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Scapes
02-16-2015, 06:03 PM
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Ark hunters, welcome to our latest Defiance Developer Q&A, populated with the questions you're asking on the official forums. Make sure to keep an eye out for the next question collection thread on our forums this week!

Will we see new EGO powers in the future?


We aren't planning to introduce new EGO powers, but we are looking at alternatives that would provide new, activatable abilities through other means.

Are there any plans to tone down some of the graphic displays in the game? Things like the BMG beams, Crimefighter blasts or spikes.


Yes, we do plan on reducing some of the weapons tied to heavy visual effects usage. We have already made a quick pass at the Crimefighter and reduced some of the camera shake and vfx slightly. A second pass at this will still be needed for the vfx itself. As for the BMGs it may take some time to deal with properly.

Will the hair on headgear items ever be changed to match the color of our character's hair?


This is still being investigated by members of our team. We will update you as we make progress.

Can you give us an update on what the team is doing to improve server stability?


This is one of our ongoing tasks – we are constantly monitoring server stability and traffic. There are a few devs that are on call 24/7 to make sure services are functioning within expected limits. We have reports that help us narrow down when these spikes occur and help us investigate what may be triggering them to occur. The data provided allows us to make adjustments to improve the player experience.

Are the new bonus roll mechanics going to be applied to Mission Reward, Vendor, and Named weapons?


Possibly. It’s something we’d like to do, but it’s a tricky task to do in a way that doesn’t impact existing weapons. It’s something we’ll be investigating post-Alcatraz.

What will be the Bit Store price for one Hunter Requisition, and will there be an option to buy in "bulk" for a discount?


The price for a single Hunter Requisition is currently 40 bits, 5 Hunter Reqs for 180 bits, 20 Hunter Reqs for 500 bits. Keep in mind that 1 Hunter Requisition will allow you to play through multiple rounds of Expeditions as long as you do not extract or end the Expedition. A single round of an Expedition is designed to take approximately 20 minutes for the average 4 player group. As with all things currently on PTS, these are subject to change as we go through tuning and test.

Will there be a maximum number of Hunter Requisitions that a player can have, and, if so, what is that limit?


We currently do not have a cap on the amount of Hunter Requisitions available to a character. Also, remember that if you have a Patron Pass you must log in to claim your daily Hunter Requisition.

Can Hunter Requisitions be traded between players?


Hunter Requisitions are a non-tradable currency.

Is the team looking at options for more ways for players to acquire Hunter Requisition?


As with all things on the PTS, we are currently evaluating the data on how players use the Hunter Requisition currency. As it stands now, the current allotment is 1 free Hunter Requisition that all players can claim each week, Patron Pass players can claim a bonus Hunter Requisition each day. What’s on PTS right now is our starting point and based on what we find during testing, it may change.

Do the Radiation perks have any effect on Shrill Grenades?


Radiation perks do apply to the Shrill grenade damage as well as incendiary perks also apply to Pyro grenades. (Technically, the electric perks also apply to Flashbangs, but their primary benefit is not the damage.

Not all players love PvP. In what ways will Alcatraz help players avoid it and still have a full game experience?


The Alcatraz update will introduce Expeditions which are a PvE activity as well as increasing the EGO cap to 6000. Expeditions will have related pursuits that will help you acquire more EGO towards your goal of increasing your character’s EGO. On top of the initial release of expeditions, we plan on adding more expeditions & pursuits in future updates within the coming months. As in the past with Defiance being a Live game we will be adding new content and activities that will encompass players of all types.

Read the article on the website. (http://www.trionworlds.com/defiance/en/2015/02/16/defiance-developer-qa-february-16)

Chris Robet
02-16-2015, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the update on Alcatraz.

txhanon
02-16-2015, 08:36 PM
Your only raising the ego 100?

Alliiara
02-16-2015, 09:18 PM
Will the hair on headgear items ever be changed to match the color of our character's hair?


This is still being investigated by members of our team. We will update you as we make progress.


It's nice to have that one finally answered. :)
Any update on this:

Quite right and that's something I've been putting some thought into. The problem I keep running into is that, to be fair to the people who buy the boxes for them, the price of the direct cosmetic item would have to be relatively high. I suspect the result would primarily be that we'd get a lot of people "vocally displeased" rather than people seeing it as a viable option.

It might be worth a test, though.

