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Apex Legends muzzle flash fix finally coming soon

Published: 10/Jan/2020 9:02 Updated: 10/Jan/2020 9:05

by Joe O'Brien

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Respawn Entertainment have finally confirmed that they’re working on a fix for muzzle flash in Apex Legends after months of player complaints.

When Apex Legends launched in February 2019, players had the option to disable muzzle flash from weapons entirely, but an update in June saw this option removed from the game, a decision that proved quite unpopular with some players.

Many complained that the muzzle flash effects, which produce bursts of light from the end of weapons when fired, were too extreme, making it unnecessarily difficult to keep track of enemies while shooting. What once were simple gunfights with the effects turned off could become chaotic and unpredictable just because the player could no longer properly see what they were aiming at.

Players also argued that these effects were worse at lower FPS and graphics settings, arguably making the handicap greater for those with less powerful PCs.

Respawn EntertainmentPlayers have complained that muzzle flash makes it much harder to aim properly.

While Respawn’s refusal to simply reverse their decision entirely and reintroduce the ability to turn it off suggests they are committed to having all players experience the same effects, it does seem they’ve been listening to the complaints after all.

Respawn producer Josh Medina confirmed on Twitter that the muzzle flash effects have been a “deeper issue than expected”, and while the developers have been working on adjusting it, they “want to properly fix instead of half ass it,” which takes more time.

In terms of a timeline for when players might see an update to muzzle flash in-game, Medina offered only a “#Soon”, but it will certainly be welcome news nevertheless for those who have been frustrated by the effects for more than six months now.

The news follows the announcement of Apex’s Grand Soirée event, which is set to run from January 14 to 28 and introduce seven new Limited Time Modes, a variety of new cosmetics and more. The event will round out the current season, with Season 4 set to launch on February 4, meaning Apex Legends players have plenty to look forward to over the coming months.

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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.