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Friday, April 8, 2011

Steaming toward Build 1.5.0, first in Closed then in Open Beta, and then End of the Grief-Truck era!

Another 'phew - what a week' moment!

On the Road Again Still
Since I am still on the road, I will make this short - but we have some exciting items to share, so, at minimum I will get those out before crashing for the night. Our team of absolute fantastic troopers are working their tails off on progressing build 1.5.0 (basically the version which will eventually become Open Beta 1), and while all the core code is now in place, they are working like maniacs to track down some final pesky crash issues and other critical fixes that need to be solved before the game can go live using the new version.

1.5.0 - the Beta Path
Originally 1.5.0 was considered to be "Open Beta." Because of the delay in getting this build live, what we are LIKELY to do is the following, which actually makes 1.5.0 the next build in the closed beta series instead;
  1. As soon as the current issues have been worked out, we will release 1.5.0 in Closed Beta Mode to the current 25,000 players.  This will ALSO wipe the current characters and progression from the game (but you will be able to recover them later - see note below).
  2. If the initial release appears stable then we will bring the EU servers online (see below) and now all 25,000 players can access BOTH the EU and US servers (though you will have to make new characters for each world you want to play in)
  3. If that works ok, then we will mass-invite at least another 25,000 players (for 50,000 total) STILL in Closed Beta mode (that would be a very large chunk of remaining EU players)
  4. If that works fine shortly thereafter we will invite ALL remaining eligible Closed Beta applicants. 
  5. If that works fine, we will then GIVE all Closed Beta testers a temporary Premium Account (just to test all premium functions system wide) for 24 or 48 hours.
  6. If Premiums work fine, then we will ENABLE monetized content (ie leased weapons, permanent mods, character slots etc.)
  7. If there are STILL no major issues, then we will open up the floodgates, and formally go into Open Beta!
  8. Once we are in Open Beta, we are looking to see if we can let you reclaim custom characters from the Closed Beta. This will likely be the case. Along the way you will ALSO be able to reclaim any of the original characters from the original version of the game.AND it's likely you will get to keep items that you create in the Closed Beta stage of 1.5.0, when you have short access to the REAL premium account status for free.
If anything hits a snag along those 8 steps above, we may pause the roll-out at that step, but at minimum you would know exactly what comes next.

After the OB roll-out we expect we will be in monetized Open Beta until August, and will be iterating on new districts, new content, and more than anything, the new balance, progression, witnessing, rating and spawning that will all be introduced during various stages of Open Beta (some from the very start), all the while we will be introducing newer and cooler premium content (did anyone say "Swat Gear?").

EU Servers
We have FINALLY secured the network equipment's passage. What a freakin ride. SUPPOSEDLY it all gets finally delivered on Monday. Presuming this is TRUE (I am not customs and cannot guarantee this), then we have had a fun 3 week adventure in how not to ship and clear equipment. In fact some of it got returned all the way to the US so we could reship it with a different carrier, one that was actually going to be able to clear it through customs. I am now holding my breath it will be there Monday. If it is there Monday, then it will still take a couple of days after that before we are online in the EU. But it's certainly very close at this point.

The End of the Grief-Truck Era
In addition to major changes to spawning, upgrades, witnessing and so on for the first version of 1.5.0 - it's also very significant for a VERY specific reason. 1.5.0 will be the death of the grief-truck. Many have rightly pointed out that what causes the griefing is the fact that it's very difficult to tell the Physics system NOT to blow you up, since collisions between car and car are tricky to separate from car and house, or car and pole (and those two cases clearly SHOULD blow you up, presuming you were not being rammed in to the wall or pole using a grief-truck). However - Aphadon dug around in the darkest corners of the code, and put in place code that actually fixes the issue. Now, there are a few strange side effects from this fix (the grief-trucker will BOUNCE you off a wall instead of blowing you up), but it basically makes you NOT blow up when a non-opposing player smashes you into the wall (no such luck when it's an opposing player). How will this fix play out? Well I for one cannot wait to see it in 1.5.0 to see how people react to it!

The Start of the User Control Era
Through OB releases after OB-1, we will be introducing new ways for users to take charge of their in-game experience. The improved rating systems will clearly help with some of the experience improvement, but, more so all the new ways players will be able to initiate matches, and engage each other. I will share more details as we get closer to the various systems (Chaos, Turfwars, Racing, DJ etc.), and especially as we contemplate which one of the new systems we will be releasing first.

But before any of that - right this moment, we will continue to crunch to get this next giant milestone delivered! Woo woo!

