Here we go with bad news folks, one more Ingress game logic change happened in last few days, and we confirmed it today with help of our great G+ community members. No more AP love for deploying portal shields. Instead of getting 150 AP per shield that you deploy, now you don’t get any AP at all.
This change probably happened because of the Zipcar passcode flood. Lot of players got 1000+ portal shields and just by deploying them they could gain 150 000 AP, this was an issue and it seems that is resolved now. For people who were saving them for dark times, you will not be happy about this.
We didn’t get any announcements from Niantic Project site about this game logic change, and we are not sure if this is going to be permanent.
With all this, it’s very possible that this behaviour will be left as is for some time. But we have a suggestion, to still reward agents for deploying first 4 shields on one portal. So to gain more AP players will need to go to next portal and deploy them there. In this way, you would still reward people who are not abusing shield deploying by deploying/removing shields on the same portal. One other possible way that would also help in this case is to make portal mods non removable. And only shield upgrade to be possible much like with portal resonators, that would also solve this and problem that other players can’t upgrade shields if the low quality shields are deployed. Who knows maybe they will listen yo our suggestions.
What do you think about this change, and what should be done with deploying portal mods game logic?
UPDATE: 1 hour ago Brandon Badger’s commented on post about this in Ingress community: “We’ll soon make installation and upgrades of shields work like upgrading Resonators and at that time we’ll go back to giving AP for shield installs and upgrades.”