Pages

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Next 35,000 invites going out - and the giant virtual currency leased weapon debate!

Ok - so - we have just enabled the next 35,000 people to enter the Beta.

You will be getting your notices in the next hour or so, but you are already permitted in to the game with your GamersFirst accounts. Have great fun in San Paro this weekend!

--------------------------------------------------------------------

The second item I want to address head on is the peculiar outcry over the leased-weapon expiration for weapons bought using virtual in-game money. So, I will be VERY frank about it. We have done this for two reasons (1) it actually LOWERS the amount of in-game cash (virtual in game money - which really equals TIME spent in the game) that you need to spend in order to try out every single weapon and find your favorite gun. In some cases it lower this "cost" (ie time spent) substantially before you get a chance to try the guns (as in the item now costing tens of thousands of in-game cash instead of MILLIONS as it was before), and (2), we are (and always planned) to use leased weapons (for real cash) and premium account access as a way to monetize the game - but not before you get a REALLY fair chance to TRY these weapons and features completely for FREE!

Also we are NOT saying there will not be permanent weapons in the game. There WILL be permanent weapons in the game. There will even be permanent weapons you can buy for REAL CASH too. Just NOT NOW while we are trying out game balance and watching player behaviors. And since the GAME IS FREE, we feel somewhat entitled to running various tests in Beta that we think will give us the required information before we come back with a new permanent weapon system both for in-game cash AND for real world cash. This will clearly let us design the best system to keep the game alive for the long term.

How much will permanent weapons cost when they DO get re-introduced, both in terms of in-game cash and real cash? Not sure yet. Again - the overarching goal here it to make it so that first time APB players can pick up the game and try almost all of it RISK FREE for NO MONEY. The second goal is to let people with large amounts of free time on their hands basically play the game long term FOR FREE by grinding (or potentially for some REALLY low nominal initial charge like $2 to get some base items that will give you a pile of items that will suffice to sustain you along with some grinding). The third goal is to let people who want LESS of a grindy experience buy a premium account (for something like $10-$15 a month) which REDUCES the amount of grinding substantially (but since they have TRIED everything FREE, you know what you are getting in to and will never be a "surprised" consumer), and the final goal is to let people who engage with the game long term (ie probably someone who ends up spending "retail-like" amounts of north of 50 USD / 40 EUR / 30 GBP or similar) have a really great long-term experience in the game, not too dissimilar from the experience you would have if you bought a retail product (but with far less risk since you have actually gotten to try EVERYTHING before you ever paid for ANYTHING). All this seems quite fair, given the enjoyment we hope you will have.

In the end, the GREAT news for everyone; if you install the game now, and don't like the game play (or the monetization system as it exist right now) - then simply DON'T BUY ANYTHING right now. That's ok (though our Dev Team won't really feel your loving support if you don't upgrade your account). However - it's perfectly ok if you are not ready to buy premium now, or lease a gun (OR BUY a PERMANENT GUN when that option is available), since we will just presume that at some point in the future, when we have added other features you like, you will then jump in to the game and become a PREMIUM PLAYER when you are having fun! For example; maybe you love racing cars and blowing things up? Great - when the racing system is added, then maybe this game is for you? At that point we hope you come back and re-engage with the game. We have seen this time and time again with our other F2P games, people make an account, and 12 months later return and suddenly become really engaged with the game when it's been updated to match their tastes.

Sounds like a heck of a deal to me! A game which will continue being updated, get new features, get more items, get new game modes (Mad-Max style racing anyone!), and you can continue to try it out casually until you find something that grabs your attention. ONLY AT THAT TIME are you ever likely to convert to a paying player.

I think the confusion is that often console and traditional PC gamers feel their games are "free" (since after making the initial purchase it all "feels" free, when in fact you already spent a lot of money to buy it in the first place, often before you could ever try the game out).

Well, here is the perfect alternative model. Try some weapons. Try some customizations. If you like the direction of things, or just want to expand what you do, then go Premium. If you feel this will be great longer term - then go get some serious permanent items (of course, ONCE they are actually available that is). If you don't like things this very moment, then we invite you to hang around for free, chat with friends, try out new tactics, and wait for future updates that might be more to your taste :) !