Cheers,

144 comments:

  1. Really great post, can't wait to see you progress on your work :)

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  2. hoped to read some 1.5.0 notes, also what happens if you want to recover a live and cb toon and they both share the same name?

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  3. Great news. Can't wait for EU server and new rating system myself!

    -- Jackie/Sonya

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  4. Amazing news!

    "...(the grief-trucker will BOUNCE you off a wall..."

    LOL! Will we see some cars on rooftops? :)

    Can't wait to test 1.5.0

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  5. Really good Post .. thanks for the update.. no mention of the US-East Server eh?

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  6. i would like to see a premade matchup system be rolled out for open beta :) great work so far

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  7. Finally a beginning is in sight! And awesome that they are giving us premium access for while.

    Thats cool that they will be giving us our characters from the original game as well and I'm glad they did something about grief trucks

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  8. Awesome update, this is great. Thanks Bjorn!

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  9. how bouncy is the grief truck wall bounce then?
    just for the heck of it why not make an airhocky grief truck arena? closed off area and a few trucks and some cars to bounce around into some form of goal? :P

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  10. Tired of waiting for this fucking Eu, would say shit that will be ready is not known when, or even bored already Mondays feed

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  11. Could you please clear up one IMPORTANT thing about Open Beta? You state that we may be able to recover our Closed Beta characters. Will this include progression unlocks, or just customizations/names.

    I know it was stated previously that old apb characters would be recovered without progression, but i didn't know if it was the same deal with Reloaded CB characters as well.

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  12. Ahg we in EU gotta wait a week more :(..im sure EU will be only about 2 weeks forward.

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  13. Nice one bjorn! :D Cant wait til' the 25K invite! :) Cheers and good job btw ;p

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  14. Wrong point at griefers, they are part of the game - as often as they disturbing me, they helped me at vip missions. they was an tactical advantage, because when you was a good driver you simply drive through griefer areas.

    the point is: you killed one possible tactic and fully ignore an much more important bug.

    its realistic to blow up by pushing to an WALL - no matter wich faction he is! but its not realistic by blowed up pushing into a SIDEWALK! now enemy team can kill you still at the 5 cm high sidewalk of death...
    next thing is that sidewalks sometimes brake you down at 0kmh - very strange, when you drive on it like around 50kmh...

    Ok, but all other point seems fine, specially that you finally get equipment to europe and the open beta will start soon.

    and i finally agree Michael, the most important questions will be still open, please answer his questions...

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  15. can't wait for the wave
    and finally we get some good news :D:D

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  16. If that works fine, we europeans will play the game in 2015! =D -.-'' Come on! Next week, next week, next week...fuck next week, we are waiting months! I'm really bored at this point.

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  17. @.Panic! You're right!
    EU is waiting soooo long and G1 says only NEXT WEEK.
    G1 say this the last week and now we must wait 3 weeks more i think. For the EU the test is "waiting" and nothing more.

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  18. Wow, thanks for the update, I cant wait for all of it.
    The Grief-truck part was kinda funny and I will miss it - if the fix will work out - although I am just equally happy that it'll be gone, hopefully.

    I just wanted to say, great work thus far and for the days to come!

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  20. So do people who have played for months in the closed BETA get to keep their characters rank and levels for open BETA? If they do that is stupid.

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  21. No. In open beta all chars get deleted.

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  22. sounds really good guys! im looking forward to EU servers going live, its pretty hard to play on the US servers at the moment with a ping of 200-500ms. makes driving the cars interesting to say the least.

    also, RACING DISTRICTS FTW! this was one of realtime worlds ideas that had me most excited back in the original game, just a shame they went bust before they got to implement it.

    Also, any plans to add motorcycles to the game? I think that could be awsome, make them faster than the jericho/bishada but because theres no protection at all it wont be "overpowered", make them hard to drive but still fun :)

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  23. please shut the fuck up and drop the "we, EU players, cannot play/must wait moar" line! i'm from europe and i'm playing the game since the first wave. yeah, call it luck, call it whatever you want, but drop that shit. the current in-game players are about 50/50 EU/USA, so if you wanna play, just don't cry in the name of everyone, do it just for you. thanks!

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  24. @betzavanu
    I totally agree with you, but seriously. If you hadn't been invited the first wave, a person like you would have cried and spammed the comments like any other idiot does.

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  26. That was a great post, thanks for the updates!

