Apex Legends won’t be making major changes to aim assist just yet, despite now pairing console and PC players in the same matches following the long-awaited Aftermarket event update, which is set to go live across all servers on Oct. 6.
In the past, Respawn has admitted aim assist on consoles is apparently “way stronger” than on PC. This disparity, discovered by ILootGames back in July, led most Apex Legends players to believe Respawn would tweak aim assist values when crossplay finally arrived.
That appears not to be the case, however. According to director Chad Grenier, the aim assist differences will remain in Apex Legends for the time being.
The reason? Well, Respawn “needs some more time” to make sure they can pull off the swap without enraging one camp or the other. The aim assist debate is filled with passionate fans, and the Apex devs are going to tread very carefully.
“Changing aim assist for millions of players one and a half years post-launch is something that can really upset people, as is making console aim assist match the same PC values,” the Apex Legends game director admitted in on Reddit.
“[The development process] needs some time.”
The Respawn team is also apprehensive of making sweeping changes to core functions in the near future, after the wave of backlash the Apex Legends dev copped after their decision to fiddle with TTK [time to kill] heading into Season 6.
“Everyone came at us pitchforks with the TTK changes,” Grenier admitted on Oct. 1. “I’m not wanting to go through that again with aim assist.”
Those that are worried the same aim assist issues rival titles like Warzone and Fortnite have faced could seep into Apex Legends can breathe easy. Grenier, and the Respawn team, seem to be on the case; they just want to get it right.
Grenier also confirmed there would be some “tweaks” to crossplay coming in the near future, to try and balance Apex Legends matches for console and computer players.
“We talked about [matching based on inputs on PC], and are considering it,” he said.
“There’s an added challenge for us that we have different aim assist settings between PC and console, so more discussion is needed on our end. Our priority was to get this feature out the door… now we’ve done that, we can listen and tweak.”
The Apex Legends crossplay beta goes live on Tuesday, October 6.