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Hi, I'm Linus.

I've been around these parts for a pretty long time handling things on a bunch of different titles we're previously published, so if you know me already, cool. If not, I'm pleased to meet you. Going forward, I'll be taking over a few responsibilities on APB; if the how and why of this interests you, skip to the bottom of this post. If all you care about is the game, read on.

Threat changes. Without going into details (because if I do they will change), we're definitely looking at, and might be close to, a solution to the current threat system, the end goal being that you'll be able to once again play with friends regardless of threat level differences. This, however, doesn't necessarily constitute the end to threat changes – we wanted to get this out relatively quickly, but the very reason threat was changed in the first place was to make sure the early game isn't so unfriendly to new players. That's likely a goal we'll still need to pursue after this patch, but obviously that goal should always come second to making sure the game isn't broken for everyone who's been playing forever. We'll be taking a more measured approach to this if we proceed with threat changes in future patches.

Performance/lag issues. We've identified one cause of performance issues to be how APB plays on certain newer Nvidia drivers. Nvidia is working with us to include optimizations for APB that will roll out in their next driver patch, so definitely make sure to keep your drivers updated. We won't assume this will put an end to all performance issues, so we will continue to work to find and remove any further issues.

Regarding why you're suddenly seeing me here, as of last week I am the Producer for APB Reloaded. As such it is my sad duty to officially announce that, as some in the community have already pointed out, part of these changes mean that Jericho, Quinzel, Jotunblut, Revoemag, and Farfletched are no longer with the Reloaded team. Each spent the last 3 years working to make APB the best game possible, and in some cases had been with Gamersfirst even longer. Developing and operating a free-to-play game can be complicated, difficult, exciting, and thankless, and while I will miss them all considerably, I look forward to congratulating them on whatever new adventures they find themselves on next.

Development on APB, of course, continues ever onward, now with an enhanced focus. My goal is to ensure that in the months and years to come, APB lives up to its vast potential. I'm very excited to share more details with you about what this means, and will continue to reveal more updates as I can.

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Damn, so many of them left :/

Well, nice to meet you good sir. I hope to see who else might be joining the crew in the future

Edited by Kaszt, 16 September 2013 - 05:32 PM.


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View PostLinus, on 16 September 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

Jericho, Quinzel, Jotunblut, Revoemag, and Farfletched are no longer with the Reloaded team.

Bye :(

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so there are like 4 new people right?

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so maybe there is hope for my gtx690 which had not lagged before to cease lagging soon? my biggest reason to boycott the game right there.

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But. Why wait till now to say this?

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Hello Linus, never seen you but glad to see you here as well. ^.^

Sad to see the other members of the Reloaded team go, sorta wondering why 5 of them left at once but meh, prob isn't good news.

Anyways, Good Luck, and Welcome. :applause:

View PostLinus, on 16 September 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

Development on APB, of course, continues ever onward, now with an enhanced focus. My goal is to ensure that in the months and years to come, APB lives up to its vast potential. I'm very excited to share more details with you about what this means, and will continue to reveal more updates as I can.

Enhanced focus, interesting choice of words there, but definitely brings some more hope to the board. Also interested to see the new threat changes.

Edited by Noob_Guardian, 16 September 2013 - 05:41 PM.

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Wow that is pretty severe... no more farfletched remixes :(
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View PostLinus, on 16 September 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

Regarding why you're suddenly seeing me here, as of last week I am the Producer for APB Reloaded. As such it is my sad duty to officially announce that, as some in the community have already pointed out, part of these changes mean that Jericho, Quinzel, Jotunblut, Revoemag, and Farfletched are no longer with the Reloaded team.

wait so you alone replaced 5 different people?
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Nice to meet you too, Im the profile creeper. And grats on your new position, still sad to know all that people is gone though :(

One quick question: who is the community manager now?

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is it just Jericho, Quinzel, Jotunblut, Revoemag, and Farfletched, or some other lesser know people too?

and i assume there has been people to replace them?
are there now, or planning on to be, more, less, or about the same amount of people working on the game now?

any word on server performance updates?
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How will this affect 1.13?

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Fond regards Jotun and Jericho <3 :adoration: Good luck also to Revoe, Quinzel, and Farfletched.

I hope that this is the beginning of a new stage for this game. The segregation and the servers/routing MUST be attended to, before all things.