Nothing is set in stone anywhere in this game and APB will continue evolving along with the behavior of its players. So enjoy it! And support us (by going premium or buying an item) if you enjoy what we are doing! We clearly would appreciate it as that type of support since it will let us continue working hard to bring you an even better product in the future, and turn APB into the amazing virtual world centered around your custom tastes that we know it can become!

Cheers,

152 comments:

  1. I do hope there will be some kind of "in-between" option, somewhere between F2P and monthly subscriptions, like microtransactions, or whatever. Not everyone will be willing to take the $10-15/month plunge, but will still want to help support the game. Food for thought.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I was wondering if things are going to get permanent once open beta comes out? i think that would make more sense because as much as someone would hate to grind for permanent weapons, it's totally worth it in the end. I totally agree with your setup for closed beta. But once open beta comes out, permanent items would be pretty good :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hold up. No permanent weapons right now is that why I didn't earn a single reward from completing a contract 1-10? I was grinding for three hours to rank up Violet and I didn't get a single reward.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Matthew - nope - that's unrelated. Rewards are random at the end of progression, and if you had a premium account you would be 100% more likely to get a reward.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I hope there's a delay from seeing this activated beta access in my GamersFirst profile on the Profile page on the site. I'm currently downloading the 1.5 update files, and I really hope my account works when I try and login -_-

    If I missed the invites for the 3rd friggin time I'm going to eat a bullet.

    ReplyDelete
  6. @Dree - right - there WILL in fact be the "in-between" option; for a little as just as a Buck or a Pound a month you'd get quite a bit of fun additions.

    ReplyDelete
  7. @Bjorn / TechMech Ah I see rewards are random now. I will be subscribing to this premium feature as I am a big fan of APB. (Played since RTW Beta) One question what will the rewards be permanent items or leased stuff they you will lose?

    ReplyDelete
  8. @Matthew: as far as I can tell, Leased weapons are something that anyone can purchase as soon as they have the APB$ for. Random rewards are permanent.

    They will be a way to test out the weapons before making final decisions on purchasing them with real-world currency: when the feature is implemented, of course.

    I can only assume that there is a visible indication as to whether a certain item you have obtained is leased or not. Would make sense

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bjorn, any comment on this:

    http://forums.gamersfirst.com/index.php?showtopic=150121&view=findpost&p=1386690

    ReplyDelete
  10. Matthew: That was answered in the previous blog. You keep the stuff you get when you were Premium, if you let your Premium lapse. I also will be going Premium, 'here take my money'. Have loved this game since RTW beta...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Can't speak for anyone else but I'm going permanently premium, and I've never played APB before or even got into the beta :P
    Seen too many videos of the awsome customisation system and action.
    Hope the open beta arrives soon, can't wait to get started.

    ReplyDelete
  12. these 35 000 invitations have already been sent?

    Starts or I can because the hair did not get any?
    =(

    ReplyDelete
  13. See, thats what most of us wanted to hear... that there WILL be a permanent-buy option...


    thats what the outcry was about and you could have prevented that buy being just a little more clear in the patch notes or by simply adressing it early in the outcry on the forums...

    thank you for the update Björn.

    ReplyDelete
  14. There is some sort of email delay, but the notifications should be out shortly.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Looks like I'm waiting for Open Beta.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hej Bjørn. Was just wondering, I can't log into the game yet and I still haven't recieved the invite via email, but for some odd reason I can't even log in with my user name/account on the forums. Is there any connection?

    PS: I'm sure I'm typing in the right account info, but even the "forgot my password " ain't workiong atm.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Sorry to bother you again Mr.Bjørn. Just got my e-mail, seconds later after posting the previous msg, (Your account has been given Closed Beta access. You are receiving this email because your APB Reloaded Closed Beta Application was approved.) But it seems that I still can't log in anywhere, game is giving me 10010 and the site started to reject me too all of the sudden. Please advice..

    ReplyDelete
  18. @Breakurself - try using Email to log in, and if that doesnt work, try using GamerID instead (ie your account name instead of Email). We had an old bug affecting a few accounts where for some reason the two were not interchangeable (though they should be).

