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Respawn have now banned a staggering number of Apex Legends hackers

Published: 21/Mar/2019 13:14 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 13:36

by Paul Cot

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Apex Legends developer, Respawn Enterainment, has addressed the rampant cheating by banning over 500,000 hackers. Cheats within Apex Legends include speed hacks, wall hacks and aimbots.

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While Apex Legends has received praise for practically every element of the game, cheating has remained a huge problem. The battle royale game remains very popular but has had its player base, especially in the Asian region, diminished because of the cheating issues.

Respawn Entertainment have confirmed that the Apex Legends ban list now totals more than 500,000. This was confirmed within the Season 1: Wild Frontier patch notes by Jay Frechette, Respawn Community Manager, who stated, “As I’m finishing the notes this morning, 499,937 accounts and counting have been banned for cheating.

Cheating and hackers are the biggest problem in Apex Legends…

As this was nearly two days ago it’s fair to assume the total is above half a million now. This also means there have been over 150,000 cheaters banned since March 9.

The initial 355,000 number from March 9 was for PC players only. It isn’t clear whether the latest reported total includes PS4 and Xbox players.

It isn’t known how prevalent cheating is on console compared to PC, but by anecdotal feedback alone and because of the nature of the system, it is likely a far bigger problem on PC.

The cheater section from the Apex Legends FAQ on the EA website says, “Apex Legends utilizes Easy Anti-Cheat from Kamu (an industry-leading anti-cheat service) on PC, and the built-in anti-cheat features available on Xbox One and PlayStation® 4.

Ban number symbolic of a bigger problem in Apex Legends?

On the surface it is good news that half a million cheaters have been banned from Apex Legends. However, that begs the questions, just how many more are there and is it a problem that can ruin the game.

We know there is over 50 million players who have tried Apex Legends. A regular player base will be far less than this though, and that regular player base will include the majority of cheaters.

Therefore, more than 1%, possibly up to 3% of regular players could be cheaters. This is obviously something that Apex Legends players won’t put up with in the long term.

An Apex Legends aimbot in action…

Games outside of their peak popularity, that have a cheating problem, tend to fade to nothing more than a hardcore contingent. While in its relative infancy it isn’t so much of a problem, it is something that needs to be stopped.

It is good to see that the teams behind Apex Legends are taking cheating so seriously. Hopefully fixing it is their number one priority.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.