-to-play multiplayer online games. http://www.gamersfirst.com/

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  76. Bjorn have you think like release Apb Reloaded for Mac´s it should be really cool

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  77. Hi Bjorn,

    I appreciate your reply, however the mod I am speaking of is still active.

    I would agree that G1 has been very communicative with the development process and if you feel that they haven't, I dare you to find another game in Beta and find the same results.

    However many weeks behind you guys are, I'm looking forward to Open Beta. After open beta, can we expect to have our stats cleared for official release?

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  78. To all the people complaining about Hurry this, you better that. Get the FFFF over yourselves. No one on the dev team owes you anything. G1 is not RTW. They don't owe you a penny so what you bought a game from RTW and EA the game failed because they gave you (as someone earlier stated) an uncooked cake. G1 is not gonna get in a hurry for you and if they did all they are gonna do is screw up just like RTW did when EA started pushing them for an early release. Which is why this game failed in the first place.

    So far G1 is 2 maybe 3 weeks behind the original projection. Be thankful and stop bitching.

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  79. Sorry for double post. But bjorn if you want to Call someone up to chat. I will give you my phone number.... Always good have an intelligent conversation at least once a day. It keeps the neurons in the brain firing at peak speeds.

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  80. I just want to balance the moaners by saying your doing a great job, love the inside insight to how its all going and I cant wait to get onto 1.5 with my g/f and paint us up a love-wagon of doom then hang out of it with Ntecs :)

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  81. yes bjorn i am aware that the EU servers are online ...but how many europeans are actually on those servers? i really hope the game launches this week but really at first it was something like this
    "when you got the key you only have to wait for your regions version to come live"
    then there was the customs problem (which was NOT your fault)
    and then the so many "info in next 1 or 2 days" but in reality the news came like 5-6 days later

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  82. @karla they also said inb4 that if the EU servers go live
    they'd invite more players
    then the servers went live and now? they say they wait for 1.5.

    I can understand you guys want for us the better "expirience" of the game.
    but we want to test it for you and you let us wait more and more :/

    not to say you ain't doing a good job.

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  83. SWE:Det är dock sant, Folk knäller förjakla mycket om att Admins / dev's inte communicerar även om dom gör det, men det är gö bara skita i dom snorungarna o bry sig om core spelare som oss ^^
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    ENG:that is indded true, People whine freaking much about admins / dev's not communicating with people even if they do, but its just ignore them kids and focus on the core players like us,
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    Yes i'm aware of you'll being a old viking like many of us bjorn ;)

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  84. "much of the savings coming from audio re-compression"

    Tell me something about music, how you re-compress it??? I have very good headset and don't want hear crap audio like mp3 128kbps....Hope this is loseless compression like FLAC, but anyway, ill copy original audio file, maybe it will works later.

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  85. @Jany

    i too love great sounding audio, but Flac is a Large audio file for just 1 song 40+ megs on the norm. that may impact the games performance to load and play a large file like Flac.

    but i guess if the PC has the horsepower to process the audio and the game, it would be awesome to have great sounding music playing.

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  86. @TechMech

    Don't paye attention to the realy few noisy ones who will keep complain. No matter what, they'll keep complain.
    The majority don't get noisy and enjoye the way you are handling the rebirth of APB : ironning the past major issues such upgrades stacking, uneffective matchmaking, grief trucks and more.
    It takes time. We know that.

    Still. You said that client performances has been improved. Words about run-time memory and so. That's great.
    But i have a question about one major performance issues back in the 1st release time : has the performance issue regarding ATI/AMD graffic cards Vs PhysX has been taken care of ?

    (for the records, end users were not able to turn PhysX off, causing dramatic performance issues for ATI/AMD GC users has PhysX isn't meant to be runned on computers with ATI/AMD GC.)

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  87. I am really looking forward to texture optimization and a client shrink.

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  88. I am a 32-Bit user who has a powerful PC that can run this so could you take off the graphics restrictions for 32-Bit users please? Thanks.

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  89. graphic restrictions ? :O if i heard right then turn them off :O

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  90. "roblok26 said...

    I am a 32-Bit user who has a powerful PC that can run this so could you take off the graphics restrictions for 32-Bit users please? Thanks."

    If you have a powerful pc you wouldn't be running 32 bit.

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  91. What an Odd and ignorant think you just wrote Patrick...

    It happens. Anyway, yes, turn those forsaken restrictions off.