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm in too thank you so very much for the invitation.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks a lot for a very fast reply there Bjørn. I've tried them both and it seems that none of them are working atm. I've also reset my password 1 day ago or so after the 120 days warning, maybe it's something to do with that? Even so, I've also tried my old password, and ofc, without any luck.
    PS: Now, I am not able to log in to my G1 account at all. But I was logged on for 1hour ago. Weird... Sorry for any trouble.
    PPS: Waiting for new password to arrive after reseting it again, from the main site.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm in, used my old RTW name, some weird stuff.... Thanks a lot for help Bjørn. Now on to testing and bug hunting. Cheers, keep up the good work.

    Brgds Break

    ReplyDelete
  22. @bjorn, i am concerned about somthing, i am hoping you will not take the "champions online" rout of p2p to f2p,

    exatly what all was avalable, but now costs extra money?

    i heard someone say (they guy that dose apb intell) say somthing like having to pay for LAYERS in logos?

    just what all was avalable, that now costs extra money to use

    like in champions online, all classes used to be avalable along with costom classes. now in f2p, you have to pay for some classes or even doing costom classes, one of the bigest features in the game...

    ReplyDelete
  23. @Slash0mega - to get full customization features you need to upgrade your account to a premium account. We have kept it really simple; you can make some basic logos/tattoos using the free tools, but then if you go Premium for 30 days and use that time to make a bunch of stuff, you get to keep it even if you go back down to free in the next 30 day period.

    In other words - if you are Premium (or have been Premium in the past at some point), then it will be visible to people in the world. If you have only been Free, then you will simply not be as cool looking of a character.

    Also - the Premium applies to ALL characters you have in your account (so you can actually upgrade a bunch of characters with one Premium if you so desire)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Finally I am invited! Sadly I'm at work and my cat don't know how to download game client so by the time I be home I'll be ready to test APB:R.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wonderful plans. I hope you'll stick with them rather than put more and more new players to stick in the wheel without a premium (although I do not plan to be, but still - this practice is very common).
    I hope you can make the game a unique thing and not another arcade shooter.
    Good luck to you all.

    ReplyDelete
  26. @bjorn thanks for the reply. that clears things up, slightly upset at the logo things, because i am broke and have ALOT of ideas going on in my head :P but at least you are not charging per icon, it would be like when it was p2p, just with some stuff released for free.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Sigh... unfortunately, It look's like I was left out in the dust again. I'm depressed now..haha. Seems like I'm the only one not able to experience this great game. But I understand :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Curious, how long of a test run do you anticipate this "try everything for free" to run?

    ReplyDelete
  29. So i got a question, a friend gave me his beta key he got a month ago. Is it still possible to enter that key somewhere?

    ReplyDelete
  30. @renato - if you applied in the Feb application process - you should most likely have been added by now, unless of course you are under 18 (which is a no-no and made us discard piles of applications) and/or had some other disqualifying issue (no DXDIAG?)? If you didn't apply in Feb using the long form application, then you WILL be let in when we turn on the official OPEN BETA tap later.

    ReplyDelete
  31. @Bjorn Thank's for the reply, no, I'm not under 18. I did however apply in february for the initial beta release, however I'm still not in. I don't know if there something wonky going on with my gmail (I made it just for this game) Or maybe I was just unlucky.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Checked your spam folder? You can actually test to see if you are in by going to this page on the forums (and logging in):
    http://forums.gamersfirst.com/index.php?showforum=630

    If you ONLY see APB English Forum (and no Closed Beta forum) after you log in, then you are probably not connecting from a Beta activated G1 account.

    If you see the Closed Beta forums (after logging in) then you are IN even if you never get the email.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Bjorn and the whole APB team. Thanks for the access to CBT :D I enjoy the game right now as how you made it. THANKS PPL!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. @Bjorn Thank's for taking the time to help me out. I've checked my spam/trash folders multiple times to nothing. Actually, I'm afraid I'm already logged into the forums and the only one I see is the NA one. Now I'm having doubts, however, because I tried sending for a password change to my gmail account through gamersfirst website, and havent recieved since an hour ago. I probably should have stuck with my old mail.com account I used for the original apb closed beta I was in. But that's my fault, I've waited since late January for this, since the another few weeks won't hurt my poor soul :) (as much as I'm trying to tell myself that, haha) But to all who got in, have fun! It truly is a great game and am very impressed with the positive changes your team has made.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Did my question get ignored? Kinda bummed out i didn't get in the beta because i signed up for the newsletter the first day it came out but i was out of the country and was not around to do the beta application. Thats why i wanna know if i can still get in with this key my friend gave that he hasn't used yet.

