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Why Apex Legends needs a “Don’t Shoot” ping command

Published: 27/Oct/2019 23:13 Updated: 27/Oct/2019 23:58

by Andrew Amos


Apex Legends already has one of the most comprehensive ping wheels in a game, but the addition of a Don’t Shoot command will revolutionize how players can strategize in game.

Solo queueing in Apex Legends can sometimes be a frustrating experience. Teammates go solo and abandon you, they can play overly aggressive or passively, and if you can’t communicate properly, it’s hard to get a cohesive strategy going.

While the current ping system is one of the most fleshed out communication options in any game, there’s some things that could be added to make it even better. One of those things is a Don’t Shoot ping, which will add another layer of strategic depth to solo play — as long as your teammates listen.

Respawn EntertainmentThe ping system in Apex Legends is already great, but there’s some additions that could be made to make it amazing.

The Don’t Shoot ping, as envisioned by Reddit user ‘deadend1755’, would tell teammates to not rush opponents and lay low for a while. It’s often hard to just communicate this over a simple “Enemy” ping, and not everyone will be responsible for their trigger finger.

It will advise allies to not make an advance towards the enemy, which might give away their position when they are in a bad situation. Then, when the gunfire dies down, you can push on forward safely, or look to clean up the scraps of a messy fight.

The ping makes total sense. Apex’s ping system is already incredibly comprehensive, with a voice chat almost not really required given how good it is. 

It can be used on weapons, items, locations, enemies, and pretty much anything you can interact with on the map, and there’s a wide variety of options. Whether you want to bunker down and defend, or look to move around and avoid the storm, there’s a ping for almost every situation.

Reddit: deadend1755Adding a Don’t Shoot command to Apex Legends will flesh out the ping system even further.

The Don’t Shoot ping is just another addition to this intricate but simple system. It adds another layer of communication for those allies who choose to not use voice chat. 

Being able to ping them more specific commands, even if they aren’t on call, can help you devise more thought-out strategies and play smarter. Small things, like not pushing towards an enemy when you can’t afford to, can be the difference between becoming the champion, or losing it all.

Respawn EntertainmentMaybe your teammates will stop doing this and giving away your position with a Don’t Shoot ping.

The concept behind a Don’t Shoot ping isn’t entirely new. Players have been calling for a similar ping command ever since the game was released earlier in 2019. 

However, as Respawn Entertainment looks to add even more features to their Battle Royale with the release of Season 3, this might be a nice quality of life change players will truly appreciate.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

Wraith in World's Edge Apex Legends
Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.