After 8 years of playing this game and being involved with the community through the game and the forums alike, I've firmly believed that the developers were the ones letting us down. Every update they inched towards decreasing the stability of the game, lost our trust and fed us lies. Every year we'd be thrown a minimal roadmap for us to look forward to while we ate up ARMAS sales like fools, hoping, that just maybe they'll see the money we're willing to spend to see the game live and evolve. We did all we could as a community; tossed them suggestions on the forums, spent thousands on ARMAS and participated in OTW to steer development in the right direction. But, alas, it wasn't enough. Updates came to a halt and the player base heavily declined. I left at the end of 2015, frustrated with the state of the game, and only came back when it was announced the game had been acquired by a new company.
Enter Little Orbit. Our salvation. This company stepped out of their comfort zone from the previous titles they've made and purchased GamersFirst and all of it's games. Since the acquisition they've been making more progress in a few months than the original owners did in years. They've picked up the pieces that were haphazardly strewn about by our old managers and are figuring out ways to put them back together that were better than before. Little Orbit wants to help us. They want to revive our game, regain our trust and support APB for as long as possible with constant updates and communication. Matt and Lixil have been incredibly transparent and helpful, answering any questions we might have about the present and future of the game.
After 8 years of this tug of war between the community and GamersFirst, we're finally seeing progress in our favor. And yet.. the community is so quick to backlash new advances and methods to progress communication between the two fronts. It's incredible that some are so quick to bite the hand that feeds us when something minimal happens. I hope those individuals are happy that we're now losing communication in one form due to the minuscule stream mistakes that spawned yesterday's drama. We're getting what we've wanted for years and if more of these unnecessary conflicts happen then we will end up in the same situation as we were with the original GamersFirst team. We hold the power to change the course of the game for the better and in our image, yet we're squandering that chance. Now I can see that this time it won't be their fault if it strays in that direction: it will be the community's fault alone.
For the first time in 8 years I can actually say I am disappointed in the community and their recent actions.