Let me put it back into your hands for a minute: if I did cook up something like the above and offer, say, the Night Porter as a direct item in addition to having it in the box, what price point would you expect?
I was so excited when I read this, but there hasn't been any updates yet. :)

nathanpbutler
02-16-2015, 09:25 PM
Your only raising the ego 100?

Yeah, which is funny because the absolute maximum EGO right now for someone who has played since Day 1 and has all the DLC is still a full 101 EGO points above the *new* cap. I think the rationale, though, is to allow those who don't want to play PVP or certain other offerings to still be able to hit the cap without feeling that they must do "everything."

Of course, that leaves those of us who *do* want to do everything with no real benefit from doing so.

Atticus Batman
02-16-2015, 09:35 PM
Yeah, which is funny because the absolute maximum EGO right now for someone who has played since Day 1 and has all the DLC is still a full 101 EGO points above the *new* cap. I think the rationale, though, is to allow those who don't want to play PVP or certain other offerings to still be able to hit the cap without feeling that they must do "everything."

Of course, that leaves those of us who *do* want to do everything with no real benefit from doing so.

They said back in like October they were going to make it so poeple who hit XP cap still got some kind of reward with that unusable XP. I hope they finally tell us what they are going to do there!

Xaat Xuun
02-16-2015, 09:53 PM
any issues with Hunter Requisition, will not be having enough to get into Expeditions, it's how their use is for additional reviving with out getting Auto Extract due to had already used your self revive, and it has not yet regenerated.
The NPC's are tougher and hit harder in the Expeditions, not too many players will be willing to give up Damage or Defense perks, for a slightly faster chance of regaining their self revive type perk.
you'll see a lot more selfish players . ." "I'm not going give up my HR to revive ya bud . . Sorry . . maybe next time", I can see those moments are going to happen . . in a PUG, possibly also in a clan
partial groups going forward, while those that had to use a self revive, might hold back for a little bit, to gain back that self revive

Still no info about the Cyber rigs . . so it is possibly all said here, is just mute, and the cyber rigs will counter all this

MadDogTremor
02-16-2015, 11:44 PM
"Hunter Requisitions".

Just another nail in the coffin for "Day 1" Veterans who already feel they've spent too much on a game that will likely crash and burn when the inevitable "axe" gets dropped on the SyFy series. (I personally give that 1, maybe 2 more seasons).

Markeen
02-17-2015, 01:29 AM
They said back in like October they were going to make it so poeple who hit XP cap still got some kind of reward with that unusable XP. I hope they finally tell us what they are going to do there!

Apparently nothing since we haven't heard anything else about it.

Cyripax NeoPrime
02-17-2015, 02:15 AM
Will we ever be able to mix and match outfits? Possibly let us have a "shirt" and "pants"\ top And bottom category where we can use the top half of one outfit and the bottom half of another. I know there's way more important stuff to work on first......

But there's outfits I love parts of and hate the rest, for example I love the renegade outfit on my character, but absolutely hate the booty shorts that come with it. So I never use it.

Atticus Batman
02-17-2015, 02:57 AM
Will we ever be able to mix and match outfits? Possibly let us have a "shirt" and "pants"\ top And bottom category where we can use the top half of one outfit and the bottom half of another. I know there's way more important stuff to work on first......

But there's outfits I love parts of and hate the rest, for example I love the renegade outfit on my character, but absolutely hate the booty shorts that come with it. So I never use it.


I hate that Irathiant men aren't allowed to wear shirts with the Gulanite miner outfit, but all the other races get shirts!

Cyripax NeoPrime
02-17-2015, 05:21 AM
I hate that Irathiant men aren't allowed to wear shirts with the Gulanite miner outfit, but all the other races get shirts!

I kno rite! Lol

Atticus Batman
02-17-2015, 05:37 AM
I kno rite! Lol

I know my Irath is all muscle, but still not fair. If Irathi men aren't allowed shirts, Irathi women shouldn't either! Give us gender equality atleast, and take away the Irathi women's shirts when they wear the minor outfit!

Graywolfe
02-18-2015, 08:16 AM
I know my Irath is all muscle, but still not fair. If Irathi men aren't allowed shirts, Irathi women shouldn't either! Give us gender equality atleast, and take away the Irathi women's shirts when they wear the minor outfit!

There you go :D. Lets level the field right lol this is a mature game after all.