    ReplyDelete
  36. is it just me, or is bjorn replying alot more than he has in the past, probaly because the comments are not flooded with "LET ME IN NOW" there is one persion complaining about not being let in, but he is being TACTFUL about it.

    @renato thanks for NOT being a n00b, hopfully it will prove somthing to the flood of "i want in now" zombies that are do to show up tomorow morning, though i doubt they will bother to read anything before asking for keys.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love G1 :D I hope you get the enough support to continue the great work what you do.

    ReplyDelete
  38. @Slash0mega I totally agree with you. The hordes of "mmaaahh no keey gimmze nawoz pl0zz" people are sure to come tomorrow. When you like a game as much as APB like I do, waiting isn't so hard. I want the game to come out just as anyone else does but I also don't want it to fail.

    ReplyDelete
  39. NO mail :(( waiting and waiting :((

    ReplyDelete
  40. my clan members and I've been playing all day today and we've done nothing but crashing all day. any comments on that?

    ReplyDelete
  41. oh look, I just crashed again. geez.

    ReplyDelete
  42. @KCDOTCOM Shouldn't you be posting in the closed beta forums about this?

    ReplyDelete
  43. Bjorn / TechMech: Thank you for all your communication with the player base! It's really great to get to hear so much directly from the devs.

    New invitees: Welcome to the game! Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

    People having tons of CRASHES? Try disabling VoIP completely. It reduced my crashes from 1 per 5 minutes to zero in 5 hours. Your results may vary, of course.

    ReplyDelete
  44. We are investigating the crashes right now. We hope to sort through them quickly and then provide a patch as quickly as possible.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Well, I'm disappointed. I don't have access to the beta, and no mail. That's rather disappointing since you cats said we'd all get in.

    ReplyDelete
  46. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
    IM FROM DENMARK JUST GOT ACCESS YEAH!!

    See u in SAN PARO!

    ReplyDelete
  47. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
    IM ALSO FROM DENMARK AND I ALSO JUST GOT ACCESS YEAH!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hmm i have a little problem:
    Yesterday evening, everything went alright. But Now the game just closes itself after 5 - 10 minutes ingame.

    Explain:
    I walk arround, go on mission, customize my music or some other thing, and then the loading screen appears (as i would have left the game) and then it turns black. THats it, Nothing is happening after that.

    But Im sure it will be fixed very soon as bjorn said :D

    ReplyDelete
  49. I can sell beta account. Interesed?

    paxodeus@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hey Bjorn, i have (as i mentioned earlier) played on my friends account, now i have been granted access and im thrilled! But i must say that i could not agree with you and your team more than i do. I really like the idea of the leased weapons system, because, as rank 18 i could go out and shoot with a sniper.. o.O i had to be. rank.. 100 to do that when RTW had it.. it creates some sort of ballance between new guys, and veterans.

    ReplyDelete
  51. all you servers are lags from Europe!
    i dont lagg in 1st APB ever

    ReplyDelete
  52. No key :-((( Cant wait anymore.

    Please let me in. !

    ReplyDelete
  53. I was waiting like a 2month and get nothing?

    Bjorn, Thanks for nothing

    ReplyDelete
  54. It's not peculiar at all when you fail to explain yourself properly the first time. It makes sense NOW. But you should've given the proper explanation straight away to avoid complains. You can't expect people to speculate about what they don't know but only really act on what they DO know.

    BTW. I think 10-15 dollar premium account is pushing it. That's paying the same as for a truly AAA game by a large studio that's completely polished and has a full feature set. (World of Warcraft, Rift, SWTOR, Planetside, etc.).
    At least have different sets of 'premium' accounts then. I won't mind paying 5-10 dollars a month for a premium account.

    ReplyDelete
  55. In open beta i need key to enter?

    ReplyDelete
  56. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  57. so i need key to enter in open beta?

    ReplyDelete
  58. Hello, Bjorn. My friend gave me a closed beta code because he didn't want it. I filled out the application correctly and it said invalid key.
    Could you please help? I don't think the key was incorrect.

    ReplyDelete
  59. @ Andrej no. The current 1.5 is closed beta for testing. This is for those who got a key.

