Eric Hewitt, a developer at Respawn Entertainment, has responded to a bug with Crypto’s drone which enables players to unfairly gain assists and Ranked Points (RP) in Apex Legends.
Crypto is a popular choice in Apex Legends, having been added to Respawn’s battle royale with Season 3 in November. Billed as a Surveillance Expert, Crypto’s tactical ability allows him to deploy an aerial drone.
This provides him with a comprehensive overview of the area in which he is located, ideal for slower play-styles and ambushing opponents. However, since the start of Season 4 players have noticed that his drone can be manipulated to gain extra RP in ranked mode.
The glitch relates to the ability of players to scan opponents. After scanning an enemy, Crypto’s teammates are made aware of their location. If they are then downed or eliminated after being scanned, Crypto receives an assist bonus.
However, the current glitch enables Crypto players to receive the assist bonus, regardless of whether or not their team downs the scanned opponent.
In other words, Cryptos are currently being rewarded for other teams eliminating mutual enemies.
Have you seen the crypto drone assist bug? Getting assists for scanning enemies that other teams down. Huge way to get free RP/max assists per game
— Greg Stephens (@MrGstephe) February 7, 2020
This is obviously unintended, and there is no reason for it to be in the game. Thankfully, it has been brought to the attention of Eric Hewitt, a Senior Systems Designer at Respawn.
On February 7, he responded to confirm that the issue is under investigation, and a fix should be made available soon. “I know our trusty ranked designer is working on putting in a fix for this,” he said.
yeah, I know our trusty ranked designer is working on putting in a fix for this
— Eric Hewitt / Ghost (@GH057ayame) February 7, 2020
He did not elaborate on his comments, so it’s not known what the initial cause of the issue is.
Regardless, it’s good to see such a swift response to an issue affecting a large portion of the player base.
You can keep up to date with all the issues Respawn are working on at their Apex Legends Trello board.