apb reloaded

Official Site: APB Reloaded (All-Points Bulletin Reloaded)
Studio: GamersFirst
Launch Date: June 29, 2010
Genre: Crime PvP Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Massively OP's MMO guide to the Steam Winter Sale

Do you have any money left after all of that holiday shopping, travel, and dining out? Steam would very much like to have what remains, if you please, and is willing to trade you some discounted games in return.

Yes, the annual Steam Winter Sale is up and running, which means all sorts of deals for the frugal MMORPG player. We've compiled a huge list of all of the deals -- including discounts of up to 90% off! -- to help you navigate the holiday promotion. The sale ends on January 2nd. Hope it helps!

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Massively OP's guide to the 2016 MMORPG winter holidays

It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!

With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!

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Santa Truck and the PlayStation 4 are coming to APB Reloaded

You'd better not honk, you'd better not drive, you'd better not rage-quit, I'm telling you why: Santa Truck is coming to town. Well, to APB Reloaded's town, at least.

Even though we're still in the thick of November, APB says it's not too early to start preparing for its Christmas event. The team didn't give out much in the way of solid information for this event other than it is coming in a few weeks and will contain the above truck and some rather festive outfits.

However, PlayStation 4 owners can expect a present in their stocking come next month: "We’ve got our fingers crossed for a [PS4] launch prior to Christmas, but we’re at Sony’s mercy. While we’re hoping for the best, we still continue to work on PS4 and we’ll let you know once we have more information on the launch date."

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APB: Reloaded sees UK layoffs, plans PS4 update

"Big, dramatic, and dare I say exciting things are afoot!"

Thus begins APB: Reloaded's latest dev blog, penned by Community Manager Tiggs and Producer Joshua "capnjosh" Clausen. The duo explain that the UK team recently laid off "a number of people" and that "the APB Team will begin to move over to the US office."

"The Future of APB is a bright one - we don’t have any plans of closing down and quite honestly there is a palpable excitement in the air. We do want to move forward with the PS4 release and Engine Upgrade. PS4 update is the main priority right now, since we need to get all platforms up to the same code base before we can complete a number of engine-level changes we all know are of such great interest. Yes, I know you’ve heard all this before; it actually is what needs to happen. We’re hoping to have this (PS4 release) completed in September. I’m not sure of a time line on the Engine Upgrade at this time, and I don’t want to say an estimated time until I can delve into things deeper to see where we are at."

Gamersfirst is also apparently working on a dynamic event system and the moving of Brazilian players to the core servers.

Source: Official site. Thanks, Genobee!

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APB Reloaded soft launches on Xbox One in Europe

The team behind APB Reloaded has been laying down the foundation for the game's transition to consoles, work that is now paying off as the game has soft launched on Xbox One in Europe.

You can probably classify this rollout as more of a test than a true launch, but in any case, European players can now check out the title on Xbox One. A US test was supposed to happen at the same time, but the team decided to delay the release of the soft launch in that region until a later date.

EU players evaluating APB's console edition are advised to be flexible, as the soft launch period will be marked by frequent updates and no cash shop purchases (at least initially).

Curious what APB Reloaded looks like on the console? We've got a customization video for you to eyeball after the break!

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Mark Kern says he'd buy Firefall back if it sunsets

Mark Kern, most recently recalled to MMORPG audiences for volunteering himself as a spokesperson in the Nostalrius World of Warcraft vanilla server ordeal, told followers earlier this month his side of the story of what happened to Firefall, the game built by the studio that he founded and that later ejected him.

Kern says that the game took many twists and turns from an alternate-reality WWII MMO to a sci-fi "MineCraft with war." What shipped after his ejection was, he claims, "a complete disaster."

"Of course, what shipped with Firefall was a compete redo of my original game (they spent six months undoing my game and implementing their own version prior to ship). The Firefall you can play now is level based, more about progressing your character than fighting a war. In fact, I think the war parts (like the Chosen invasions we had) are completely gone. Thumping is gone, crafting is gone, and dynamic quests have been replaced with traditional static quest givers, or job boards. Its pretty much a standard MMO now, instead of the simulated massive war game that I had always wanted to make. It’s really a shame."

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The MOP Up: Blizzard's mobile prospects (May 15, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we'll search our feelings about Blizzard possibly taking some of its IPs to mobile, grapple with Lineage Eternal's delay, find out what Saga of Lucimia defines what an "epic adventure" is in an MMO, discover the launch date for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, and more!

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The MOP Up: Setting a VR world record (May 8, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we'll look at a world-breaking virtual reality record, Trove's musical charity work, a welcome change for Allods Online customers, and more!

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How MMORPG character gear is made in APB: Reloaded

APB: Reloaded has posted a new dev blog this week all about how character wearables are designed and inserted into the game.

"The character and clothing pipeline for APB Reloaded is very convoluted and can get very restrictive at times due to the nature of the game’s customization systems," says GamersFirst. The artist begins with a concept and prototype mockup, then a mockup that follows the rules of what's possible in the game, then high- and low-poly meshes, then morph sets, then texture mapping and templates, and then color masks for end-user customization. Oh, and don't forget actually porting it into the game with the proper specs and icons!

Even if you don't play APB, it's a good look at how gear is made for all MMORPG players who've ever been tempted to think slapping together a cosmetic suit is easy.

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See APB Reloaded's upgraded engine in action

Slowly but surely, APB Reloaded's dev team has been upgrading the game's visuals to a higher level of fidelity. We've seen screenshots before, but today the team posted a sneak peek at the upgraded engine being put through a render test.

In the same post, the devs talked about other projects that they're working on or have completed. The team's added the Euryale to the loyalty reward counter, completed an event tracking system, and is in the midst of giving the official website an overhaul.

Check out the new graphics engine in action after the break!

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The best MMO deals in the Steam winter 2015 sale

It's the holiday season! A time for cuddling up before a cozy fire, enjoying loved ones, sharing memories, and... just kidding. It's time to raid Steam's sales and get some vidya games dirt cheap!

Here's some of the stuff most useful for MMO players this round.

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APB: Reloaded shows off graphic engine improvements

No, your eyes aren't fooling you; APB: Reloaded is definitely looking a lot better these days.

The developers have been working on an upgrade to the game's graphic engine over the past year and are more than happy to show how much better APB looks with the new settings. Among the improvements are a better balanced depth of field, dynamic shadowing, and a rebalanced sky.

"While it's been incredibly slow to get here, we are making great progress and soon all of you will be able to enjoy a nicer visual experience, and our team will finally have the ability to implement new content and areas using the new engine systems," the team said.

Source: APB blog

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