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APB patches in bug fixes, balance changes, and a new gun

It would be understandable if you felt a little cynical about the future of APB: Reloaded even after its acquisition by Little Orbit, but the new team is genuinely hard at work to improve player experiences. A pair of recent patches dropped back-to-back to improve the game. The first one added a whole new gun, the Showstopper, along with a variety of balance changes like making shotgun pellets more damaging and encouraging greater accuracy on sniper rifles.

After just a day of testing, another patch arrived to provide fixes for issues like a crash related to friend requests, as well as further addressing balance issues by adding new variants of the Anubis. Prototype districts have also been renamed for clarity, so it should be easier to see where you are and where you’re going, in short. It’s all good news for players, and it should show a commitment to providing updates and patches in a timely fashion for the playerbase.


APB Reloaded lays out its roadmap, hopes to bring the game to Unreal 4

With multiple projects in the works and an effort to bring the console and PC versions into parity, APB Reloaded is enjoying actual development and direction these days.

New owners Little Orbit published a roadmap for the troubled MMO, breaking it down into several different tasks. Strengthening the game’s infrastructure (including “cleaning out the cobwebs”) is a high priority, as is integrating a new client-side anti-cheat system and exploit fixes. Other projects include reducing lag, bringing the game up to the Unreal 3.5 engine, adding console features, and actually adding some new content.

Little Orbit said that it also has a second team devoted to working on an Unreal Engine 4 version of the game: “This will not be a short project, but it has lots of miilestones along the way. We are initially focused on getting the third-person shooter mechanics of APB up and running in one of the existing districts.”

Source: APB Reloaded. Thanks Pasha!


One Shots: Fashion patrol coming your way!

Well that is certainly one way to fill up the comments section with tons of screenshots: asking all of you to show of your best and boldest fashion! We had a virtual fashion show last week in the One Shots comments, and here are my personal favorites of the bunch (although most all were tremendous).

First up is UpayaBlossom, who brings some springtime cheer into the dour setting of Secret World Legends. “Oooh… fashion show? I was born ready for this!” she wrote.

Here’s a weird thought. What if all of the enemies in video games were adorable people and we played as the hideous monsters? What kind of fashion would we sport then?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 174: Fallout vs. Elder Scrolls

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin take tentative steps into the early reveals of E3 — including Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls Online, Anthem, and Final Fantasy XIV, all while dealing with a ton of updates and even an expansion launch. June is here, and we’re all gaming hard!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Fallen Earth’s new owners try to sort out a messy situation but aren’t discouraged

It’s one thing to say that you’d like to rebuild an aging MMORPG that you just purchased. It’s another thing entirely to figure out how you’re going to accomplish that.

This is the situation that Little Orbit finds itself in as it attempts to figure out a path forward for the post-apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth. In the first state of the game report that the community has seen in many years, the new owner explained that it is still investigating what it has on its hands and what can be done for this game. The short version: It’s a mess, and it’s going to take a while even to figure out a roadmap going forward.

The company said that it’s attempted to reach out to the former developers, but in the meanwhile it’s going to have to figure things out on its own: “We have all the code, and it is theoretically possible for us to patch the game or the updater. However this code is significantly old. It requires tools that are more than a decade in age, installations of old libraries, and very customized windows installs to even build everything.”

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APB Reloaded targets cheaters for elimination

How weird is it that we’re talking about APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth in 2018? But it actually seems as though the acquisition of GamersFirst by Little Orbit is producing momentum in both games and drawing more attention to them.

First up for APB Reloaded isn’t any sort of fancy content update but rather a patch that’s targeting cheaters and exploiters. But not only is the team cracking down on those trying to skirt around the rules, but it is also unbanning many players that had incorrectly received permanent bans in the past.

“This is the first big step in rebuilding this game as a fun, safe environment to play,” the team said. “Our new client-side anti-cheat is the biggest addition in this update. Our initial implementation should handle a majority of situations, but you can expect that we will continue tweaking this until we’re happy with the results.”

Source: Patch notes. Thanks Pasha!


Little Orbit on Fallen Earth: ‘There is something special here worth rebuilding’

Could the acquisition of GamersFirst — including APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth — be what actually saves these games? Players of these long-abandoned MMOs are holding onto a fresh hope that Little Orbit is going to actually give these titles support, marketing, and development.