    Only thing I'm curious about is importing the original characters. if I were to import and play in US-West until the East server is open (which wasn't mentioned so could be well into Open Beta) and pick up new items/etc that you mentioned, I'm wondering if I'd still be able to carry that character into the East server where I will most definitely be playing at launch. Just wondering, thanks again!

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  27. Great update. Cant wait for EU servers, fed up of being at a major disadvantage lol >.<

    Well done.

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  28. Invite?Activate 25.000 accounts more or send codes to 25.000?

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  29. Wow, wipe characters then put them back later? So you want the 25,000 enabled accounts to steal names from the ORIGINAL RTW beta testers and players who haven't even got access yet????

    What a joke.

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  30. Plus, whatever happened to EARLY-OBT for us RTW players/beta testers.

    Geez. Promises are meant to be broken I guess.

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  31. come on damnit relies the damn OB we have waited long enough

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  32. Hey, Bjorn:

    Is there any way to make a 'SWAT van' available for premium content? When I was with the SPSD, we had trouble determining what my Special Response Team division would use as a vehicle since there was no equivalent to a heavily-armored van. Could such a vehicle be made available as premium content? If memory serves, a similar vehicle (the bank van) already exists in-game. A longer wheelbase and slight extension is all it'd need.

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  33. WHAT IN THE HELL G1, IM STARTING TO GET PISSED NOW, NEXT WEEK OB T HIS WEEK EU, STFU AND STOP SAYING THAT, YOUR SLOW, THIS ISNT TRUE. AND YOU DECIDED TO LET THOUSANDS OF 12 YEAR OLDS IN BETA, YOU ARE MEGA RETARTED, WHERE THE FUCK IS OB, JESUS....

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  34. @matt

    Listen to my words:
    Butterflyes need wings to fly,
    but does a worm need legs to crawl?

    Think about it.

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  35. ive also been waiting here since that closed beta sign up page went on, and you guys do a bunch of contest giveaways for fucking little ass kids and people who havnt been waiting as long as the people who are on your site. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM, AND ALSO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH US EAST? ARE YOU GUYS JUST GOING TO SKIP THAT AND INVITE A BUNCH OF LITTLE FUCKING KIDS TO TEST THE BETA AND PEOPLE WHO JUST RANDOMLY LIKE YOUR SITE ON FACEBOOK?!!!! FUCK YOU GUYS SERIOUSLY IVE BEEN WAITING TOOOOOOO LONG AND NOW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE IN BETA AND IM STILL WAITING EVERYDAY I CHECK YOUR BLOG IN HOPES OF OB, BUT YOU GUYS ARENT EVEN DONE WITH EU SERVERS AND ITS BEEN LIKE 3 WEEKS, GET FUCKED G1 AND MAYBE ACTIVATE THE PEOPLE THAT DESERVE THE GOD DAM BETA INVITE NOT CONTEST WINNERS AND FUCKING 12 YEAR OLDS. YES IM PISSED OF AT G1, YOU GUYS ARE LYING AND ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS ADVERTISING YOUR GAME MORE AND MORE AND YOU DONT GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WAITING ON YOUR SITE SINCE APB WENT DOWN THE FIRST TIME. DICKHEADS!

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  36. @nicolai7777 i dont care about your stupid hannibal lecter fucking riddles, this is about G1 doing there job.

    look at all these ticked off people G1 , get ur shit together and seriously just let the people who have been waiting for months play, that's completely fair, and that's how it should happen. I know im being harsh but CMON you guys REEK of bullshit , and the baby advertising should stop, go buy a fucking commercial add you dumb asses and stop making contests where 1000's of little kids and random people who don't even know what APB is... sign up for beta and you just let them in.

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  37. @matt dude ive been waiting a shit tone longer then u have

    but do u see me raging like a 12 year old? no i simply said reliese the OB

    ur complaining like a 12 year old the things u seem to hate....

    fyi ive been waiting for this game sense a week b4 it shut down (i was waiting for a free trail) then game died... i was like FK and waited and waited for it to reopen... and it did and now i wait some more

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  38. @matt also how do they know u even know wtf ur talking about lol ur seem to be pretty dense... no down right retarded... take a zanex and some other meds and calm ur ass down and learn to have some patience

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  39. @matt I'm east coast and I'm in closed beta and I'm not 12.
    cuz I don't bitch and moan about it and cry to get what I want.
    [/2cents]

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  40. BULLSHIT
    I don't even want to play this game anymore because you took the grief truck out.
    That was a great way for me to blow off steam after a bad match >:]

    fuck.

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  41. @alex7

    awwwww, poor griefer, cant grief no more, so sad, so sad, now we will have HAPPY PLAYERS, we cant have that can we.

