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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Account Wide Permanent Weapons to launch June 28

On June 28 we plan on launching the long anticipated Account-Wide Permanent Weapons feature.

It has taken quite a bit of back-end re-engineering to support this feature, but from a player perspective it makes total sense, and this feature makes your account as a whole more valuable, and also brings more purpose and meaning to having additional character slots now that all your slots will be able to equip the same permanent gun you have purchased.

At the launch of this feature we will convert ALL CURRENT PERMANENT WEAPONS held in your account to the account-wide version of the same gun.

Therefore ANY permanent weapons you purchase between today and June 28 (at the current lower prices) will become account-wide on the day of conversion (at the ‘single permanent gun’ price).

AFTER the conversion, going forward players will have the option of buying ‘single character permanent weapons’ (at a lower price) and more expensive ‘account wide permanent weapons’ (the latter of course given to ALL your characters in an account).

Now, there are people that have purchased two of the same permanent gun for two different characters on their current account. For those players we will refund the G1 credits used for the second gun +20% bonus credits that were part of that second purchase.

In most cases though it appears people have purchased different permanent guns for their multiple characters, and for those players the change will just means that ALL their account-wide characters can now access all the guns.

We will send out more details before the change-over takes place, especially while we are performing our last minute sanity checks over the course of the next 8 days to make sure the change will not cause any other issues along the way.

Cheers,
/TechMech

34 comments:

  1. So Permanent weapons will be cheaper now for Single character purchases? And Account Bound will be the same current price?

    That would be perfection. One can dream, right?

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  2. Good stuff. Hopefully there will be an easier way to sort weapons out now, also. Not sure how many people have the problem, but I have an excessive amount of weapons and would love to be able to sort them by weapon type or, in a perfect world, be able to set the guns I use the most as favorites for quick changing.

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  3. Actually - as luck would have it - we have recently hired additional talent in UI and UX engineering, and have recently upgraded the game engine to support Scaleform from version 1.9.0 of the game, which means we will finally have the ability to rebuild the entire UI in a far more elegant manner.

    At the risk of sounding way too technical here; the first APB release didn't support Scaleform and used Unreal's Kismet system.

    However, the conversion from using original Kismet to Scaleform will take some time since they will have to rebuild the entire UI from scratch. BUT, this is all underway and a critical project for us, so therefore now is the time to propose any suggestions for UI fixes/improvements you have been looking for. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

    /TechMech

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    1. Well, as far as weapons go, sorting and favoriting would be great. Also having the ability to create loadouts that can be changed to in 1 or 2 clicks would be a nice steamline. Kind of like how the clothing system works now, except with weapons and character mods instead. You'd still have to wait to resupply, but would save you from having to jump through a ton of extra menus.

      But the UI suggestions thread is chock full of ideas.

      Also, this may not be anything that a UI designer would mess with, but you should make tooltips that reference a specific area of the screen. Like instead of having a box that pops up at the bottom that goes ignored have a chat bubble type of marker that points to whatever the tooltip is trying to explain (e.g. if the tooltip is explaining how to change a weapon it will highlight the weapon, then highlight the change button and after clicking will highlight a new weapon to change to, then highlight the select button). I'd say that the lack of a tutorial is the main thing hurting the game since the community isn't all that helpful, this would go a long way towards remedying that.

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    2. Great update and news!!! One suggestion from me would be GENDER CHANGE, I know that aint 2 easy to implant but think about how happy many players would be! Just have it in mind and good luck with everything. Cheers

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    3. I've noticed a graphic bug with the cars, when you open a door you can see colorfull spots inside the door sometimes, that's one thing, and you could add a refund system as the game League of Legends have(I played it before but then I quit cause I found apb) you have a menu with the items you bought the last 30 days and then you can refund 3 of the items on the list, would make it easier for you supporters and for the player. Just my opinion

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  4. I love you guys (gals). No homo. Awesome job!

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  5. Does it count if we brought a permanent weapon before today?

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  6. Yep. Anytime until the conversion date. All permanent get converted.

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  7. Pfff, more money for account wide, yeah figured.

    What about perma weapons we unlocked? you know RTW and CLosed Beta rewarded JG? My Obeya Silenced pistol from the tactical pack, my Perma PMG I got from a code? Do I get those?

    Also you know $50 is bad enough for perma guns and alot of players weren't going to buy them. When they heard account wide they decided they would when it happened ... now you are going to charge them extra? Bad business move my friends, you should have left the price the same that way players would but them (greedy I guess).

    Also you mind explaining to me what an HVR Dvah and Ntec Dvah, Joker CR-5, and 3 slot Joker Carbine all cost about $50, while 3 slot OCA, PMG, JG, NFAS, ALIG, SHAW, ext are all like sub $20

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    1. Not trying to sound mean (sorry World of Tanks is pissing me off), but I just feel this is not a very big step forward. Maybe I over looked something

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    2. I'd say that those guns specifically cost more because they're dominant in their niche (N-TEC is the best assault rifle, HVR is the best sniper rifle, SR315 is the best gun in the game) so they charge more because people will pay it. Hell, I have 2 perma CR-5s and 2 perma HVR Dvahs.

      It may not be a huge step forward, but for anyone who likes to play more than one character it's a nice change and for anyone who only plays one character, it sounds like it will make the game a bit more affordable.