For the first time in literally years there is movement on the Fallen Earth front. New forums under the Little Orbit management have opened up with additional features, security, and discussion areas. But that’s not all! Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott told the Fallen Earth community that he not only personally enjoyed the game but feels that it deserves the publisher’s help in rebuilding it.

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APB Reloaded counters cheats, unifies versions, and rallies its community

Ever wonder if the developers behind APB Reloaded are looking at the current boom of battle royale-style games and kicking themselves for not having the foresight to get in on the craze? Always easier to direct things in hindsight.

At least there looks to be a path forward for the PvP title, what with the GamersFirst acquisition by Little Orbit. The dev team recently sat down to talk about the direction that the game is heading, including the decision to add Battleye to counter cheating, building up APB’s infrastructure, fixing mechanics, and unifying the console and PC versions.

This development will benefit the title, which is still sporting an active population no matter what you may assume. Rock Paper Shotgun sent a reporter in to talk to players about why they’re still engaging with APB with so many other options out there. One player said that he feels the title is “like a unicorn” with its unique features, such as the varied missions and creator.

APB has more of an e-sports like feel to it. But it also has its open world,” he noted.


The Daily Grind: What’s your underdog MMO?

It’s easy to take pot shots at Champions Online these days, what with Cryptic hyping up its duration after years of stagnant development. But I’ve also been reading testimonies here and there from people who genuinely love the title and still have fun with it.

That reminded me that we all have our underdog MMOs. These aren’t titles on the top 10 lists of popularity and discussion, yet we still love them anyway. Maybe they have that spark of something special that only a few of us have seen, or perhaps we cherish them despite their flaws. I still carry a weird torch for Fallen Earth, even though it has settled into obscurity and hasn’t done much for years now.

What’s your underdog MMO? Which title do you secretly love and proudly support even though it’s not as cool and trendy as some others?

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Little Orbit details APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth staff shakeup following GamersFirst acquisition

One of the goals for the new owners of APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth is to avoid falling into the same traps as the past. Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott has posted a new entry about the impending changes to community management, starting with Tiggs moving out of her current composite role of producer, community manager, and customer support manager. Instead, she’ll be working in more of an advisory capacity while more people are brought in to more effectively split up her overabundance of responsibilities.

The current customer support manager and community managers from Little Orbit will be stepping in to take over the GamersFirst library. The owners are also rolling out a new support site for the games as well as new forum software, although the existing forum posts will still be available to see. Players are encouraged to keep asking Scott questions about the future, although he acknowledges it can’t be his top priority to answer them immediately. So you might have to wait a little while.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 170: Mild West Online

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin do their darndest to shape the MMO industry by holding up Wild West Online as a cautionary tale and talking about how studios need to think before applying real-world labels to games.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth developer GamersFirst acquired by Little Orbit

It’s been exceedingly quiet for a long while when it comes to APB Reloaded, and it’d be easy to think that the game’s second lease on life had come to an end. But it turns out that other things were going on. Little Orbit has acquired GamersFirst, the company behind APB as well as Fallen Earth, and is promising players in an open letter that more stuff is going to be happening and that this is the start of more active development for APB.

The open letter from Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott states that there’s a lot that needs to be updated, ranging from content to simple quality-of-life improvements, but the first priority is an updated privacy policy and code of conduct, new forums, and a clear development roadmap moving forward. It’s a lot of news all at once, so time will tell how well the new owners deal with the existing properties.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Secrets, Genobee, and Steven for the tip!


Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s new outfit system is close to perfect

I can spend hours with an outfit designer in an MMORPG. When APB was a new thing, I literally spent whole game sessions in front of its customization terminals. And I am only slightly embarrassed at the hundreds of millions of credits that I’ve spent on Star Wars: The Old Republic cosmetic armor. I knew it was only a matter of time before Elder Scrolls Online created its version of an outfit designer to steal away my time and money.

When ESO introduced wardrobes and costumes years ago, I believed that we weren’t going to get anything more. However, Update 17 last week added a new layer of character customization. With the addition of the Outfit System, there isn’t really anything else players need to make their character look the way that they want.

ESO‘s designer takes elements from other outfit systems that work and create its own unique way of allowing players to piece together items. In fact, I would say that ESO‘s outfit design is close to perfect.

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