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Apex Legends hackers have apparently found new way to avoid bans

Published: 11/Apr/2019 12:47 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 13:13

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment may have executed a massive ban wave in Apex Legends, but hackers are apparently already back causing problems, with a new ‘soft cheating’ method.

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On April 4, cheaters were in panic mode after hardware ID bans were issued to many, preventing them from simply starting a new account and cheating again.

It was a joyous moment for rule-abiding Apex Legends fans, who had become increasingly worn out at the alarming frequency of cheaters in matches, but their joy has been relatively short lived, it seems.

An example of a hack used by a Chinese player in Apex Legends.

Apparently, the hackers are now using a more subtle method of cheating, which renders them pretty much undetectable by the anti-cheat systems in place.

Known as ‘soft cheating’, the method is explained as “cheaters reducing their aimbots to levels indiscernible to an anti-cheat algorithm, but obvious enough from the receiving end of it. When spectating them you can see the aimbot locking on, but their cheats give a buffer of missed shots to fool the accuracy counter.”

According to a post on the Apex Legends subreddit, this form of cheating is perhaps more ‘problematic’ than when the aimbots were full lock-on machines, as players themselves may not even be aware that they were in fact facing a cheater, and therefore do not report.

Soft Cheating on the rise, algorithm can’t detect them from r/apexlegends

This method of cheating is also known as using “humanizers”, giving the effect of the play having more human-like aim, with all the flaws that come with natural inaccuracy, all the while they are in fact simply using a hack.

This problem of cheating in Apex Legends still seems to be largely focused in Asian servers, which has inevitably led to calls for Chinese players to be region-locked.

However, Respawn have stated that region-locking China wouldn’t be a simple process, because the game isn’t actually officially available in China, meaning players are using a VPN to access it, muddling their location.

The last figure made public was that over 350,000 Apex Legends cheats have been banned, and there have undoubtedly been plenty more since, but Respawn will need to continue to fight against the plague of hackers, for the long term well-being of the game.

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Apex Legends Nov 18 update fixes Rampart exploit & more: patch notes

Published: 18/Nov/2020 18:56 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 19:33

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn have launched a new patch in Apex Legends that will patch out an exploit with Rampart’s turret as well as implementing updates for everything from audio issues to reformatting Weekly Challenges.

The Apex community has been very active with their feedback at the start of Season 7. While there’s been a ton of content for players to sift through, problems with the Battle Pass or Rampart’s ultimate Sheila has been cause for concern among some people.

The developers have been paying close attention, leading to the November 18 update which is going to take out the amusing but deadly Rampart exploit while giving people a helping hand at the revised Battle Pass progression system.

This means that Respawn are dousing fires inside and out of the Apex Arena this time around, with updates that should improve the player experience as well as the state of the game.

Rampart Sheila exploit grounded

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Rampart’s turret will be grounded after the Nov 18 patch in Apex Legends.

People have been hooking up Rampart’s Emplaced Minigun ‘Sheila’ to Crypto’s Drone. Since the game identified the hovering bot as a valid base for the ultimate, we’ve seen people use this to wreak havoc by flying the turret around the map.

While it wasn’t really practical to set up the flying turret in the middle of a fight, it still provided some of the wildest clips to come out of the Arena.

However, that won’t be possible any longer now that Respawn have sent out a fix that will keep the minigun grounded to the Apex battlefield, like it was meant to be.

It’ll be interesting to see if the patchwork holds since people have been trying to get creative with how they can use the ultimate.

Battle Pass difficulty reverted

A few weeks after the Season 7: Ascension Battle Pass was launched, people were noticing just how long it took to simply move up a single tier.

This quickly snowballed enough to get Respawn’s attention. While the controversial star system will remain intact for the season, the ability to level it up should mirror that of the Season 6 Battle Pass.

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Respawn have toned down how long it’ll take to level up the Season 7 Battle Pass.

The Apex devs implemented the fix to Daily challenges last week, but today will see Weekly challenges get the revised changes. As promised, Respawn are also giving all players who log in 10 free Battle Pass levels in light of the issues.

While the latest patch notes are relatively short, it’s got a few promising fixes that the Apex Legends community has been asking for since the start of Season 7.

Take a look at the full notes below, courtesy of Respawn.

Apex Legends November 18 patch notes

  • Weekly Challenges have been adjusted back to Season 6 formating
  • 10 Battle Pass levels will be rewarded to all who log in
  • Rampart’s turret on Crypto’s drone
  • Audio adjustments
  • Misc fixes