Community Announcements - Persef
Hotfix 2.17 is about to turn live! We are releasing a quick hotfix to resolve some issues. We had some issues that we rushed out a fix for so you can continue the fun BLR experience.

Bugs fixes for PC:
  • Crash fixes
  • Fixed a bug using a taunt in more than one slot
  • Fixed a bug where carrying Rival Agent / Warlord when switching teams
  • Suicide notifications are now fixed
  • Various bugs with the Revival Injector
  • Fixed a bug in Onslaught where the dead player's body would be deleted too quickly
  • Fixed a bug in Onslaught where the match would start when not everyone opted to Ready Up
  • Various backend fixes
  • Level restrictions for playlists / matches should now be fixed
  • Smoothed out ping
  • The Easter baskets should now be visible
  • Friend List sorting should now be fixed
  • Various issues with Revival Spawns should now be fixed
  • Fixed a bug where the player would have 8 taunt slots is now fixed
  • No spectating when in Training Mode
  • Invisibility bug is now fixed, if you can see it :P
  • Bug with the Pink Bunny Ears trophy is now fixed
  • The correct message should now appear to Onslaught players if they aren't in first place
  • Spectating abuse should be fixed now
  • Player selection context menu should now be fixed
  • Level restrictions on PC is now fixed
http://www.hardsuitlabs.com/2016/03/hotfix-2-17/
Mar 21
Community Announcements - Persef

Starting on March 22nd and lasting until April 5th, we will have a Spring Event.

Be sure to play it while it lasts!



The Spring Event has an ultimate mission. If you collect all 10 Bunny Ear Trophies before April 5th, 2016, you will get a special Helmet reward. THIS WILL BE AWARDED ON THE 6th of APRIL.The Helm of Caerbannog (pictured in the above ad). There are four missions below that will grant you the first four ears. The rest of the Bunny Ears you will have to find out how to earn!

Egg Basket Hunt - Mission
This mission will be achievable in the Egg Hunt Playlist for the Spring event. Similar to the St. Patrick's Day Playlist, you'll be collecting eggs in egg baskets. The eggs dropped in each basket will be randomly generated.



Hunting Rabbits - Mission
In this mission you will need 1500 kills with the Shortgun AR-k before the spring event is over! 

Run Rabbit, Run! - Mission
For this mission, you will need to sprint for 4,000,000 steps in Last Team Standing before the Spring Event comes to a close.

Simply to Dye For - Mission
Play 100 matches in Domination before the Spring event is over!

Holiday Items
  • Helm of Caerbannog Helmet
  • Bunny Ears Red Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Green Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Pink Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Magenta Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Blue Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Cyan Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Orange Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Purple Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Yellow Trophy
  • Bunny Ears White Trophy
  • Dyed Hard Blue Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Green Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Pink Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Purple Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Yellow Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Blue Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Green Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Pink Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Purple Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Yellow Weapon Camo

In Closing
We hope you enjoy this update and new content, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. As always, if you find any new bugs or glitches please report them via the Blacklight Service Desk HERE.
Community Announcements - Persef

Starting on March 8th and lasting until March 22nd, we will have a St. Patrick's Day Event.

Be sure to play it while it lasts! More information located here:
http://www.hardsuitlabs.com/2016/03/st-patricks-day-event/


Pots Of Gold - Mission
For St. Patrick's Day we have created a special playlist: Four Leaf Clobber. In this playlist, players will be able to collect gold coins in pots of gold to get a mission reward. Each Gold Pot that drops will give a random amount of coins that will add up to the mission goal of 10,000 pieces of gold.


Holiday Items
St. Patrick's Day:
  • Bell Kick Taunt
  • Irish Jig Taunt
  • Clover Weapon Skins
  • 1R-3 Clogad Helmet
  • Good Luck Trophy

 
In Closing
We hope you enjoy this update and new content, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. As always, if you find any new bugs or glitches please report them via the Blacklight Service Desk HERE.
Community Announcements - Persef
Hello fellow Agents and welcome to the BLR March 2016 update.
As always we continue to work to get all bugs that we can fixed that are reported through BSD. Thanks for helping us out there and we will address as many issues as possible.

