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Apex Legends dev confirms SBMM, explains why it’s actually more popular

Published: 25/Nov/2019 17:57 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 3:02

by Eli Becht

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Apex Legends players have gotten proof that skill-based matchmaking exists in unranked lobbies. Fans are split on if this is a good thing for the game or not.

Many games have added skill-based matchmaking to their game in 2019, Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare being two of the biggest, and now there is evidence that it has made its way to Apex Legends.

Of course, Apex Legends does have its own ranked playlist where the competitive players can play, while players who didn’t want to grind would have had the chance to play in the unranked lobbies.

EASkill-based matchmaking has come to Apex Legends.

It seems like all of that has come to an end as a developer has confirmed some form of SBMM exists in Apex Legends. This system is implemented to make the matches feel more balanced as you’ll be matched up with players of similar skill, but it comes with its share of issues.

The main problem is it essentially eliminates casual play since you’ll be going against people just as skilled as you.

Apex Legends dev Eric Hewitt confirmed to a player on Twitter that SBMM is in the game, and has been since the end of Season 2, but admitted it could still need some additional tweaking. He even says adding in SBMM helps player retention across all games, which can be surprising information to many critics of the system.

Michael Kalas, another Apex Legends dev, confirms that the SBMM has nothing to do with your ranked play, but instead takes gunplay metrics into play, which presumably means accuracy, kills, basically things that will take into account of how good of a play you are and not necessarily just wins.

As Hewitt says, SBMM is slowly becoming the norm for many other games, but players have been critical of those decisions as well. Apex players have already started up the discussion about its place in the game on Reddit.

For what it’s worth, SBMM does have its share of pros and cons. The major pro is it will effectively put an end to the new players being dominated by the better ones, so it makes a better experience for them.

On the other hand, newer players will have a tough time playing with their more experienced friends since they’ll be put into tougher lobbies. SBMM can potentially create longer queue times which means players will be waiting more and playing less.

The more skilled you become, the longer the waits are, which isn’t a whole lot of fun for anyone. With additional tweaking on the way, it’s possible we could see some improvements coming on that end.

As it is right now, it’s clear that some players are for the implementation of SBMM while others are not. It will be interesting to see if Respawn can find a common ground for it going forward.

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Apex Legends dev confirms highly-requested inventory feature coming soon

Published: 25/Nov/2020 20:29 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 21:10

by Alan Bernal

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The era of ‘red dots’ littered across Apex Legends’ menu tabs will finally come to an end after Respawn confirmed they’re implementing a ‘mark all as seen’ button to the game.

Apex’s bustling community is rejoicing after the developers indicated the long-awaited quality of life update that is scheduled for the next patch, if everything goes to plan.

While fans of the game have known for a while that the feature was pending, there hasn’t been much news of it since seeing it on Respawn’s Trello board a while ago. Since the conversation’s gone dark, it’s been a waiting game to see if the developers would follow-up on the organizational feature.

Well, an inquiring fan created a mock-up of what the ‘mark all as seen’ button could look like within the character-select screen. But fiction turned into reality once Respawn Senior Game Designer, Daniel Z. Klein, chimed into the discussion.

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The red dots on tabs have cursed the Apex Legends menu screen for a while.

“Could we get a ‘Mark all as seen’ button? Would be useful instead of going through all the menus to clear the icons,” user ‘TigerTankSniper’ suggested, before Klein was happy to oblige.

“Good news! That’s probably coming in the next patch! John Hodgson put that one in not too long ago,” Klein was happy to report. Hodgson is another Senior Game Designer at Respawn, who’s about to make a lot of the Apex fans really happy.

Since the launch of Apex Legends back in February 2019, there’s been a ton of content regularly injected into the battle royale. This stretches from Legends, weapon cosmetics, sky trails, holo sprays, voice lines, banners, and a lot more.

As much as the fans have loved adding troves of content to their personal libraries, every time something new gets added a small red dot appears to notify players of the change.

“I have an army of them because all the useless blue and white items I get, not really motivated enough to click on all them so now it just keeps growing bigger and bigger,” one person wrote.

The thing is, those little indicators can be persistent and a bit of a bother; hence, the quality of life update that’s coming into the game very soon.

But the community can let out a collective sigh of relief seeing as they shouldn’t be a problem in Apex Legends after the next update.