    But next week or the week after, its gonna be Open Beta. You dont need a key to enter :)

    ReplyDelete
  60. yeaaaaaaaaaa finnaly i cant wait it i will die here home i try like 100-900 game i download it and nothing this is awesome i played 5 min. becease someone put on youtube his account game is awesome i cant wait aaaaaaaaaaa omgggggggggggggggg :) Thx for answer

    ReplyDelete
  61. Bjorn beg you to put the open beta next week because my school starts in 2 weeks if you can please thanks

    ReplyDelete
  62. please accept me with stargate94productions@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  63. Dear Björn, I´ve got a question about the premium system, because I´m looking forward to support you when this awesome game gets released.
    Which ways of payment will be supported?
    Paypal, Transaction, Creditcard or Paysafe?

    ReplyDelete
  64. You can activate some more accounts, only for the desperate here xD
    We would appreciate it a lot :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. There is still no info about payment methods.since i dont have credit card,how can i purchase premium stuff?the only way i know is webmoney wich is russian vertual cash thing.its work in every other game already,even WoW.

    ReplyDelete
  66. i remenber when apb was good
    savage 3 on ntec tock 10 shots to kill someone with mono3 and survivor3
    now ntec kills with 5 shots
    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

    ReplyDelete
  67. Quick question, will there be a lifetime subscription option? I'd love that.

    ReplyDelete
  68. No fortune, no idea, i´m not already part of this 35 000. But I must say: fortune is fickle and the hope dies last. So I will be waiting second moth for invitation.

    ReplyDelete
  69. The problem of the 35,000 email invitations to the already resolved? .. I'm amazed.
    I liked being one of 35,000 but of course I will not be, in fact I'm never, have I hope this game 2 years, but the old version had to pay to play and I did not have as many opportunities or not would then give a fortune per month for a game, but I loved! So how will be free I hope to be one of the guests and play! Thanks and have fun:)

    ReplyDelete
  70. When do you think would be a good time for getting the best download speed cause at the moment it is at like less than 20 KB/s

    ReplyDelete
  71. After this Open/Closed BETA where everyone gets invited will the characters get deleted for the REAL open BETA? I dont wana start playing for real on open to find out everyone else has already got 100% finished and blasting me away with rocket launchers.

    ReplyDelete
  72. bullshit, :\ I sent in February and my account is not active -.- 'great ....

    ReplyDelete
  73. @Uzami you are not hte only one -.-

    ReplyDelete
  74. Tomikiller good to know because people are screaming all around,,I got.''-.- 'massacre

    ReplyDelete
  75. @Bjorn I'm really enjoying the beta. The matchmaking and spawn system needs a little tweaking but it's great nonetheless :].

    On topic, I don't really have a problem with weapon lease because I'm just sticking with the permanent weapons I have until I feel like I can afford a new leased weapon.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Its sound´s like whinning but realy unfair I wait for 2 months send my dxdiag and this thinks to G1 and now i have to wait for OB

    ReplyDelete
  77. Hey Bjorn

    Can i write Bug Reports in German? My English isnt very good :D

    Greetings

    ReplyDelete
  78. hi i have big problem with 1.5 patch my game crash all the time after 5 or 10 min ingame someone help pls

    ReplyDelete
  79. IT IS NOT UNFAIR THAT YOU ARE NOT IN CLOSED BETA!!!

    even i you submit a aplication, it dose not GARINTEE ANYTHING!!!! it has a bit of luck, if your computer stats fit what they are looking for, AND IF YOU FIT THE REQUIREMENTS YOURSELF, bjorn said that many of the aplications where disqualafied BECAUSE THE SUBMITER WAS UNDER 18

    ReplyDelete
  80. thanks god i got finnaly in beta

    ReplyDelete
  81. Redecilous APB:R I have been signed up for 4 month, and i haven't got one, and my friend who have been signed up for 2 weeks got one.

    ReplyDelete
  82. And yes, i am over 18 and yes my computer fits the requierments, so thats not a reason.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Finally! Thanks G1! =D Keep up the good work!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Nicolai for me as well. I have more than 18 years and my computer meets the game requirements...

    ReplyDelete
  85. Its insane, i consider just screw this game, and dont play it for principels reasons.

