Community Announcements - Strails
PC Client Upgrade
It is about time that we talk about the next big Blacklight update - including new maps, new items, major infrastructure changes, and some balance changes. Hardsuit Labs and Perfect World are working hard to merge the existing PC US/EU versions of the game with the PS4/Russia version of the game while also making sure the whole process is as seamless for our veterans as possible.

Who Is Hardsuit Labs?
Hardsuit Labs is a totally new Studio formed by the veterans of Zombie Studios. HSL has acquired Zombie’s rights to Blacklight: Retribution and is working with existing partners. HSL is working hard to bring the latest and greatest that Blacklight has to offer to each and every player around the world. This means PS4, PC, and anywhere BLR is, HSL is behind it and actively supporting it.

Our Goal
Content parity. For those of you who are not familiar, content parity is the concept of making sure that your product is equal on all platforms that it is available on. Our main objective moving forward is to have a single version of Blacklight: Retribution across all platforms, and to keep it that way.

Technical Challenges
The current PS4/Russia version of Blacklight is very different from the US/EU version, especially behind-the-scenes. Upgrading the US/EU version to the latest version is going to be a massive undertaking, as we have multiple years’ worth of player data stored in our databases, most of which will need to be updated and made to fit into the new systems.

What this means for existing veteran players is that some of your items will change how they work, and in some cases be completely replaced. We will pay close attention to the balance between the values that is being removed from each player and provide equivalent value in return. We think you guys are totally on board with the idea of making things match up so we can bring out the update. We'll watch for feedback on this topic as well.

The actual upgrade process, after it goes through our battery of tests, will most likely take multiple days’ worth of downtime. The differences between the current version and the new version are so vast that players will also be required to uninstall their current client, then reinstall the new one. The new installers will be made available as soon as the upgrade process begins, which should allow ample time for players to get the latest version of the game while the servers are still down for maintenance.

We are still early in the process, and with so many moving pieces, we don’t want to announce a launch date until we’re confident in the product that we would launch. Regardless of when we can ship the update – we want you all to know that it’s being worked on right now, every day.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming preview blogs on all of the new content. Kick the tires and light the fires, Agents – Blacklight is coming back in a big way.

To hear more from the team check out:
Twitter: @hardsuitlabs

Twitter: @playblacklight

Kael Hammond
Hardsuit Labs

Matthew Pecot
Assistant Product Manager
Perfect World Entertainment

Want to discuss this? We'll be answering questions here and on the official forums.
Community Announcements - Strails
The quickest way to an Agent's heart is a hollow-point. Celebrate this weekend with double the XP and GP gain from missions

Start Time: 02/12/2015 at 11:00 AM PST
End Time: 02/16/2015 at 10:00 AM PST

This weekend, we're also bringing back the community-inspired Prototype Helmets, and having a 15% bonus to charging ZEN. Don't miss out, because these are only available this weekend!

For more information, check out the blogs below:

Bonus GP/XP:

Bonus ZEN:

Prototype Helmets:
PC Gamer

Blacklight: Retribution and Spec Ops developers Zombie Studios will close, the company announced today. Founded in 1994, the Seattle-based studio made the announcement on the official Zombie Studios website, but it doesn't spell the end for free-to-play shooter Blacklight: Retribution. That will fall into the hands of newly formed studio Builder Box, which is helmed by the former Director of Production and Technical Director of Zombie Studios.

"The owners of Zombie Studios are retiring and wish to thank you, our fans, for the years of support you have provided us," the statement read. "It has been awesome working with all the various technology over the years, both hardware and software, growing with the industry and our fans, and producing fun games and technology of our own."

In a statement on the studio's Facebook page, Builder Box promised it would continue to grow the Blacklight universe. "While ownership of the game has changed, the people behind the scenes who have been constantly contributing to the Blacklight universe for the last four years remains intact. Builder Box will be working with Perfect World so that, as a fan, you can look forward to more updates and exciting changes in the coming year."

In addition to Blacklight, Spec Ops and Daylight, Zombie Studios also worked on a military simulator for the US Army. 

Product Release - Valve
The Onslaught Packs, three new content packs for Blacklight: Retribution, are now available on Steam!

The Bronze Pack will unlock everything that has been released in the past year for the game for 7 Full Days
The Silver Pack contains permanent versions of all receivers, gear, and tactical gear.
While the Gold Pack will grant permanent access to every item you could want in Blacklight: Retribution. It contains all receivers, attachments, gear, tactical gear, depot items, armor, heroes, and camo that were released in the last year of the game.

These packs are only available for a limited time so act fast!

Product Release - Valve
The Evacuation Pack, new content for Blacklight: Retribution, is now available on Steam and is discounted until November 8th at 10am Pacific time!

Players equipped with the evacuation pack are ready to compete in the toughest combat Blacklight: Retribution has to offer. Your team will be glad you’re with them when you’re hacking points faster than the enemy can take them and the firepower that Lilith and the Anti-Material rifle bring to the table will give you an edge when you go head to head. All for an amazing price!

Product Release - Valve
The Sniper Kit, new content for Blacklight: Retribution, is now available on Steam and is 50% off until September 7th at 10AM Pacific time!

This loadout specialized for long range combat includes the following:
  • Bolt-Action Rifle Primary Receiver
  • Silverwood BRS Tactical Stock Mod
  • Karane FP-G38 Modulated Scope Mod
  • Allied R97 II Helmet
  • Datalux R2 Skirmisher Leg Armor
  • HRV Blackout MK.1 Tactical Equipment
  • 7 Day GP Boost

Product Release - Valve
Blacklight: Retribution is now available and free to play on Steam!

Wage war with advanced weapons and technology in this free-to-play, futuristic first-person shooter. Deploy devastating armored exoskeletons and utilize lethal hand-held weapons in vicious competitive modes.

For a limited time*, pick up the Blacklight: Retribution Starter pack for 50% off. Perfect for new players, it includes:
- 1 Premade SMG
- 1 Premade Burst Pistol
- 2 Gun Modifications
- 1 Helmet Armor
- 1 Chest Armor
- 2 Equipment Gear
- 3000 Game Points (GP)
- 7 Day XP Boost

*Offer ends July 10th at 10AM Pacific Time.


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