How MMORPG character gear is made in APB: Reloaded

    
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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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Lyrion
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Griffs Lyrion Yes, exactly. APB is so much more than a hacked game. It is quite unique in a world full of similar MMOs. GTA V, CS:GO, The Division etc all have cheats, but people don’t instantly mention this when there’s a post.

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I’m always impressed when games allow you to make items offline and upload them into the game, or art assets for items made in-game, etc. Wish this was more common.

Sorenthaz
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Genobee Sorenthaz mysecretid That’d be nice.  It certainly is unique enough still to do well if it gets the right boosts in a good direction.

Genobee
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Sorenthaz mysecretid Cheating hasn’t really been a -huge- problem for a while now. Fairfight seemingly helped give cheaters a run for their money. What my friends (whom played for years before leaving) primarily complain about is the perceived stagnant state of development coupled with disagreement over the change of staff a few years back. These two things have created enough issue for entire swaths of players I used to know to leave.

It’s one of those games I really want to enjoy. I genuinely do. Yet I haven’t been able to bring myself to play it actively in a very long time now. Which to me is quite saddening. There is just too much wrong with the game and I feel too little has been done to correct it. No offense to the folks making the game of course. I just disagree with a number of development choices made.
I really hope that the engine upgrade helps breathe some new life into this game, and allows them to correct problems they have not had the opportunity to fix in the past.

Genobee
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Pashgan APB:Reloaded is moving from an old custom version of UE3 to one of the later releases of that same engine. UE4 is not in the equation.

Griffs
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Griffs

Lyrion This is the best advice for APB. I am currently on a small break. I will start back playing again tomorrow.

But this is advice for any FPS. There are hackers on all of them. I do find it funny some people think APB is the only hacker FPS

Lyrion
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I came back to play APB this year and I am having fun, most of the time.

There are cheaters in the game, which is sad as the game is a lot of fun as you get better.
Here is my guide to having fun in APB Reloaded:

Keep
off the silver servers, stick to bronze and you can avoid a lot of the
cheaters. Not always, but I would say 90% of my missions I am playing
against non cheaters.
Take a day off every so often.

Spend time designing outfits and car designs.

Do all the events to win better weapons or buy one to help you out. $4 will get you a decent assault rifle and a secondary.

When
you get killed a lot – breath, relax. Beating my inner rage in APB has
helped me in all games and my general level of patience. Who would have
thunk it.

Sorenthaz
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mysecretid Sorenthaz Exactly.  From my understanding the game is still messy.  I think I did see Summit stream it in the past, so maybe it got some popularity off of that.   Maybe the game is still enjoyable at its core, but to me it seems like it’d be better to just buy GTA 5 and play GTA Online if I want something like that.   APB sounds like it still suffers from cheaters which is an immediate turn-off.

Pashgan
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3 years later I’m still waiting for engine upgrade. It look like the devs took gargantuan task with migration of the game from Unreal 3 to 4 – for example Gazillion don’t even plan similar migration in perspective for Marvel Heroes (even though they are bigger company if I understand correctly).

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Sorenthaz 
Indeed. I honestly, and without sarcasm, did not realize that the game was still going.