    ReplyDelete
  86. all i read is real money real money see de force us in paying whit real money
    what the devs need to if de want make money so freaking bad make it Pay To Play for like 12 to 15 € will remove all the kiddy and the hacker for the game

    ReplyDelete
  87. That damn update is taking too long -.- half a day!!! I hope I get in,3 months waiting............

    ReplyDelete
  88. Guys, i have a question. Can i resume the download?

    ReplyDelete
  89. I keep crashing, anyone got a solution?

    ReplyDelete
  90. Guys i love the game, but i keep crashing my game :) Hope you find the problem soon! :) @Sean i think its their coding maybe.. its always something about a fail delivery of something :) let 'em patch it ;)

    ReplyDelete
  91. thsnks for 35000 invites. Now is relly lagged.
    I am from Portugal and i am on Eu2 and have 200 ping

    ReplyDelete
  92. Pro Killer shut the fuck up and enjoy ..... You have access -.- '

    ReplyDelete
  93. Thank you sooooooo much I've been waiting for this over 3 months now i am in ! Thanks again !

    ReplyDelete
  94. I Would Like to Have access to Pro Killer I Am Portuguese too can you add me?

    tiago_dias11@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  95. Im also portuguese.. and still waiting for access..

    ReplyDelete
  96. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  97. Is there any way I could update my profiles computer specs? Gotten a new computer 10 times better since I uploaded those.

    ReplyDelete
  98. also, my coputer is taking, (by calculating time remaining and time that has past) 7.5 hours to download this thing, is it working allright?

    ReplyDelete
  99. Seriously... they need to stress test the servers as much as see how we play the game.

    If the servers go slow when 35,000 new people come... then this is the perfect time for them to fix it.

    BETA DOES NOT MEAN FREE GAME TO PLAY! You are a freakin' guinea pig. Now take your pellet, go help stress test and complain when you pay money.

    ReplyDelete
  100. getting error code 8. anybody know how to fix it?
    I already tried:
    -disabling firewall
    -disabling antivirus
    -reinstalling
    -running compatibility.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Crap. I put my age as 17 when i finished the beta application. Even though I'm 18 now, think it would have thrown my application out because of this?

    ReplyDelete
  102. Getting same error code, is it maintenance or something?

    ReplyDelete
  103. Hey Bjorn, I got an invite back in January but never got to activate. Then when I tried it said too late. Now I see 35k more invites went out and I didn't get one. Any chance I'll get in before Open Beta?

    ReplyDelete
  104. That £20 a year around sounds great. I've never joined up to one of the big MMOs before because £150 a year is the best part of my gaming budget but I'd happily pay that. Hopefully that will include access to the whole game (full customisation and whatnot) and just leave out the convenience features like fast levelling and instant weapon purchasing.

    ReplyDelete
  105. weapons not important ! but game crashes all the time + graphical issues are bad + some players drop fps even 20 fps drop and grafic is ughlyer = bad bad bad

    ReplyDelete
  106. awesome ish, loved the game when it first came out with RTW but only got to play it for a bout 3 weeks as I was not aware they were shutting down, so finally get my beta account activated today, but I no longer have a gaming PC so cannot play it right now :( on the plus side my friend said I can play it at his tomorrow, so will get to see what Gamersfirst has done with this epic game.
    Also as a real 'tester' rather than expecting to just be playing it early like probably 70% of the players now :P I will of course be commenting and reporting anything I feel needs to be mentioned.

    Can't wait for release, almost definite premium for me

    /long_ish_post_end

    ReplyDelete
  107. Paying 15 a month for a game you actually play is less than what you would pay to see one movie. It's an entertainment fee. there's barely anything else that you can get for $15 that will last a whole month so shut it!

    ReplyDelete
  108. i am still wondering when servers will be set up in the east coast i live in alabama and i want to play but i cant because it lags to much for me

    ReplyDelete
  109. East coast servers are up.

    Is the login server down tho?

    ReplyDelete
  110. this game is gonna fail again...unless you guys make it more twitch. Just watch, all you fan bois will see when it does. And don't try to blame it on hackers this time. Weapons are just retardly fucked in this game, they make no sense. I suggest the devs go out to a shooting range and spend the next month there so you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

    ReplyDelete
  111. Why APB: R crashes all the time every 5 minutes it crashes. Please reply to email Tommy524@seznam.cz thanks

    ReplyDelete
  112. Or better yet, hire a weapons specialist.

