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Apex Legends’ fans create perfect way to reward kill leader

Published: 27/Nov/2019 15:39

by Andy Williams

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Apex Legends’ fans have come up with a simple yet ingenious way of acknowledging the kill leader in-game. 

Apex Legends is now a staple of the battle royale realm. In its short tenure within the genre, the game has reinvented the wheel in terms of its features. 

Adding elements like a ping system and respawn beacons innovated the genre, from which other leading titles shortly followed suit.

Respawn Entertainment.Respawn beacons are now a feature among most top battle royales.

Although the battle royale has undoubtedly brought a fresh take on a booming genre, there are still features which fans are calling out for. 

Big changes, such as incorporating replays and cross-play integration have been commonly requested from the community. However, sometimes it is the smaller tidbits which can go a long way.  

One concept is to recognize the kill leader through adding a crown onto the skull that represents the kill count in-game.  

Initially posted to the Apex Legends subreddit by ‘crims9n’ shortly after the game’s release, a fellow Reddit user has re-posted the concept in a bid to gain some traction. 

Was going through top all time, and found this great idea from u/crims9n from apexlegends

Although the concept is relatively basic, the initial post received 46k upvotes, and in just over 12 hours of going live, the repost had gained over 2k upvotes. 

On paper, the concept would be relatively easy to implement. Moreover, the notion of recognizing the kill leader could also come with XP benefits. For example, the longer a player holds onto the kill leader badge, the more XP they generate. 

With a new level cap on its way in a forthcoming update, an incentive such as this would prompt more fast-paced action in order to reap the rewards of a sizable XP bonus and thus net more Apex packs.

Respawn Entertainment.Kill-leading squads are currently recognized through banners dotted around the map.

Squads would use the banners that are dotted around the map to actively seek the Legend with the most kills, strip them of their XP bonus and be rewarded with a bonus of their own. 

Following the death of the former kill leader, the XP bonus would then be passed onto the next highest Legend in the server and would be capped near the endgame (e.g., last five squads). 

Not only would this incentivize players to seek kills in the early game, it would shake-up the current conservative playstyle/meta that is currently being sported on World’s Edge. A risk-reward scenario such as this could be exactly what the Apex Games need to spice up the action.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.