    @matt

    lol, i have been wanting to play longer than you, want to know how i know? i wanted to play in retail, but could not afford it, chew on that for awhile. also, you yelling at g1 is not going to help them do there job, (which they ARE doing) they are working as fast as they can. they are also not picking based on age. how WOULD you know what age groups where in the game if you are not in it? besides, your whinny rant makes me thing you are 11 years old. grow up and wait like a man like everyone else

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  42. They need to fix the spawn system...... badly.

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  43. @alex7 i know what u mean lolz :P

    #dragon_nut_ds if u cant see that alex was jkin then ur retarded :P

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  44. Thanks for the update! Can you please respond explain in more detail of how exactly the following is going to work?

    "Once we are in Open Beta, we are looking to see if we can let you reclaim custom characters from the Closed Beta. This will likely be the case. Along the way you will ALSO be able to reclaim any of the original characters from the original version of the game."

    I will get my original characters with their names back, correct? I have not gotten into Closed Beta and I am concerned that the CB Testers will be given precedence over original players.

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  45. i doubt they will give chars that where b4 G1 took over

    i think they mean they wont delete ur closed beta chars

    it would suck ass if they gave the orig chars back

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  46. Looking forward to bouncing cars. Keep up the good works gents, and leave the damn dump truck alone, now. It's at least 30% responsible for making APB as awesome as it is, but for some reason you guys insist on making it less awesome every patch.

    It's easy to dodge... At least half the people in the game enjoy having them there, or don't care either way, they just don't voice it as much as the few who get their feelings cut deep by dump trucks.

    People get butt-hurt over anything, take Matt a few posts above for example. Nothing you do will make everyone happy. Leave the damn truck alone, it's done nothing but help you.

    But on a more serious note, I'm looking forward to see the patch notes for 1.5.

    Keep that news coming.

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  47. Omg people, you are blind...
    Steaming toward Build 1.5.0
    AND it's likely you will get to keep items that you create in the Closed Beta stage of 1.5.0, when you have short access to the REAL premium account status for free.

    Only items and prograsion from Build 1.5.0 will be able to get on OPEN BETA...

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  48. CB already have capslock spamming idiots, I hope they don't let more in, like matt :(

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  49. @Matt: I was in the original APB OB and now I'm in G1's CB. Feels good man. Also fyi I've been waiting to play this game ever since I heard about it in E3 so go fuck yourself. Acting like a little dick probably doesn't help you get a beta invite.

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  50. WTF? There is the OB?
    Another 3 weeks if all 8! steps goes well? Are you jocking?
    What about fans? What about your promises?

    Are you first go through customs? People expect, and you are deceiving them.

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  51. Listen to us!
    We want Minecraft graphic and texture!

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  52. "YES - we plan on letting players of the original APB game reclaim the original content (ie characters etc.) that existed at the time the game shut down, since that data is considered "game content." This would give you most (if not all) customizations, gear, and character names back that you had during the first run of the game."
    Any updates on this? I don't care if the levels are wiped, etc, etc. BUT, I would love to get my characters back, names and basic character customization, even if they're naked and deleveled and even stripped of weapons.

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  53. I played in RTW's Closed Beta at all the few precious hours the servers were stable enough to actually let you in. I absolutely loved playing that bugged-out lag-fest of a brilliant IDEA of a game. I'm yet to see any invite or any more info on my old characters >.>

    I'm a patient person, and i still have some left...

    Just starting to feel a bit left out in the cold here =/

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  54. I'm really starting to lose interest in this game and I know I'm not the only one here...

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  55. When reading all these comments, Bjørn is all like: And not a single fuck was given that day.

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  56. I was playing the Beta earlier, don't sweat not having it. There are still hackers, bugs and glitches. I could sympathize with G1 if these were new issues, but they're not.

    This game hasn't changed much, in fact I dare say it was better under RTW. GamersFirst are synonymous with nazi's. They don't let you say anything bad about them or the game, I wouldn't even be surprised if the comments are filtered or this one is deleted.

    Last time I checked "gamers first" meant it was my opinion over yours, yet you censor every god damn forsaken output possible.

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  57. @Uncle Bob I think G1 want do this because G1 do not know what original APB players had for stuff.

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  58. Gamersfirst or Gamersafterthechildrenplaywithnothingtoofferandthosewhocomplainwillnevergetingamebecausethereisnojusticebehindthatscreen ?

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  59. Really??? you get rid of one of the funnest parts about the game by removing the "truck-griefing" idiot's.