    ReplyDelete
  113. btw, fix the god damn auto-join...I hate kicking people 50 times before making it private

    ReplyDelete
  114. hope the game will cool i started downloading it i just can't wait start playing

    ReplyDelete
  115. I want to play once and for all!!!!! please give me an account

    ReplyDelete
  116. wait wait when the fcking open beta starts FFS i can't wait anymore plzzzz open it FFS in monday i want to play

    ReplyDelete
  117. can someone tell me when open beta coming live?

    ReplyDelete
  118. Great, thank you for clearing this up!
    When you posted the official list of updates in 1.5, you made it seem as if all perma-items were gone (or only $ items). The leasing idea with no other options is quite a bad idea, mostly for people who save up for an item and then it's gone in 10 days. I know in the beta when you first opened, every time I got x amount of money, I finally got the weapon I have been needing! If it expired in 10 days, I wouldn't feel like it was worth getting it.

    I hope you even it out, and not in the end make it seem as if, if you aren't paying for a weapon, you're gonna have to continuous play to be able to have a good weapon.

    ReplyDelete
  119. Jeeze, thanks for clearing all of that up.
    ...That's really all I have to say...

    ReplyDelete
  120. Hey Bjorn can you send me please an key,Im an old RTW APB player(in the Beta too) and im realy want to help you with this wonderful game. Im waiting now for more than 2 month´s on an answer of my application.It would be nice if you can send me one

    peace

    Tomikiller-121@gmx.de

    ReplyDelete
  121. HAI BJORN

    I HAVE JUST BEEN PLAYING WITH SOME FRIENDS TODAY FOR 5 OR 6 HOURS AND I MUST SAY:
    APB IS REALLY LOOKING GREAT IN JUST THIS LITTLE PATCH, I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHATS NEXT YOU ARE GOING TO BRING TO THE GAME :)

    ReplyDelete
  122. If American politics has taught me anything, the more reasonable and logical you are the closer you are to being a socialist, communist liberal elitest.

    Well you sire are the Karl Marx of reasonabilialityetnessly.

    You have my money.

    ReplyDelete
  123. OMG I didnt get an invite again???? =(. Will i have to wait for open beta or something??

    ReplyDelete
  124. Game keeps crashing when in inventory or at a vendor :(

    ReplyDelete
  125. Hi Bjorn And all you other gamers
    i just love this game, all though i after the update to 1.5 have discovered some troubles my game lags the screen nad sound freeses before 1.5 i've always played with all video settings at the highest possible and resolution at 1980X1080 and it just ran smoothly my net connection is a fiber with 30/30 mb but i've moved to the european obeya i don't now if it could be the trouble i'm from denmark so i thought that would be most natural, anu one out the who have had the same experiances. all though i came to think what it is i like so much about this game and one thing is that it on some point reminds me of one of my other favorite games GTA and then came the thougt is there by any chance that you would introduce motorbikes like in GTA i could be so cool if we cuold ride to on a bike one steer it and one to shoot. :) :)

    ReplyDelete
  126. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  127. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  128. Please key!!! deftonerq@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  129. You MUST make a Option to buy PERMANENT Weapons.
    I personally dont like the options,to buy it for few days...

    ATM i Have a problem that some Cars have a very BAD Speed!The acceleration is on some cars buggy!

    ReplyDelete
  130. Is there anything you can do against griefers bjorn?

    Not much fun when its 1v1 and a couple of guys have nothing better to do then constantly ram their truck into you T_T.

    ReplyDelete
  131. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  132. Ive Sent a Closed Beta request every month since announced and i havent got invited since, but a few days ago i found a beta key, still waiting to be activated....

    ReplyDelete
  133. I have a question
    put the mail on this page http://www.gamersfirst.com/apb/
    no longer useful at this point?
    if so, what should I do to play?
    respond on the blog or send me a email to frf_06@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  134. Please Give A Date How Time Open Apb Reloaded Please Give A date Please!!

    ReplyDelete
  135. How can I get a key? I've been trying to play since a long time ago, made an gamerfirst account and everything but still not getting invited to the beta =\. Can anyone tell me how to get a key or you can give one :|. my email: raul_brizzz@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  136. @Bjorn - Firstly, thank you for taking the time to acknowledge that you are actually reading the concerns of the players. Secondly, however, a point of equally "frank" criticism:

    Exhibit A: "... is the peculiar outcry ..."