And what of their empty positions?

Last but not least hello Linus, welcome to the jungle....

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When is patch 1.13 coming?

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Maybe this game can actually be revived with newer management

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Hopefully you can take it on and not get too frustrated.
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I just would like to say...Linus is a majestic patootie name, also from Charlie Brown.

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I'll be happy to hear about threat segregation being fixed when I see it in patch notes. I know development takes time but, seriously, you can't roll out a patch that breaks something and then leave the game in such an annoying-to-play state for months. It's crazy. Even if threat segregation is fixed, what about the new spawn system? It still favors defense so much it's not even funny. Defense was always slightly easier but now it's incredibly easy and it shouldn't be. If anything, attacking should be slightly easier because when the attacking team wins a stage, it doesn't really count for anything. All it does is progress the mission toward the winner-take-all final stage. When defense wins it's game over for the attackers.

Anyway, good luck with your new position, Linus. I don't envy you =P

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You have no idea how happy I am, hopefully you guys reach out to the community more.

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Good luck to those guys who left. Sucks seeing nice people go, but with all due respect, maybe this internal structure shakeup will result in a better game for all of us.

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View PostLinus, on 16 September 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

Performance/lag issues.
Silly me.. I thought this would be about the crap servers... Turns out, it's about Nvidia's "superior drivers" :troll_face:
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hm, maybe its that time where they improve this game

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The stories coming from the production team has more twists and turns than the movie "The Butterfly Effect".


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Reading this guy's twitter, he seems like good news.

He is a grammar nazi. I expect no typos from you.

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A fresh start is what we need. Just make sure you keep your GMs on a leash and out of social district mass banning people for stupid reasons and in action districts investigating people. Then i will be happy with where this is going.

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Sad to see all of them go, but oh well. I guess we'll just have to see where APB:R goes now with new people.

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View PostSnipey, on 16 September 2013 - 05:50 PM, said:

The stories coming from the production team has more twists and turns than the movie "The Butterfly Effect".

I'm sure i will be able to listen through the whole thing.... without getting butterflied :troll_face:

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So things are changing around here then, hm? Well lets see what comes of it. So far the vastly improved communication is already a step in the right direction. I just hope you've got more tricks up your sleeves new guys! :)

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Linus, do you have a ETA on "Overkill" server hardware upgrade, G1 has being promising us since February, I don't see how Nvidia driver update is going to do jack to improve G1 sub-par network and server hardware.

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Welcome aboard Sir. :notworthy:

I'm sad of hear about our well known staffers gone, however I feel that now there will be a even better communication with the community and a better treatment of our concerns since, although I bet they tried their best, there was a huge lack of comformity from the community on the way the things were being habdled, from ghost reports that ended nowhere to supposed "admin friends" cheating...I don't know, I hate people who talked trash about them but of course these things made lot of us think twice about that.

I hope we get great news soon and often and I wish you the best luck with your tasks Linus, however I don't think that you need luck as it seems that you already have "experience" which is much mroe worthy! :thumbsup:


And be aware! We are a bunch of players here we a lot of expectatives for our beloved game!!!

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View PostSupaHot, on 16 September 2013 - 05:52 PM, said:

Reading this guy's twitter, he seems like good news.

He is a grammar nazi. I expect no typos from you.

Fair warning while you're in there, if you haven't watched all of GoT (or haven't read up to halfway through Storm of Swords) there might be some spoilers.

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I'll miss Farfletched's music updates, I'll miss Jericho's typos, but I will not miss Jotunblut's locked/closed topics. I never liked Revoemag because he was always just a kid who seems to have been playing with some popular violators of TOS, and I have no idea about Quinzel.

Maybe this is G1 saying "ya dun g00f'd!"

Maybe APB will actually improve now instead of being dragged down by terrible game patches, terrible server performance, a terrible cheating problem and so on...?

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Wait wait... wasnt Farf your audio guy? Who is doing audio now?

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Guess there will be decent to high expectations, hope you can handle that. :viking:

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View PostLinus, on 16 September 2013 - 05:58 PM, said:

Fair warning while you're in there, if you haven't watched all of GoT (or haven't read up to halfway through Storm of Swords) there might be some spoilers.

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Now that the dead weight is gone! lets get this game improving! I got faith in you guys!



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