    I'd have so much fun while on missions and not on missions running from getting and being the one killing people, it was a hugely fun aspect of the game and once again the 12yr old players get their way again. When are devs gonna learn to stop listing to these tards shit like this is what makes game fun. I loved just plowing my SUV into some poor bastard and instantly blowing him up. or if you had some dickhead players totaly mess up your mission or scriptkiddies for that matter you could just grief them like that for revenge. wonder what other fun things will get removed.

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  60. Just to sound smart, how will you ever get a car off a objective if a griefer sits in it.

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  61. Hurray for getting rid of no-life truck-griefers.

    But more importantly, you should be focusing more on solving the aimbot problem and whether or not PunkBuster will work.

    And don't deny it; I've seen x22 youtube videos from THIS BETA showing players from this beta getting killed by the aimbots, like Crim and PKness the creeper guy, and some others I recognize, so you know it's a legit recent video of aimbotting and ESP/wallhacks. You need to shut that crap down, first and foremost, because it severely hampers gameplay to the point that I almost don't even want to beta test your currently free game.

    Your rating/threat level system is also flawed in that it doesn't account for experience/gear. Your formula should be more like threat level + a number assigned to their weapon (higher if it's slotted) and any slotted upgrades in it, to account for how good that weapon is. This will help newbs / inexperienced players go up against more fair opponents, rather than running into people with Adeens and grenade launchers. No matter if you're matching up 5 Threat Level 4's against two Threat Level 10's (and even though this numerically adds up, when have you ever seen a 5v2? They're guaranteed to call backup until it's at least a 5v4, or so.) They're all still going to get destroyed over and over, despite outnumbering their opponents. The current system is simply not complex enough to make up for this disparity.

    On a related note, the aimbots tend to group up together. If you do missions by yourself, you tend to run into other solo non-cheating players, and the matches are (usually) fair. But if you have a group of friends and ready up with 3+, you start to get the larger groups of aimbot opponents. Just try it if you don't believe me, and don't gimme that spiel about not being able to recognize what isn't humanly possible, "they could just be a better player." Go youtube "APB x22" for the aimbot videos.

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  62. guys we have to stop w8ing on this game ,and just get the chock when it comes there is no point looking in to enymore now .. most likely gona be a few more weeks before something big happens ..
    i can at least give the site and g1 home site a rest for like 10 days now holiday !!!! FTW:D

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  63. I love how so many people flame G1 and think they are so slow.

    Try you to do it better fuckheads, i bet you cant.
    They atleast give us updates weekly will EA ever do that for example? or Blizzard. Maybe only some screenshots nothing more.
    Im not in Beta but i can wait and you should too kids.

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  64. @nicolai: your nose smells like shit. get it?

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  65. I'm starting wore about big and first problem in game!!!!

    I'm in CB and all the time I seeing aimboters and wallhackers etc.
    after CB how many hackers will hack? I can confirm that! (1000+ hackers in servers, maybe diff nicks and same person? don't know) but if its CB what will be in OB???? how we can help to block hackers? I know its very hard but this game will go down if in OB comes lots of hackers... :( :(

    thanks in advance :(

    P.S. Its easy to kill if u play smart, no mater its hacker or not !! so fuck the hackers!!!!

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  66. @Paal, wow grow up, im sure G1 is tough at work, working on several things to do with the game, like programming aspects, and EU customs and excise is a very tough crowd, especially with tech imported from outside the European Union.

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  67. Nice, I hope i'll be in this time. Good to hear that the EU people get a chance now too :D

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  68. IVE BEEN FUCKING WAITING FOR US EAST WTF IS THIS YOU DONT EVEN MENTION EAST IN ANY OF YOUR FUCKING POSTS WHAT THE FUCK WELL FUCK YOU EU YOU SAY YOU WAITED LONGER THEN THAT OTHER GUY MATT OR FUCKING ME WE ARE THE LAST WAVE PROB GONNA BE FUCKING SKIPPED SO WE ARE GOING TO WAIT LONGER THEN FAGGOT

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  69. @Dude and Matt.
    It is obvious you two only want to play the game and dont understand the point in a closed Beta.
    Good they havent picked u two out so far.

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  70. "monetized Open Beta until August"
    what does that mean ? we will be able to purchase premium content and chars wont be wiped when game goes live ?

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  72. Good to hear that G1 is putting an end to that stupid truck!!!:) There is nothing more annoying than some idiot in a dump truck trying to ram you into a wall and blow you up. Sucks for those that actually liked it! Find another way to grief after getting owned in a mission.. Cheers to this post G1 and grrrreat work!