We are planning to release the next update on 8-Mar-2016 at 5:00 PST.

Bugs
First up, let's get the top three issues submitted that we knocked out for the community.
  • Fixed the Heal Injector.... finally... for real... seriously
  • Fixed friends being able to join your private matches if they aren't in a party with you
  • Fixed Convoy on KOTH causing crashes
These three issues were the most reported by the community and fixed in this update. You can find the complete patch notes HERE.

New Features

[h2]Improvements to Item Sorting[/h2]
Customization now sorts objects into categories such as Owned, Featured, Purchaseable and Locked so you can find things more easily. Locked items are items that are not available for purchase used for either seasonal or promotional events.

New Death Animation System
We have implemented a new death animation system that will scale with how much damage you do to a player. So if you do a lot of damage, you will see the effects on your opponent as he goes flying.

Event Playlists
We have new event playlist for all upcoming holiday and fun events! Stay tuned for future events. These playlists will appear at the very top of the playlist section. See below for the Playlist missions.


 
St. Patrick's Day Event
Starting on March 8th and lasting until March 22nd, we will have a St. Patrick's Day Event. Click [HERE] for more information.

Spring Event
Starting on March 22nd and lasting until April 5th, we will have a Spring Event. Click [HERE] for more information.

 
New Items
Weapon Skin:
  • Tiger Stripe Blue
  • Tiger Stripe Orange

In Closing
We hope you enjoy this update and new content, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. As always, if you find any new bugs or glitches please report them via the Blacklight Service Desk HERE.
Community Announcements - Kripling


Hello fellow Agents and welcome to the BLR February 2016 update.
We have been working hard to knock out bugs and glitches that you have been finding and submitting via the Blacklight Service Desk; thank you very much for your help and support with those. We have also enhanced areas of the game and created some new content for the community, all of which we hope you enjoy.

We are planning to release the next update on 2-Feb-2016 at 5:00 PST.
Bugs
First up, let's get the top three issues submitted that we knocked out for the community.
  • - Tweaked the SMG
    - Mega glitch fixes on Rig
    - Missions not awarding GP
These three issues were the most reported by the community and fixed in this update. You can find the complete patch notes HERE.
New Features
Training Level
We have updated and brought the training level back. The training level is a work in progress for us; the intent of the level is to explain the core mechanics of Blacklight Retribution to players new and old. Check it out and see what you might learn as a strategic advantage against others.
Prestige System and Leveling
Brand new with this update is an improved leveling model for Blacklight. We have increased the level cap to 100 instead of 69 [[u]Ed. "Giggity"[/u]] and introduced a cyclical prestige system. Once you hit level 100 you will have the option of receiving 1 rank of prestige, which will then start you at level 1 of your next rank of prestige. For every 100 levels you earn, you can exchange them for 1 level of prestige.

We have also reduced the time it takes to reach maximum level. Over the long term the progression scale is much longer than it used to be. The amount of XP to reach our new max level of 100 is much shorter than the amount of XP required to hit the previous cap of 69. At this time we have not implemented any cap on the prestige levels.



In the image above, the large 15 is the level and the smaller number in the black box is the prestige. In that example SpragUI has leveled prestige 23 times (working on his 24th); so that's effectively level 100 done 23 times.  Additionally, as you prestige more, the background to your levels will update.

Why do this?

We want those who have been playing and grinding for a long time to be able to show off the amount of XP they've earned and be proud of the amount of time they have spent playing Blacklight. At the same time, the future will bring more rewards to players based on their level and prestige progression.  Implementing this system meets the needs for this and builds the foundation from which to do more!

Be sure to visit the Prestige Tab in the Social menu to find your Prestige.


