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Monday, August 13, 2012

In the Spirit of Scots and Schoolgirls


Now that 1.9.0 (New Breed Part 2) has made its debut to San Paro, we can take a brief moment to share some of the things going on behind the scenes leading up to the big launch.  We have a few stories of travel and adventure to share first, and then we’ll get into the title of this blog post.
About 2 weeks prior to 1.9.0 launch, some members of our US Team (including myself), went to visit out UK Team. For many of us this was our first time visiting Scotland.  For those of you who are not familiar, our Reloaded Studio is located in Edinburgh, Scotland - a very beautiful European city rich in its history and culture. Our office is located right in the heart of Edinburgh within walking distance to many historical and famous attractions such as the Scot Monument, Edinburgh Castle, and the National Gallery.  Not quite the birthplace you’d imagine for the chaotic world of APB Reloaded.
Let me paint a picture of some of the stark differences between a city like Edinburgh and a city like San Paro.  One city has cobblestone-streets lined with quaint cafes, brownstone buildings, and red double-decker buses passing through.  The other city has asphalt roads lined with looted electronic stores, neon-flashing billboards, and sidewalks littered with pedestrian corpses throughout.  One city was founded before the 7th Century AD – antiquated and European.  The other was founded in the New Millennium- modernistic and Californian-inspired. 




Our journey to Edinburgh did not come without a few hiccups. I’ll start off with the security line at LAX airport.  One of the guys traveling with us forgot about a USB at the bottom of their bag.  This was no ordinary USB, it was a special USB we made specifically for marketing APB Reloaded… and it was in the shape of a bullet!  Needless to say we had to wait for our lucky travel buddy to pass security after some scrutiny. 

Outside of some rain the first day we were there, the rest of the trip was pretty smooth. In a nutshell – lots of meetings, lots of cross training, lots of lunches, plenty of haggis, blood pudding, and whisky.  Not to mention some of the best scones I’ve ever had.  
For one full week the Reloaded team was under one roof in one singular spot on the globe.  Not only did we get the opportunity to spend time with each other in person (versus video conference), we were able to have more in-depth discussions going about our plans for the future and how to move forward with those plans. Included in those plans were the new sets of Gear we had thought about right around the time we launched the Combat Gear and Tactical Gear Packs & Bundles.  Enter scene – Schoolgirl and Highlander Packs!  We are excited to announce that these new additions to the Armas Marketplace will be available this week or next.
What might have inspired this particular combination you might wonder?  Well, the connection to the Highlander Packs and Scotland Weapon Skin I’m hoping is apparent.  Plus if female characters are going to get skirts shouldn’t the male characters get something similar?  So there you have it – Highlander (Enforcer) and Goth Highlander (Criminal) Packs. Both packs include the Scotland Weapon Skin (a.k.a. Saltire Flag Weapon Skin).  One little fun factoid –the kilt included in the Enforcer Highlander Pack was inspired by our Lead Designer’s family tartan.  That’s right – now you can pay homage to Qwentle and family in game!
As for the inspiration for the Schoolgirl outfits, some of you may remember our live-action trailer.  Although, this concept for the Schoolgirl outfits was something the community has wanted for a while perhaps the trailer reminded everyone.  On a side note, one of our artists was inspired by…well… the desire to see female characters in little skirts.  I’m not naming names, however, the in game description specifically for the Schoolgirl Skirt hints that there was some ulterior motives when this pack was conceived.  The in game description says:
“A schoolgirl skirt. 100% cotton and schoolgirl cut. Someone ‘accidentally’ moved a zero from the length to order number category when ordering skirts for San Paro High. This is the result.”
Guess who that “someone” might be? Finally, the fun factoid for the Otome Neko Weapon Skin – this was inspired by one of our very own APB Community members.  Now player-made content has made it into the game and into Armas.  We are pleased to have such a creative player community!
So as I mentioned keep your eyes peeled for these tantalizing editions to the Armas Marketplace we will be releasing this week or next.  You too can soon celebrate APB Reloaded in the spirit of Scots and Schoolgirls. 

24 comments:

  1. Where can I get this APB USB bullet thingy?
    Tell me, NOW!

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  2. Tell me G1, when are Enforcers gonna get clothes that are cooler than Crim stuff? Oh right, never, coz it's been obvious for a long time now what your favorite faction is

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    1. I dunno about that man.

      I think the designers really liked the enforcers because they can arrest the crims and make them suffer longer in general. Crims can loot for more cash but after $100 are risking getting screwed by a team of cops that are ready to pounce.

      I think the Artists proffered the crims due to the great clothes and the large amount of concept art surrounding APB for just them.

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    2. You can have my shitty LTL water pistols if I get proper clothes for all I care

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    3. As i first saw Enforcers i was like "Oh shit, why am i criminal? The enforcer clothes are much cooler!"... I think it's just a matter of taste. I personally like many of the enforcer clothes.