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  92. Patrick what you just said is basically the same as saying "If a man is old enough to smoke he will definitely be doing it."

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  93. Any chance of you guys ever implementing something like a Hotrod or Leadslead-esque vehicle to the game?

    I know alot of people would like the idea of cruising the streets of san paro in their own hotrod (and alot dont care or dont like it, but why should their votes count right?)

    if you need any help with coming up with good models/inspiration im willing to help for free (i work with hotrods and custom cars on a regular basis in real life)

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  94. I dont understand (rhetrorically speaking) why people moan about open beta taking too long and then live takeingeven longer, and when live goes out they will moan anout bugs and how little work the devs would have done.

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  95. by the way, please do something if not already in process about the Dolton Fresno weird handbreak skids...

    And please FIX THE DAMN INGAME BUG REPORT TOOL!

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  96. Hello , i m playin APBCB about a month or so.. game still needs a lot of work. Looking forward to see what will happen with 1.5 but all of you kids take it easy stop crying... G1 does good work! just let them do what they can do don't force anybody for Open Beta or Release that would be stupid to happen in this game the same thing as in RTW.
    ALL OF ya guys who are playin IN APBR DON'T FORGET WHATS THE REASON OF PLAYIN "REPORT BUGS" not complaining for them!!and here you can't report them you need to go to specific forum and its easy instead of writing bullshits in there just capture it on video and do an unleased upload!!!!!

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  97. "Bates said...
    Patrick what you just said is basically the same as saying "If a man is old enough to smoke he will definitely be doing it.""

    so if you have a really nice car like a lambo. Would you run that on diesel fuel. No you would run it on top quality high octane gas. So if you have a powerful pc why would u run it with a system that has restrictions performance wise.

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  98. How to get O-PGL 79R grenade launcher as criminal ? Or its enforcers only ?
    BTW I'm 32-bit OS user too with powerful PC and the graphics looks bad. Would be very good If you could fix it.

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  99. *Bioshock Atlas powers activate*Would you kindly remove the 32 bit restrictions.

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  100. @Bjorn :)

    Could you just give an update here Thurday on the status, just a quick one? :-)

    Cheers G1

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  101. I second what EzioDK said. Also, Thursday EMT or GMT?

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  102. @Out Of Reign

    Im quite sure that its about 9 am over there... soo.. i guess maybe when its 3 pm over there we will get an update of some sort ;)

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  103. wait im lost is the patch going live today or not? and if so what time will the servers go down and for how long?

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  104. You know making giving any exact dates isn't very usefull. If you give an release date, and then it gets pushed in the later year, all will be dissapointed. (I think Diablo 3 is an example).

    If they dont give any exact dates, you keep waiting ^^ and noone gets dissapointed :D

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  105. im pretty sure that the game goes open beta within 1-2 weeks. I waited so long, i can now wait this few days also. Also i got holidays and it would be awesome if it gets released in the holidays XD

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  106. @Patrick W :
    "If you have a powerful pc you wouldn't be running 32 bit. "

    Lame comment.
    I run 32 bit Win7. I have Athlon 2 Quadcore 3.0GhZ
    Geforce 9600GT, 3GB ram..
    You say that's bad? It's not the best but I can play games with it.
    Why do I run win-32bit? Because I've seen 64-bit doesn't support a lot programs.
    :)

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  107. As long as you dont have >= 4 GB of RAM, you dont need 64bit ^^ Because you need 64bit to access the whole RAM when you have equal or above 4 GB. Well thats what i know. Pls correct if its wrong :=)

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  108. @Tobias totally agree with ya.
    I have 3GB RAM and I think it's enough!
    Besides what game uses more than 3GB??
    And yes in win-32bit 3GB RAM is max.

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  109. people here kill me with all the, i have waited so long for this game, LMAO, this isnt long at all.

    now just like "Tobias" was saying, i have been waiting to play Diablo 3 for YEARS, and its not the first time Ive waited that long for a game, so chill people it will be ready when its ready.

    all pushing for faster release ever gets you is a crappy game.

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  110. @DeadDuke yep, I got ya..
    ;) I lost my hope in G1 developers..
    I wasn't waiting at all but giving hope for nothing
    is really stupid. 2 or 3 times they said this week this and this week that. But we din't see anything^^
    (not whining) It's realy funny. I think I will just wait for open beta and laugh so hard!! All those kiddies will ruin the game again.. so

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  111. @Phosgene, recommended RAM for this game is actually 4GB.

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  112. @people running 32bit systems.