After Action Report Screen
Also new in this update is a redesigned AAR. The UI team greatly improved the previous AAR screen, making XP and GP earnings a lot clearer and more stylish.


Lotto Boxes
Hey, look at this! Blacklight is going to have Lotto and Chance Boxes again. Starting in February we will be releasing monthly Lotto Boxes. The contents of the box will be carefully curated and will change monthly.



We are also introducing Holiday Lotto Boxes! Holiday items are typically only for sale during the limited holiday period of that specific year. Once the holiday item goes on sale it will most likely never be on sale again with the exception being through these Holiday Lotto Boxes! Not limited to just Holidays, we plan on having Event driven Lotto Boxes too.



 

 

 
Valentine's Event
Starting February 2nd and lasting through February 29th, Blacklight will have a few Valentine's Day events and items for the community to have fun with. Included in that are two awesome missions that will liven up your Valentine's Day.
Cupid's Kiss - Mission
All you have to do is die in this one. Seems pretty easy except for the fact that your opponent has to kill you with the viral Cupid's Arrow, which is a special ammo type for the Compound Bow. The reward for this is the Cupid's Arrow, which will allow you to complete the "Spread the Love" mission.


Spread the Love - Mission
If you kill 30 enemies with Cupid's Arrow before the event is over, then you will receive the LOVE KILLS title proving once and for all that love is a dangerous game. For every person you kill, you will also be assisting someone else with the Cupid's Kiss mission above. It's a share-share mission of love.


Holiday Items
  • Weapon and Body Camo - Love Fool
  • Weapon Tag - My Bleeding Heart
  • Weapon Tag - War of the Roses
  • Compound Bow Skin - Cupid's QT Pi
  • Grenade - I Heart U
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Editor
Last up, the BLR Editor. This is still a work in progress for us. Focus is still on stability and improvements to Blacklight, along with introducing new content.
In Closing
We hope you enjoy this update and new content, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. As always, if you find any new bugs or glitches please report them via the Blacklight Service Desk HERE.

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Community Announcements - Kripling
New Features
- Added Gun sway in first person when rotating
- Added a new Training Level
- Added a presige system once you hit max level
- Added some lovely new items
- Added a new and improved AAR

Game Changes
- Vortex color grading has been improved
- BLP and SMG balance has been adjusted
- CTF spawns have been adjusted in all maps
- SND bomb placements have been adjusted in several maps
- The Compound Bow now supports weapon tags
- Ammo counter scopes now show ammo remaining properly for single-shot weapons
- Level curve has been adjusted significantly
- Rain in Evac has lessened
- Rejoining a server should preserve your stats

Bug Fixes
- Fixed many sight alignment issues
- Fixed an issue with KOTH beacon movement
- Fixed headshot mutator conflict for private matches
- Fixed bot and turret names in non-english languages
- Fixed gear not showing camo colors in the armory
- Fixed several scoreboard bugs
- Fixed several elevator exploits
- Fixed issues with floating mines
- Fixed Spoon texture offset
- Fixed Spoon skin tiling on variant spork
- Fixed private matches sometimes host migrating
- Fixed effects not showing in taunt menu
- Fixed purchase dialog for weapon skins
- Fixed weapon tags not swapping when picking up weapons
- Fixed incorrect max ammo on picked up weapons
- Fixed sensitivity sliders not saving correctly
- Fixed collision issues in several levels
- Fixed a rare crash at the end of the round
- Fixed issues with expired trial items
- Fixed a few issues with parties
- Fixed lighting on a few minor items
- Fixed ZCoin buttons in the Marketplace
- Fixed invalid map/mode combinations in playlists
- Fixed some issues with matchmaking

Feb 24, 2015
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.


WHEN?!
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
Facebook.com/hardsuitlabs

Twitter: @playblacklight
Facebook.com/playblacklight


Kael Hammond
Producer
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: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9063943

Bonus ZEN: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9065683

Prototype Helmets: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9052503
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!

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