      It's a simple, more elegant approach to handling weapon purchases that will potentially increase revenue for the game. I'll hold my judgement until after the change goes through and we actually get to see what the new prices will be. If permanent, account-wide weapons keep the same price that they have now (about 5,000 G1C before premium and other discounts) then the change will be a win-win for anyone who was on the fence because of only being able to use a weapon on a single character.

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    3. Ange1 - I think you misunderstand. ALL your permanent guns go account wide. Your Perma PMG from a code etc. Those are included.

      Also, note that we have not yet announced pricing after June 28.

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    4. I guess WoT makes us all pissed ;)
      - atterdag

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    5. Okay just making sure. I partially was looking at this as "well Armas purchases could be easily tracked unlike some other items" ... but good to know (glad to see this was worked, now if only perma clothing, as I would love to have some of my clothing on other accounts ... wait my cowboy hat is restored, shoot).

      Also I guess we'll have to see the prices, I mean maybe a $5 increment wouldn't be so bad, but I fear we'll see $15 up. My advice don't go beyond $5 and if you must keep it under $10.

      Also as for the supreme weapon part.
      Ntec Dvah, CR-5, and STAR R&D III = $50.
      HVR Dvah, DMR R&D III, Scout PR1 and PR2, Silenced HVR = $50.

      So no real weapon dominance behind it there

      And yes WoT made me mad, very mad, so mad ... well I just stopped playing for awhile (LOL sorry no epic climax)

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    6. Sitting Duck, Hazardous and Nano from the Joker Mystery Boxes too?

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  8. Keep up the good work.. guys.. @Bjorn.. thanks for the feedback.. nice seen some good progress and the input of near future changes and improvements ;)

    every Rand spent on G1 credits i think was worth my bit of lag and patience to see room for improvements just hope to keep that 245Latency steady with the new UI changes so its not a resource Killer. anyways good work.

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    1. Thanks Nathan for your support! It makes the game possible!

      If we get sufficient people from ZA maybe time for a local server. Not sure we have enough local players yet though...

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  9. And not to ask too many questions, but will there ever be a way to transfer rewards from Joker boxes? I have two 4-Slot Ciscos that I'm never going to use sitting in my mailbox that I wouldn't mind passing on to someone else, if only I could forward the mail to others. Same goes for hundreds of 3-5 day lease weapons that I don't have any need for.

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    1. Not sure. That has to go back to our designers as an idea.

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    2. Thanks for the replies. I'll leave you alone now.

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  10. Hi TechMech ! Good news thank u <3 ! but what about client optimizations ? i have good PC i can run all games on max settings without lags but apb hard lagging... some optimizations coming with 1.9.0 update ?

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  11. Are the Retail weapons (RT1) going to be account wide to?

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    1. It account wide right now.As well as other items from the retail box.

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  12. Thanks you for this! That was much desired.

    So, what about leases?
    With the joker boxes, a lot of people ended up with weapons they will probably never use on the character that got them, but that they would use on other chars on their account.

    Given the amount of money G1 got from these boxes, it would be a nice gesture to allow the players to move those weapon leases they got from the boxes between characters. They invested money in them, after all.

    This is, in my opinion, as important as account wide permanent weapons.

    Also, I hope that in the future, it's character bound weapon which will be made cheaper than it is now, and not account bound weapons which will be made even more expensive than perma weapons are already.

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    1. "Given the amount of money G1 got from these boxes, it would be a nice gesture to allow the players to move those weapon leases they got from the boxes between characters. They invested money in them, after all."

      This +1

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  13. You guys aren't going to keep the current perm gun prices the same for single acct guns and raise prices for acct wide.. that would really be mean.

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  14. for the new UI it would be nice to have the possibility to just sec. mouseclick a player from the scoreboard (dropdown-menue) and addfriend/whisper/ignore him.

    the most usefull thing you could do to this game is MORE DATA from player-hit feedback!!!!!!!! so if i get killed i would like 3 things to know:
    -) how many shots where fired
    -) and how many shots hit me
    -) at what range

    i would love to record ingame-content through a ingame-function. i know this would require 3rd party licence for codex, maybe you could build something for VP8, its free right?

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  15. I've been playing since last December and never once been close to buying a permanent weaponb ut now it looks like I will, keep up the good work! looking forward to future updates too!

    also does this mean we could see account-wide clothing and car kits? thanks.

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  16. What about other Armas Items like Clothes and Car Kits?
    Are there any Plans to make the Car Kits account wide too?
    Because i don't feel like spending a fucking high amount of money for some Car Kits for only ONE Car which is only for 1 Character.

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  17. Umm please tell me the Joker Box guns WILL NOT be accoutn wide? Last think we need is a player walking around with 7 nanos, that will seriously screw up the in game marketplace (that or make it so they can't be traded on the other accounts)

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  18. Hi again, I am a long time player...since the beginning of APB the first owner...I have the cd game APB....I am happy you all have made this game happen again. Thank you. I have a question. Why do I have all my perm weapons in all my characters lockers EU1 and East Coast NA but I do not have the whisper perm I bought today in all of them....just the EU1 locker. I need to have that perm whisper in my EAST Coast lockers just like I have all the other perms in all the lockers. Please help me understand why I do not see the perm whisper in my east coast characters accounts. Thank You for all you do to make this game a blast.

    VC

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