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Apex Legends’ netcode shows severe problems compared to Fortnite, PUBG, and Blackout

Published: 7/Mar/2019 21:52 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 6:40

by Alan Bernal

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YouTuber Battle(non)sense made a complete analysis of Apex Legends’ netcode and compared them to the other popular battle royales with some surprising results.

Apex Legends has attracted over 50 million players since its February 4 launch. While many are loving the game, numerous issues with the network has frustrated players because of its effect on a given match.

Battle(non)sense did a side-by-side comparison of all the netcodes from the most popular battle royales and their features, making it simple to see why and where Apex Legends falters.

Battle(non)senseApex Legends could add a few more features relating to their netcode for players to use.

It looks like Apex Legends suffers the most from network delay between two players on the same server and ping. Respawn’s battle royale showed the highest interval of lag with damage, gunfire, and movement.

Even though Apex Legends has provided one of the most exciting takes on a battle royale, Battle(non)sense was disappointed with it’s lack of netcode related features.

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Network Warning Icons, Network Stats Overlays and even an FPS limiter are all missing from Apex Legends. While major battle royales like Fortnite and PUBG at least have them in an albeit limited capacity.

Apex Legends also utilizes packet splitting due to the size of information that’s being sent for every update in the game. This leaves the game more prone to packet loss which can cause the game to skip actions, leading to a worse playing experience.

Battle(non)senseThe send rate for information that occurs throughout a match of Apex Legends.

Though the packet loss does improve as the game goes on, Battle(non)sense says its largely due to less people in the server, so there’s less information that needs to be updated.

Even though the YouTuber praised Apex Legends for its fresh take on battle royales, they called on Respawn Entertainment to fix the problems with its network before players flock to another title.

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Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:54 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:01

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment has announced that they are delaying the official release of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, after announcing their launch on Steam for PC players.

The news that Apex was coming to Switch was first shared during the EA Play Live event on June 18, where they revealed the next stages of the game’s development. It finally put a host of rumors and leaks to bed since Apex’s debut back in 2019, as players wanted to immediately take the Arena with them on-the-go shortly after launch.

The news would have opened the game to expand its player count by millions, but Switch players will now have to wait a little longer after further delays were announced.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release date

Respawn confirmed that the new Switch port has been delayed until early 2021 after it was expected to arrive with the Steam version of the game.

“For those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” Apex Game Director Chad Grenier confirmed, on October 23.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” the Respawn dev continued, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

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Apex Legends will be on all the major consoles in early 2021.

While it is being delayed, he confirmed that it still arrive with all of the expected features, “of course, when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play, our latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

This won’t be the first time a major battle royale comes to Nintendo Switch. EA and Apex Legends are going to compete against Epic Games and Fortnite for the many battle royale fans on the platform.

The initial announcement was a longtime coming. Reports for a Nintendo Switch port have been around for about as long as Apex Legends has been released to the world.

In a 2019 interview only months after Apex’s release, Project lead at the time, Drew McCoy, said that the company knew a Nintendo port was on many people’s wishlist. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for Nintendo fans who have been waiting to get into the Arena.

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Players from all walks of consoles will be able to drop into Apex Legends soon.

There were a lot of questions revolving around the technical limitations of the Switch that would be a hurdle for a port, but the developers are now committed to releasing it early in 2021.

It’s unclear what the download size for the Switch version will be, so stay tuned to Dexerto for all the latest information on the upcoming Apex Legends port.