Last time I discussed All Points Bulletin (in July), I was enjoying its resurrection but concerned about several of the drastic changes resulting from the Realtime Worlds to Gamersfirst transition.
1. Drastically smaller development team, (slower updates, slower fixes)
2. Free to play, cash shop model
It is now 2 months since then.. and regrettably, my fears have come true. It has been more than a month since any significant content updates, the previously hinted new districts and game-modes are nowhere to be seen, and the official blog is now rarely, if ever, updated. I cannot help but feel that the studio has shifted into "market and maintain" mode and away from development, but I do hope that I am wrong in this.
As for the cash shop model, a new advertisement pop-up has been added that interrupts your gameplay, daily cash-shop deals are constantly promotedy, and un-subscribed players have drastically lower mission rewards - low enough that you will not be able to sustain a decent armory of weapons and vehicles unless you pay for a premium account, or buy permanent weapons. In other words, you will be struggling to maintain weapon leases and ammo purchases if you choose to remain an unsubscribed account.
What is your take on APB's state of the game? Is Reloaded Productions preparing itself for a significant content patch? Or is the slowed development just a permanent effect of the much smaller development team?