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  3. I'm interested in making some user created content for APB. Are there some mod tools out there that can help me get some assets into the engine?
    :O

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  4. My brain just exploded ... OH GOD, WHY

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  5. So this might be a provocative question, but why should we buy it? Its of course nice to have a new content, but rather than just putting more things on Armas in order to have existing customers wallet out more dollars, have you also considered the possibility of improving the servers performance, so you could perhaps hold on to your existing customers, or making the game more accessible to attract new players? I do believe that in order to have old as well as new customers buying products in Armas, you'll need to give customers a satisfying gaming experience. I know that you’ll of course come with the usual “We’re working on it” song, but I have to confess that my experience with playing APB:R since the closed beta, the gaming experience have not just not improved - it has gotten continuously worse - especially over the last 7 months. And I really feel that the $1000 spent in your Armas store over the last 14 months, really haven’t been worth it - Despite your many promises, and after 16 months of hoping, I’ve come to the conclusion, that you guys just _can’t_ ‘deliver’ a good game.

    Other games have emerged and taken players from APB:R, and yet APB:R have lived on. But with the upcoming CSS:GO, and Borderlands 2, then I keep asking myself, how many more customers you can afford to loose before G1, finally pulls the plug on a game which is already causing a loss for G1?

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    1. They appear to have forgotten that the way F2P games should work is that companies provide a player base with a stable, fun environment they feel compelled to buy items in. Time has proven they are either disinterested or incapable of providing a near bug-free game that has adequately performing servers with respectable cheat detection. I could live with the lack of tangible new content, and put up with the constant recycling of existing things if they could get the core basics down. They've lost me as a customer.

      A neat article to read, but.. Yeah. 'Soon' doesn't cut it after so long. Neither do mini-skirts.

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    2. You should see the whole thing they are doing, and how many they are. If you don't know how long programming and designing takes, that's not their fault. Seriously, they do lots of stuff, and it may appear it's on the wrong sides of the game, but that's only because they do something on every side, just not every patch every side, it's every patch another side. Last patch was a bit of performance, this time it's new clothing. And about these "cheaters"... hackers they are called, because there are no cheat codes in APB afaik... just report them, dev's are banning them constantly. Or maybe you are just not as good as the premade team set against you. It's a teamgame at the end.

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  6. Well Valdemar thats the problem with "f2p" companies. they wanna milk the product as much as possible while using minimall resoruces before it sinks.

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  7. OH yeah scottish skin and clothes woop woop all though i really want to buy the proud scottish skin for weapons and clothes i highly dout i will considering i hardly play anymore cause its just so darn boring

    sry to say G1 but i played the new bread pt2 patch for 2 days and got board of it that fast

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    1. It's boring? It's a lot more exciting than WoW or TOR. I play all the time. It's pretty damn fun to be in big groups. You never know what will happen. Not sure exactly what you are doing in the game. It may be buggy sometimes and have some cheaters, but overall this game is still a lot of fun.

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    2. Yeah you're definitely doing something wrong if APB is boring for you. If you have some friends or a clan with teamspeak to play with, this game can be incredibly exciting and long-lasting. Of course it's not a game for everyone, but I agree that it's better than WoW is now (not as it used to be)... didn't play TOR so i can't compare to that.

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  8. I will be happy if g1 release the Sofia's outfit for us enforce, like the paramilitary exclusive outfits for criminal now is the time for us enforce!

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  9. I've read many times that the devs ain't banning ppl, but letting the slow-ass PunkBuster do it, which it never does. Devs only issues bans in rare cases, and this is what I've read on the forums. Also, with every patch there is some form of optimization to performance, but what many of us have felt, instead of getting same or better performance out of APB:R, its gotten way worse. With EVERY patch, its gone from ok-poor-bad-shit-real shit. Explain that. All in all, i enjoy getting new stuff, but if i can’t play the game, how can I enjoy it? And don’t come calling my rig crap or it lacks performance, cause its way above standard issue.

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    1. Delete your previous config folder and repair. Fixes the 'worse performance' in almost all cases.

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  10. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT NOW SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

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  11. DO WE GET THE SOCKS ON EITHER female CRIM OR ENF PLEASE SAY YESHA fingers grossed xx

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  13. YESSS!!! LOVE IT! I am Scottish and have long thought a kilt suit would be brilliant in this game. what makes it even better, is that the tartan you have used is VERY similar to my families tartan (the Graham clan). I MUST HAVE IT!

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    1. I must point out however that you made a mistake (deliberate or not) with the kilt suit. The kilts themselves are slightly too short, it should come down to the middle of the knee, with the hose almost meeting it at the bottom of the knee. it looks really weird with that much leg on show.

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  14. APB:R magic to me, no other game has thought of a full multiplayer environment with CPU characters to pledge to and full customisable cars, clothes, tattoos and designs for sale! It is perfection in my opinion and if ever someone would like to contact me. I am: MrRecon on the Han( Hong Kong ) server. Thank you G1

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