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  73. all this QQ over how long you have waited, Sad.

    this whole process is going fast, try waiting a year or more to beta test.

    Great job G1, and thanks for weekly post.

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  74. @Treeman: What I meant was that people like him (and you for that matter) suck up to G1, hence the "brown nose". Everybody knows G1 is working hard, they bought the fucking game and they want to make a profit - and shitheads like you looking to score some "brownie points" with the developers makes me sick. Any retard understands that they are working on the game, and we don't need attentionwhores like yourself to state the obvious.

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  75. Sad to see that there is not going to be a US east server :/... I cant play on west too laggy.

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  76. for all the EU crybabies, if your countries weren't so backwards and corrupt i'm sure you would have had a server for apb long ago, don't blame the people who are working hard to get through all the red tape and greased palms it takes to just set things up there.

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  77. @Bjorn

    I was wondering if GF understood that the "spawning" issue (Crims spawn 75-120 from objective, enf spawn 120-220 from where they died) is a counterbalance to the crims getting stunned and arrested. That is, the game is designed on the principal that crims will spend time while arrested most of the time in a mission.

    Point being that if GF puts the LTL weapons back to where they should be, Crims being stunned 80% of the time (stunning should be as easy as killing) thus are given the spawns as well as well as all the other perkes they have.

    Buy breaking the very mechanics the game is designed on (making the LTL weapons useless) you will soon see that you will have to balance a lot more than spawns.

    The reasion crims make money so easly is because they can be witnessed, stunned and arested. Adding witnessing back in does not fix the being stunned/aressted needing for the game balance.

    LTL are weapons first and should fire, have the rainge, capacity and everything else that their leath counterparts do.

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  78. You guys make me laugh .. I love being in closed beta!

    My only complaint is that we need ranked servers .. I don't know if its hacks or not .. but there are some people that dominate the entire server.

    Its not fun when a group of 5 just runs the entire server killing going 12-3 every match.

    Its so bad that when my group was put up against them we just drove around picking up expensive cars and parking them outside of the chop-shops.

    Nothing funnier than 4 people sending you hate whispers to get your ass over to the objective so they can grind XP on your deaths.

    Honestly, its super fun against comparable skill, but it sucks against people who know all the tricks

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  79. One other thing.

    There are several test cases for RTW/CB character revivals that I think need to be addressed.

    CREATE CASES
    * UserA restores RTW Character no name conflicts
    * UserA restores CB Character no name conflicts
    * UserA attempts to restore RTW Character, conflicts with UserA CB Character
    * UserA attempts to restore CB Character, conflicts with UserA RTW Character
    * UserA attempts to restore RTW Character, conflicts with UserB RTW Character
    * UserA attempts to restore RTW Character, conflicts with UserB CB Character
    * UserA attempts to restore CB Character, conflicts with UserB CB Character
    * UserA attempts to restore CB Character, conflicts with UserB RTW Character.
    * UserA attempts to create OB Character, conflicts with UserB restored RTW Character
    * UserA attempts to create OB Character, conflicts with UserB restored CB Character
    * UserA attempts to create OB Character, same name as UserB restored RTW Character that was deleted
    * UserA attempts to create OB Character, same name as UserB restored CB Character that was deleted
    * UserA attempts to create OB Character, same name as UserB restored OB Character that was deleted

    Anyway, I hope you have a good test matrix for these changes or people will get their shit out of alignment.

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  80. The GRIEFERS WILL NEVER DIE! GRIEFER TROOP FOREVA rofl !!

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  81. So... did the parts arrive as planned?

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  82. Where are the real fixes?

    *Hackers
    *Hackers
    *Weapon Balances
    *Weapon Balances

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  83. Dammit Bjorn >_<, shouldn't it be easier to just havesomebody (I recommend a professionel hitman) to fly the equipment as luggage on a plane and deliver it personally?

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  84. The above bjorn is the fake, always check the profile people.....

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  85. @ Bjorn! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY
    I have a question that I'm hoping you can, and will, answer. I know there's a lot of madness around but I'd REALLY appreciate a response to this. (Along with many others I'm sure.)

    "YES - we plan on letting players of the original APB game reclaim the original content (ie characters etc.) that existed at the time the game shut down, since that data is considered "game content." This would give you most (if not all) customizations, gear, and character names back that you had during the first run of the game."

    Any updates on this? I don't care if the levels are wiped, etc, etc. BUT, I would love to get my original APB characters back, names and basic character customization, even if they're naked and deleveled and even stripped of weapons.

