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Hi all. This will be a very long TL:DR topic, so if you are one of those annoying childrens go away, im only interested in seeing what peoples think about the current state of the game and its future. So, let's begin. In the last month the game keep losing population, interest, less streamers cover it, less youtube channels do the same etc. Th advertising part is obviously dead, or never been a thing in the lasts... 6/7 years, and even if there was something, wasn't really made too popular or really visible. Argoments i wish to get an update on are these: - Names of chars and clans releases; - APB Brand Expanding in Asia and other details about that situation, which aren't at all clear; - EMP Granade; - New Vehicle; I can say for sure that if we don't have any news there aren't really thigns to talk about those argo, but the hype, the expectations, the waiting, everything is actually dead, totally. Isn't very cool honestly, because as of many of the playerbase left forever and many are waiting were hoping at least for something, after years of broken promises and no communications from G1. Everything past the Engine, the Customer Support (which is ended now), is totally silent, except few things said in the last blogposts, nobody from the talks about something, nobody announces new plans, new details, idk, anything new or not yet seen. The new vehicle for example, we don't even know how it is, how is gonna be called, which type of car is, how will impact the current gameplay choices, we don't know nothing about it, and is hilarious. Maybe the only thing we know is the name? "The Mirage"? Im not sure about that. The EMP Granade at least got a detailed description of it, how it works, how it will affect the gameplay choices, the envoirments, the characters, the vehicles etc. Talking about something other, why Little orbit really seems to not putting any efforts into publishing Legendaries and in general new items into the game? Well.. i wonder that also. STS Films always, or almost always, released trailers, teasers, and even very funny videos or series, episodes about apb, incredibly detailed descriptions of upcoming guns, showing how are used, what you can do and how that specific item will help you out, will make you decide to choose that. Little orbit, if im not wrong, never put out 1 video about their Legendaries, never put any effort into these things and i really can't understand why. Im not one of those peoples who buy something only based on images or from random youtube videos where they don't even talk about the details but just playing with that thing. A player could also skip one item, just because there isn't an official trailer, or something, to really listen, to really understand how That object is going to help you and how it is made. Few examples: https://youtu.be/F_T3McI5J0U https://youtu.be/DoZV43vmjVg https://youtu.be/E6GoUeJVbdg Alright, alright, calm down. STS Films isn't G1 and G1 isn't STS Films, but at least we could see, we could get excited, we could laugh, and in general was also a very cool thing to do together the community. None of that is now present. Even if STS Films is not at all connected to G1, things remain the same, nobody do videos like that for apb anymore, nobody. Also G1 published couple trailers about events, GM minigames, kill the dev etc, when LO doesn't. I really don't want to mark the different between the two companies but LO while being "not like G1", "not silent", is taking similar paths, which i don't like at all honestly. The only youtuber i really watch is Hei, and is the only one that i would suggest to who want to see real and uncut, clear, APB gameplay. Little Orbit don't even upload teasers for new events, maybe the only one was RIOT, which was that funny mode that needed to be permanent with full fledged Season Pass, different type of unique items, rewards, stylish visuals, effects, and a changed district map, customized for that same mode + much other. After that Matt came up saying "Oh but was just an experiment". An experiment with all that behind? Aight.. and then i do believe that Santa Clause exist, because he does . Will blame whoever try to tell is not true. Well, apart from that, could we see maybe an early look at Halloween and Christmas events? The game is literally dying, suffering form its orrible state, and nothing is really happening, could we get some hype? could we get some good news also about the new engine apart from the classic weekly update? At the end, to finish, what are the plans for the next years? What LO have in their secret pockets? What are the multi-year improvements and/or updates? Are we Ever going to know about them, if any? Let me know what you think and what you "expect". Would be cool if someone from the team or from SPCT to comment under here also, to give.. some "extra" details on things i talked about, if allowed obviously. Lastly, peace and love, stay safe, Inside and Outside, use the mask to protect yourself and the ones around you. happy reading, Alisha.
Matt Scott, and his company Little Orbit, have allowed the game to get to an almost unplayable state, so much is common talk amongst the frustrated playerbase of APB. Moreover he is placing so much of his attention on trying to deliver even a slither of that promise to "upgrade" APB, which has been almost comical in the way the promise keeps getting downsized. All this is part of his failure to do his due diligence before acquiring APB: Reloaded, he failed not only to know the game and its deep rooted issues, but he also failed in knowing his team and their capabilities. Currently a new player entering the game will be faced with players who — as they gained experience in APB over the course of thousands upon thousands of hours — also lost their basic decency and sportsmanship in the process. That is what APB does; it is a toxic wasteland, it grinds down a person's humanity if they aren't careful to preserve it. The new player will get stomped out by pre-made teams of highly experienced veterans of APB, and if they should be so lucky that a highly skilled veteran should end up on their side, that veteran is likely to refuse to play in a team with a newbie, will not make an effort, in order to preserve their ego, or outright restart the game to get out of the team of the new or low-skilled player. You should be aware how highly developed the sense of fairness is in human beings, and none of this feels fair. No technological breakthrough will make this better, LO could figure out how to make APB run on a quantum computer for all I care, and still the community would be defeating any possibility of the game's recovery. If Matt Scott wishes, I can outline for him all of the toxic behaviours that I see in the game, I'll be a wasteland tour-guide if he needs me to, just so that he gets a grasp on the reality. If you can not make the game feel fair, perhaps you should give players an escape. Those players who would outright quit APB because of how unfair PvP feels, might be kept in by further PvE options, if PvE were viable to avoid PvP, and to progress contacts. I do not know what percentage of the APB community would be "pacifists" just looking to customise their characters and vehicles and do co-op activities, but I would say that already at least 10% of a district will have these wallflowers hanging out, who only occasionally will play missions, and not for long, as they are not able to be competitive. These wallflowers could be another source of cash-flow for this cash-starved game, perhaps a PvE district is in order, wherein you would flesh out these cooperative rather than competitive activities. This would not negatively impact the players available to missions, since these "wallflowers" rarely actually participate in missions, and take up district slots. You could incentivise them to spend time, and money, and clear them out of mission districts with a PvE district. I just can not stand the sense that so much hope is placed on a performance upgrade. Then again, perhaps Matt Scott knows these deep-rooted issues, and he doesn't actually think he can get this game up to a viable orbit again, he just keeps it around as a training environment for his devs, as he claimed that R.I.O.T mode was, in the end.