    Exhibit B: "... since the GAME IS FREE, we feel somewhat entitled ..."

    These are not appropriate ways to communicate with your loyal and supportive players who are giving you their honest feedback during an alleged "beta" in which you presumably -want- to collect the feedback of players. You go on to talk for a long time about how you want to make your game economically successful for your company, and I absolutely do not fault you for that -- however, adopting the same emotional, pretentious tone-deafness of your predecessor RTW is not going to allow you to reach or accomplish these goals.

    I understand that it can be difficult to bear the slings and arrows of an angry playerbase after making a decision that you and your fellow developers debated at length and both logically and "spiritually" embrace ... but you need to be more open to criticism, even if you don't agree with the message being spoken. The rest of your post is more appropriate -- you should have neutrally laid out your explanation of what would be changing to fix the perceived problem of "never being able to buy a permanent gun in the game."

    This should have been a very easy bomb for you to disarm before it ever deployed, though. You and your company should have made your policies abundantly clear BEFORE pushing the patch, and you would have avoided the mass hysteria that you are seeing now.

    Anyway ... good job acknowledging that you are at least listening. Please work on the emotional responses and seeming indifference to our concerns. And more than anything ... don't ever use the word "Entitled" lightly. You are only "Entitled" to what we give you. Without us, you are "Entitled" to precisely nothing.

    ReplyDelete
  137. i need to be in beta closed please send me the invite at stargate94productions@gmail.com, all my friend was invited in the game :(

    ReplyDelete
  138. I need a beta key please!!send me one to my email eisvo72@hotmail.com !!please!!!i cant stand and watching everyone playing this fantastic GAME!!!:'( :'(

    ReplyDelete
  139. @ Stargate and all those asking for keys

    - Your posts here will be deleted
    - NONE will give you a key for there are NONE left
    - Read the news more often you punks
    - YOU NEED TO BE 18 YEARS NOT 17 , BORN 94 ISNT GOOD ENOUGH.
    -I hope Bjorn will detect your email and put it to blacklist for a year



    Thanks!

    And Bjorn - Give us an update on the patch

    Having crashes/Freezes all the time

    ReplyDelete
  140. Hi im french : So the game come back soon ...very soon (normaly)!
    And for the probleme PUNKBUSTER :
    I have disable with ALT CTRL SUP ...Processus...and STOP TunedUpUtiliti and Punkbuster service !
    And i can play easy ...No more punkbuster losing paquet 9003 9005 .... !!
    I wait for the sever fixed.
    IN fench :
    EN FRANCAIS :
    Pour le probleme PUNKBUSTER faite alt ctrl sup et allez dans processus et arretez le processus TunedUputilities ((si vous l'avez )) et + arreter processus PUNKBUSTER puis lancez le jeu .
    Pour moi no soucy .
    J'atends la mise a jour la , et en espera,t ne plus faire cette manip a chaque fois .
    Good game
    enjoy
    Bon jeu .....

    ReplyDelete
  141. someone to answer my question please?

    ReplyDelete
  142. downloading at 80 kb/s is not good.... :(

    starts at 200 kb/s and throttles me...

    5 MB connection should be 600 kb/s

    North America

    ReplyDelete
  143. Can i get a beta key please? looking foward 2 play the game.
    claudiofarinha1@hotmail.com
    THank you

    ReplyDelete
  144. You do realize that you're talking to a community of beta testers who have already purchased the game...I hope you guys don't lose sight of that once the game goes gold again.

    ReplyDelete
  145. Blah this is bullcrap i buyed in the begining i have registerd me self since they closed beta on march 5 - 2011 and stil im not beta this is fucking hopeless

    ReplyDelete
  146. how do i know if i got an invite?

    ReplyDelete
  147. this game or gamefirst is a fucking shit!!!!
    i got mya access to closed beta and i have since 2 days code error 10010 wrong pass or mail =====______________======= what the fuck my mail and passs is good

    ReplyDelete

Please keep comments on-topic and reasonably civilized. The moderators reserve the right to remove any off topic, uncivilized or troll-ish comments.