    I could be wrong, but in order to lift the restrictions don't you have to have DX10, which won't work on 32bit systems?

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  113. At the moment it looks like we LIKELY will go live with 1.5 in our maintenance window on Thursday.

    Its Thursday now :D

    Some News about patch status?

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  114. ye ... would be interested in a status update also...

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  115. Omg stop saying you have waited too long...i have been waiting for Duke Nukem Forever for 12 years...TAKE THAT...bitches

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  116. @myccraft

    So Tru, i hope he dont get the axe again. And Duke Nukem RULEZ

    see people stop all your bitchin & Cryin about how long it has taken so far, its just small potato's to some of the games that people have been waiting for YEARS.

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  117. Please provide us with an update.. even if its that you found some new issues with the current build and need to wait a day. just let us know.

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  118. yeah,srsly,for some ppl its Friday already,do we still have a chance to see the patch or we can go sleep?

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  119. @Lundiin :( LOL I dont give a shit! I dont really give a shit.. If i can kill em it is enough, isnt it?!!

    @myccraft LOL nice one:P 12 years, ah the new game.. I played the old game it really rox!

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  120. Iam feeling the same - We need an update now Bjorn.

    Its REALLY NESSECARY TO UPDATE US NAO! XD

    Please Bjorn, I need some sleep

    I've failed in 3 subjects just for this game - PLEASEEE

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  121. @Konra
    Ah bad boy. Go to your room and make your homework lol:P
    hehe no but seriously.. you really believe what they said.. Thursday we give a new update. SERIOUSELY? they lied somany times and you thiss believe em XD I think they meant next thursday :P

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  122. So a message appeared in-game saying that the patch will be rdy for updating in 15 mins.

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  123. There is no patch dude.....
    So plz don't post infos like that!

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  124. We are close to patching. We have some last minute visual issues we are trying to deal with, but might proceed regardless.

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  125. I would never joke about APB -.-

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  126. @Bjorn

    don't give in to the cry baby's, release the update when its ready.

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  127. Sorry Drakkenz the time in germany is diffrent >.<

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  128. I think people are looking for an answer like today? tomorrow? At least give us a guess? Obviously us followers aren't content with "its ready when its ready"

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  129. Thanks Bjorn! - Love the work u guys are doing..

    While we are waiting for Patch can we get the Patch Notes :D

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  130. Lol, nice attitude. they said THURSDAY.. they save the patch for the last minute to FRIDAY.. like I said they're going to let you wait as long as they want

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  131. Ok....so OBT is close and to all the whiners:Fall over and die would you kindly.

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  133. @Phosgene
    Thursday AMERICAN TIME. they still got hours to go.

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  134. Thanks for the update on facebook Bjorn! ;-) hopes are high that invites will be out soon...borowed my friends closed beta acc for... 12 hours or so xD IM SO EAAAAAAAGER!

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  135. @dum.i.huvet nope.. they are english lol.
    they have GMT greenwich time. i have GMT+1 and it is already 0;56 means it is there 23;56 they got few minutes left

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  136. @Phosgene

    THEY'RE AMERICAN DUMBASS

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  137. @Phosgene
    are you sure? it's an american based company afterall.

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  138. @Valkyria

    I think Phosgene has smoked something hes not suposed to smoke.. L.O.L.

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  139. just let them do there job, i want to see a great game not some rushed pile of crap.

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  140. indeed. my guess is that g1 still has...5-ish hours to go?

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  141. yes i agree with EzioDk ... smoking tea is very bad.. And I am not even mentioning strawberry tea :P

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  142. Wait, is something going on right now? Because my start up is attempting to download something. Then it sends me an error report.

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  143. Restart it! I'm downloading a 3.86GB update from the laucher!!!

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  144. Did we ever get word on those east coast servers?

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  145. As long as the HVR stays a two shot I am happy (if not then gives us a faster fire rate and 110m please)

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  146. I remember they nerfed the N-tec.. the next awesome wep was the "Obir"the burst sniper rifle.. if you had it 3 slot it was awesome :D

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  147. downloading 1.50 3.86gb update, looks like Open beta is a week or two out be patient unlucky ones!

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  148. comon Bjorn give us some updates

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  149. I've been downloading for the past... However long the movie Easy A is. -_- It's upsetting because I still have 90 min. left and my DL speed is usually a lot faster than the loader is allowing it to be. I'll update soon. It wasn't working correctly for me, so I'm updating via repair. Just sayin' in case that happens to anyone else. Well, peace mofo.

