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Apex Legends players displeased with rampant cheaters on console

Published: 28/Oct/2019 20:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 21:48

by Alan Bernal

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The console iteration for Apex Legends is missing a major feature to combat cheaters and hackers, leading some to call the multiplayer experience a “wild west” in terms of playability.

Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale has been hit with a massive amount of hackers in the past. When cheaters threaten their game, the devs respond with huge ban waves that clean up thousands of accounts found to be violating the rules.

But it seems like players for the console iteration of the game is leaving some players to fend for themselves, seeing as people who want to report cheaters don’t have a readily accessible avenue to do so.

Respawn EntertaimentIt seems like some Apex Legends cheaters are going unchecked on console.

In a Reddit post, user ‘PepperBeeMan’ put a spotlight on the struggles they’ve been encountering as in-game cheaters are going unlisted due to the lack of a report feature on consoles.

“There’s just too much going on. It’s turning into the wild west due to the lack of report feature/bans,” they said.

Examples of cheats they haven’t been able to report on include “closing [Apex Legends] the same way they do on PC by going into the main menu on console and closing app,” teaming, and using prohibited mods for Apex Legends on consoles.

In fact, they say that “Cronusmax, Strike Pack, and XiM usage is rampant,” leading to massive imbalances seeing as players are using modded controllers or keyboard and mouse on console.

“CONSOLE IS NOT GETTING FAIR TREATMENT,” they said. “Devs seem to focus on the PC meta and PC changes, and I assume it’s because the higher-level influencers are on PC. Well, we deserve to be heard too, damn it.”

Respawn EntertainmentPlayers are finding a lot of people using mods that aren’t allowed in Apex Legends.

PepperBeeMan’s frustrations were apparent, seeing as they’ve encountered instances of cheaters in various matches, saying that console gamers “need a ban/report button.”

How to report players in Apex Legends on console?

The EA Help site instructs players to report people “while in a match, [by] bring up the in-game menu (Tab on PC, Options on PS4, Menu on Xbox One)” and clicking on the warning symbol in the Squads tab.

There they can report a player for many infractions, though it seems like console players want a more fluid way of reporting potential hackers on other teams.

Apex Legends has done a lot to combat hackers and the like on their servers, but the console community could use a bit more attention to prevent cheating.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!