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  86. Doesn't the fake bjorn have anything better to do than be a poser? Seriously?

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  87. @IOU345

    I have to agree, what a sad and pathetic individual he must be to pretend to be someone he isnt.

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  88. Wow - first - killing of FAKE Bjorn turns out to be harder than I expected. Especially when he suddenly (a few comments ago) started trying to make a "legit" posting.

    Second - good news - our stuff FINALLY arrived. All I can say is use a true "freight forwarder" when moving equipment, and not one of the "Express" companies. What a difference.

    Tomorrow the team will continue configuring the servers and I am hoping we will have another update mid week!

    Finally - the tone here has gone crazy hostile! Yes - we are going to be adding "ranked" servers, no - we are actually quite tolerant of people and their crazy rants, yes - once we go "monetized" beta it means we will not wipe any chars after that point, yes - when we go to OB we clearly expect botters will have a much harder time than they do now and finally - chill out. It is CLEAR some people still don't understand why we have beta at all. The game has more than a million lines of code with engine and all, and a lot of stuff needs to be tested and glued together to make it all work properly.

    So if you understand how Beta tests work - then we welcome you. If you don't, I'd suggest you go try something else until we open up the servers to everyone - WHEN it's all ready!

    And as always - watch out for fake Bjorn. Fake Bjorn's profile still is from April 2011. If you see a comment (even a benign one) - always worth clicking the link to check out who is behind the post (even for this post) :)

    Hang on for another two days and I will keep you guys updated.

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  89. Mid week meant to be Saturday...^^

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  90. and saturday means next monday :P

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  91. Thanks for the update Bjorn, Very happy to hear the parts have finally arrived (woot) Im very much looking forward to moving over to the EU servers once they come out of test mode and the new update! Good work!

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  92. Can u activate my account meanwhile? I don't care about too much ping! I want to try the game, I can't wait anymore...I've been waiting for months. Keep up the good work! ;)

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  93. Woo. Finally EU servers, no more bad ping, just as a curious question, which country are the servers located at? UK, central Europe, etc.?

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  94. i hope in germany "Frankfurt" =)
    best location

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  95. i'm broing of this.
    always i go play its a fucking lag and so many cheaters that my rank is always 1.
    sow many bugs that my game crash sow manytimes that is bullshit.
    the game is dead.

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  96. @Pro Killer

    i don't ever crash so either you lie or your comp is a pile of crap.

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  97. the name "prokiller" crash the game :D

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  98. @DeadDuke
    one I7 processor with 6 gb of ram with ati graphics is crap.

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  99. @zcala

    why you don't get a life and go make something?

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  100. insult and cry:)
    just because you think you have a good running computer does not need it.
    Perhaps the hardware does not close.
    would have time to put money in quality;)

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  101. I did not get my key, give me a key please

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  102. YESHHHH!
    The EU server equipment arrived!
    And prokiller Im "broined" of your stupidity and failiure to spell and the game is not dead its your crappy computer

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  103. I am also wondering where the EU server is going to be located. Can you PRETTY PLEASE disclose the location!?

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  104. the servers will be located in germany.

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  105. The server will be located at the Faroe Islands.

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  106. @Pro Killer

    i'm running i7 24gb of ram Nvidia cards on a sabertooth MB, and i don't have all that crashing your talking about.

    i would love to see an US east coast server,
    guess ill have to wait till after EU server is up.

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  107. @DeadDuke

    Isn't of my pc. is of the game.
    Always i jump and one car crash with me the game crash.
    And this is for game first:
    please fix the mission: like my mom.we only have 1 item and we need 2.

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  108. The servers are hosted in Germany Frankfurt.

    The servers were running on Sunday already. As the names were still testing.

    So were the hardware components already there on Saturday.
    Not like Bjorn said on Monday.

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  109. from what Bjorn has said before the EU server has been running but they needed that gear to go live.

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  110. Bjorn, the wait for OB IS KILLING ME!!