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  150. Patch Downloaded - Login Servers Down or Overloaded.

    also forums are down..with

    IPS Driver Error
    There appears to be an error with the database.

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  151. 10min to go, cant wait to see whats changed :)

    Also, forums are still there, they just are having trouble loading (thats why you get IPS error) keep refreshing and it will eventualy load.

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  152. wth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??
    Remaining time:
    270minutes :S

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  153. @Phosgene

    And this is exactly why this game needs to become more twitch by adding more hitboxes. Weapon bloom can only go so far...

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  154. 114minutes now:P
    they should add headshots!..
    now this game is only playable for noobs.., and if cheaters play means that G1 failed to protect the game from cheaters

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  155. Good Job, Bjorn! The Patching killed Gamers First.

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  156. @Phosgene

    are you even in the closed beta? If not then your comments hold no merit.

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  157. Exactly, because weapons with high accuracy will naturally own face if there's just a single hitbox. But if they were to add more hitboxes, they would actually have to put more effort into aiming...More hitboxes = more blance between weapons.

    Seriously, if they don't add more hitboxes, they're going to be balancing weapons until the end of time. And I'm not going to wait around for that.

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  158. @Richard
    please, not now..
    Don't act like a boss when you're in beta,
    I think you are too old for that shit

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  159. so i have the up date done when will the severs go live so i can play

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  160. some1 just broke the forums =\

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  161. When I try to log:
    Account Login Has Failed
    Please check your User ID & password (error code 10010)

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  162. @ Sean

    it means ur account is not yet activated for beta.

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  163. Also: I know I'm using the correct password, G1's website is currently "updagrading" as well.
    I was just in the other beta, they don't know people off for 1.5. Correct?

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  164. @ Max and Sean... probably means the dbase accessed to get your user id / pass is not back up yet.

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  165. Better question is; has anyone successfully logged into the game?

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  166. @ Genjimaru

    Probably not yet... When you see the forums pop back up, I imagine the game log in will be working again too.

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  167. the severs are down that's what (error code 8) means

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  168. Thanks Hektor. Anyone online yet?

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  169. @Phosgene

    Lol. crying that the game is for noobs makes you sound like a child, especialy since your not actualy playing.

    Please grow up.

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  170. I just got word, they're in the middle of deleting everything. APB: Reloaded will be handed off to gearbox before being sent through several nobody studios...ETA on the ACTUAL release date is 2059...

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  171. well this "weeks" patch sure is taking awile <.< hope the game is worth the wait <.<

    if so ill get my friends to play :D

    been looking for a good pvp game and all that exist atm suck

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  172. @Richard the game is for noobs who can't make headshots...so it stands.

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  173. @Sean Not only is no one online, GamersFirst is completely down.

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  174. @illin

    good troll post... now why not go get a life?

    the fact u need headshots proves ur the only noob here bro

    why give hackers another fun tool to win the game

    and no i do not blame G1 for hackers they are there and they will always be there... infact NO mmo has 0 hackers its a fact get over it

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  175. Well, now the servers will be "coming back online soon", says error 10007, so it seems progress is being made. :)

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  176. @Hasaosan so your only excuse for being defiant towards having more hitboxes is that hackers will be too good at the game?

    HAHAHA

    So yeah, that's why every twitch shooter out there has failed...because of hackers...wait, they didn't!

    You need to give more thought to your 'trolling'...lols

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  177. Btw, how many action shooters have failed? ALL OF THEM...APB is no exception.

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  178. @illin WoW is an action shooter that didn't fail.

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  179. Servers up soon boys. Get cocked and loaded to start a new life. In APB.

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  180. @illin

    no because hackers will get a tool that auto locks on to ur head not that hard to make

    and yea they have... ever tride combat arms??? i DARE u to find a room WITHOUT a hacker by just joining rooms.... 99% chance u gat hackers in it

    ur calling me a troll yet ur qqing over little bullshit thats not necessary

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  181. Any tips on faster download speeds?

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  182. Where are you seeing the message that the servers will be up soon? I'm still getting invalid login even though I was playing fine in the old beta...

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  183. @Richard
    ah comeon man.. go play TETRIs you childish kiddo.
    dude this is a TPS.. where you can;t make headshots lol!!!
    Aiming at the head is "So" Hard lol, O wait you can aim at the chest because the dammage is the same
    Awesome game, we'll see how long this game will be online.

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