Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Engine Upgrade Video, Loyalty Reward and More!

Hello San Paro,

In this month’s blog post we are featuring a sneak peek of the upcoming engine upgrade. Much of the community has been eagerly waiting to see more of the engine upgrade in terms of the world and combat so we wanted to share some more of these game aspects with you.  Please sit back and enjoy the Asylum district in a way never before seen in APB Reloaded.

Now as a special surprise for the community. Those who ask for a New Loyalty Reward shall receive a New Loyalty Reward!

New Loyalty Reward

Originally intended as an ARMAS release, we have decided instead to add the Euryale to the Loyalty Reward Counter. The Euryale is an LMG from the same blood as the Medusa, however this variant does not come with Intelligent Recoil Stabilizer mod. When the Euryale is released this weapon will be retroactively rewarded to players who have already qualified through ARMAS purchases. Stay tuned for more updates and information on the Euryale as it becomes available.

While the development on the engine upgrade advances, developers outside of the gaming group have been adding some additional value to APB Reloaded through these projects:

Event Tracker System

One item that the team has recently put together is the Event Tracker system. The tracker was created from the communities desire to have a way to track progress in various events.  We didn’t just want to have a tracker but also reduce the time it takes for a player to receive a reward from completing an event. In the past there was a significant delay from completing and event to receiving a reward, the event tracker has taken care of that problem by rewarding a player, typically, within five minutes of completing an objective.

What’s Next for the Event Tracker System

In the past few weeks the Event Tracker has been expanded from Mission Completion events to an array of new objectives. A new multi-objective mode is being added in which events will become more challenging but will also offer greater rewards for those who complete it.  Being a game with a strong community, we also wanted to expand the system to support clan based challenges. This will be another focus point for expanding the event system down the road.

Lastly, there is a known bug in the system where some players who complete the event within the final hours of the event do not receive a reward.  That is definitely something that will be fixed, however, in the meantime a quick ticket to customer service will get that issue resolved for you.

At this point, the Event Tracker has required no development time from the game development team which has freed them up to wrap up development on key projects which are due for completion this year.

APB Web Site

This is another project which the web team has started preliminary work on. The web site will be released in phases, with the first phase containing the following core features:

  • News (Filterable by Type)
  • Media (Screen Shots, Images)
  • Game (Information about APB Reloaded)
  • Community (Currently consisting of forums)

There may be additional features added within the first phase but they are not part of the core feature set. Additional phases may offer more in-depth guides, improved community area, statistics and more.  Here is a sneak peek of the web site:

Final Notes

Right now the team is under a tremendous workload completing everything in the new engine and readying everything for the new platforms. Once the new systems are launched we look forward to finally returning to expanding “the world of APB" with the new tech in place.

In the meantime, hats off to the community for being some of the most passionate gamers out there and displaying a tremendous amount of patience while the team wraps up development.

Till next time!

-The APB Reloaded Team