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Apex Legends developers address Iron Crown skin loot box controversy

Published: 16/Aug/2019 22:02 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 22:19

by Bill Cooney


Apex Legends developers finally responded on Friday to a player base that was mostly outraged by the way microtransactions were used to unlock content in the new Iron Crown event.

After doing some quick math, players soon figured out it would cost upwards of $200 to unlock to all of the items for the event, including the Heirloom.

It didn’t take long for the memes, videos and posts all ripping EA and Respawn for the way event worked to find their way to the top of Reddit either.

toukan/RedditPeople were not happy about Iron Crown.

Respawn responds

After a long week, Respawn finally put out a statement to players on Friday, August 16, that promised to make changes to the availability of Legendary Iron Crown items and how players can acquire them.

“Starting on 8/20, we’ll be adding and rotating all twelve of the event-exclusive Legendary items into the store over the course of the final week of the event for the regular Legendary skin cost of 1,800 Apex Coins

You will still be able to purchase Iron Crown Apex Packs for 700 Apex Coins if you choose. 

The store schedule for the week will be as follows:”


Respawn also said that they would “provide more ways to obtain items than just buying Apex Packs” for future events.

Whether that means unlocking them through challenges or an updated shop schedule like we see here remains to be seen.

The Iron Crown event may have turned into a bit of a black eye for Apex Legends, but at least developers appear to be listening to the community, and making it so players can get the items they want, without buying a ton of loot boxes.

Respawn EntertainmentNow you can get Gibraltar’s Call to Arms skin, without spending an arm and a leg.

Why were players so upset?

Apex Legends was hugely popular at launch and has retained a loyal fan base ever since – but the Iron Crown controversy soon seemed to be the only thing Apex people were talking about after it launched, not the new skins.

Some players will definitely still be upset, but at least now one of the biggest issues of players not being able to just get the skin they want, has apparently been addressed.

Respawn EntertainmentThe changes should make getting the skin you want a little less expensive.

It will take some time for Respawn to regain the goodwill of the community, but at least the latest update shows that they’re listening to what people are talking about.

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven


John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

John Larson comment Wraith nerf Respawn
Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.