The long-awaited patch update for Apex Legends brought a way for players to be a part of the solution to help combat troublesome hackers found throughout the game.
Respawn Entertainment released the Season 1: Wild Frontier Patch on March 19 bringing a host of fixes and new features that will improve the game’s stability.
A few of those new features will finally give players a way to report heinous servers, crashes or suspect players for Respawn to take an extra look at to rectify the problem.
With the new report system, hopefully that'll put a stop from hackers roaming freely around the Apex servers.
Though the game exploded in popularity upon release, Apex Legends has been plagued with recurrent crashes and an army of hackers in various matches.
Now Respawn has integrated a better way to report crashes on PC by adding a “apex_crash.txt” in the “Documents” folder that can be shared with the company. The information sent can be used as a direct link to the devs to see what problems can be solved.
But PC players will be more happy to have the new Report a Player feature that will definitely be used a lot for suspect players and hackers.
The feature can be used as a Spectator upon dying or when looking at teammates’ Banner Cards in the squad’s tab. To date, Respawn has banned around 500,000 accounts and the new feature should immensely help cleaning up the rest of the game’s cheaters.
The new feature could provide Respawn with loads of information about specific crashes.
Console players will also be getting a Report a Player feature but will be tailored more for abusive players that crop in during playthroughs.
It seems like Respawn Entertainment is taking a more constructive approach with its players to iron out future problems that may come with the game.
Full information about the new report systems can be found below:
- Introducing better reporting when Apex crashes on PC without error message.
- We really want to fix any crashes people happen to get on PC. We also respect our player’s privacy. So, if the PC game crashes, it will write "apex_crash.txt" to your "Documents" folder. This tiny file is plain text, so you can easily see for yourself that it has no personal information. If you choose to share this file with us, it will tell us whether the crash was in Apex or in third party software. If the crash was in Apex, our programmers can use the information to find and fix it. If you experience a crash, please include this file when you report.
- We protect your personal information.
- You can easily see everything in the file yourself; we have no secrets.
- You're in control of whether we ever see the file.
- Added Report a Player feature for cheating and abuse on PC.
- Players can now report cheaters they encounter in-game and it’ll be sent directly to Easy Anti-Cheat. You can do this from either the spectate view after dying or when looking at your team’s Banner Cards in the Squad tab.
- We have lots of other work going on behind the scenes and this remains high priority for us. We won’t be able to share many specifics of what we’re doing but we’ll strive to provide updates on progress for the things we can talk about.
- As I'm finishing the notes this morning, 499,937 accounts and counting have been banned for cheating.
- Speed hacking: We do currently have anti-speed hacking in Apex Legends, but it’s not being as effective as intended due to a bug that we believe we’ve identified and will be addressing in our next server update. Will provide ETA for it when I have it. Working to get it out ASAP.