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  111. @Prokiller

    u loser stop Q.Qing all times my clan pownd u today 4 times well u got a big big crap pc *lmao*

    get new hardware and befor u get this get a life and stop that crying all times baby

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  112. "I want in the beta" "i deserve to be in beta" "the game is glitchy, fix it" "give me my key now" "you guys suck, you wont let me play" "let me in or i wont play ever"

    THAT IS WHAT YOU GUYS SOUND LIKE!!!!
    a bunch of whiny brats that have no idea what making a game is like

    your in the beta and the game is glitchy? THATS WHAT BETAS ARE FOR, TO FIND THE GLITCHES SO THEY CAN FIX THEM

    don't have beta yet? THEN STOP YOUR 12 YEAR OLD WHINING, YOU DO NOT HAVE A EXCLUSIVE NEED TO PLAY THIS GAME. WAIT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE

    you don't see why we are not in open beta? SEE THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE GLITCHES, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO OPEN UP BETA SO 500,000 MORE WHINNY 12 YEAR OLDS CAN WHINE ABOUT THE NOT YET FIXED GLITCHES TOO

    in other words....

    SHUT YOUR TRAPS AND WAIT LIKE FREEKING EVERYONE ELSE!!!!

    thank you for your time :)

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  113. @rawrrenato The OB talk really gets annoying.The EU servers aren't even on yet and you ask for the OB immediately?

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  114. @churpee -- most MMO's that have european servers host them in Germany.
    APB is also hosted in Germany.

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  115. Nice then i will have a good ping :P

    @Dragon_nut: Your right :P but dont be to harsh with them theyr only 12 oke ^^

    Im waiting for news from Bjorn today :/

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  116. I am crossing my fingers that I receive an invite but I will be waiting patiently even if I don't! At the end of the day I am just grateful that APB is back so I would just like to say a big Thank You!!!! Keep up the good work

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  117. @Pro Killer
    "ati graphics is crap"
    I guess you just about nailed it there? Also if you weren't such a lazy wannabe elitist in a beta you'd read the forum and know that "just like momma used to make them" is being fixed. Now start testing, and report on the forum or gtfo of the beta and let someone that actually contributes in.

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  118. @09b79ff4-655e-11e0-93ff-000bcdcb471e

    come to my country try to play and when you do that tell me please?
    and when your clan own me? you need a clan for own and i am alone and don't need a clan to own.
    but i can call to and lets see you got own

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  119. ProKiller the ragequiter by lose =)

    greetz nIXOn :P

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  120. @zcala

    when you see me make rague quit?
    you lose the mission and are saying that i make raguequit?

    please stop boing people

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  121. I hope the EU servers are up this week, cant play on the NA servers there too laggy to drive properly :/ as a original beta tester and paying customer from RTW im bored of waiting now :(

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  122. gogogogo open europe please!!!!!!!!!!!

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  123. @ProKiller

    Funny that my photo shows something else. But as long as you believe.
    Ragequiter ;P

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  124. @Pro Killer how mature
    I bet you are 18+
    and actually testing the game /end sarcasm here

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  126. this game is horrible, your not missing anything special(my opinion). To unbalanced to even have fun! Its not worth getting bent out of shape.

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  127. then report write suggestion to improve it and dont cry.

    gdmn want rly know how much ppl in closed beta do help and how much do not.

    i bet most of them do not

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  128. @Bigweelz1....Excuse me but if you dont like it GTFO AND STFU....simple as that...Some of us actually like it...and the world doesnt give a damn if you think everything is unbalanced, but you just suck

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  129. people saying in the game: EU servers are online

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  130. Your wish has been granted, the European servers are LIVE for closed beta participants!

    http://forums.gamersfirst.com/index.php?act=announce&id=346


    hf on eu servers if ur able to play

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  131. @myccraft Fuk off.. you obviously didn't see the (MY OPINION) part, or your just a dumbass. Probably a dumbass judging by your comment. That is right SOME of you like it.. and when its fixed after all the testing MORE will like it!

    @Sascha Nobody is crying. i simply put in my opinion, which EVERYBODY is entitled to! And there is no point of reporting shit that probably has already been done 100898789 times! But thanks for you input, so thoughtful :)

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  132. @Bigweelz1...Well if you think the game sucks why are you still here AND i did see your (My opinion

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  133. @pro killer

    i run the game at around 90+ fps constantly on ATI graphic cards, but i guess it still means ati suck :(

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  134. Guys when the Open Beta release will be?????any date?

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  135. This is Great, i Hope i can Test This =D

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  136. It's been 2 years and I'm still waiting on the end of the grief-truck era. What you say you have fixed has not actually been fixed. Just the other day I got blown up by a dump truck, even a cement truck, griefer. The problem is, the truck hits you and bounces you into a wall, pole, civilian car, watever, and you still take massive damage and massive explosion.

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  137. I got a better idea on how to crack down on griefing. Get rid of dump trucks, car surfing and the easter event. Combine all three and it's a non-stop killfest that serves no purpose except to grief other players.

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