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Apex Legends players angry over SBMM “ruining” the game

Published: 7/Dec/2019 12:32

by Calum Patterson

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The Apex Legends community is up in arms over the use of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) in Respawn’s popular battle royale game, with many claiming it is ruining their experience.

SBMM is a controversial topic in a number of games currently, not least in the latest Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare, and in rival battle royale Fortnite.

The use of matchmaking algorithms to match players of similar skill levels, play-styles or other, often secretive methods, is generally unpopular with users of multiplayer games, but developers are implementing it nonetheless.

In November, Eric Hewitt, Senior Systems Designer at Respawn Entertainment, confirmed that a SBMM system had been in place in Apex Legends since approximately Season 2.

This is also when a Ranked Mode was added to the game, and some players have questioned why the skill-based matchmaking system wasn’t left exclusively in ranked, and regular matches left to be purely connection-based.

Although Hewitt didn’t go into exact details of how the algorithm works, he said that it benefits up to 90% of the playerbase, but did admit that it might “need some tuning”.

This explanation has done little to quell the anger in the community though. The game’s official subreddit has been flooded with posts complaining about SBMM, with moderators having to create ‘megathreads’ to streamline the discussion.

SBMM Megathread! from apexlegends

Pro player Ace recently ranted about SBMM too, calling the developers “f**king stupid” suggesting they are trying to ruin their game as fast as they can.

What’s wrong with SBMM in Apex Legends?

So, what’s the big deal? There are two primary complaints when it comes to SBMM in any video game, and the same applies for Apex Legends.

Firstly, higher-skill players (typically those who play the most and are most ‘dedicated’ to game) believe that they suffer the most – essentially being punished for being good at the game. This is because higher-skill players will more often be matched with other high-skill players, meaning every game can become a difficult match if you want to win.

Some argue that these players simply want to have easy matches against lesser opponents, but balance is key, and a mix of tough and not-so-tough opponents is probably the ideal scenario.

Respawn EntertainmentGood players feel like they get punished by SBMM in Apex Legends.

The second complaint with SBMM affects all players, not just those of a higher-skill. If matchmaking is more concerned with matching players based on their skill, or any other gameplay factor, it will almost undoubtedly come at the cost of connection.

When connection based matchmaking is given full priority, players are simply matched alongside players close to them, where they will experience the least latency. Connection is still a major factor in Apex Legends’ matchmaking system, but since SBMM has been confirmed, it is not far-fetched to assume it could result in worse connections occasionally.

There are other problems with SBMM too, such as ‘reverse boosting’ – where a player will deliberately play badly and accrue terrible stats to trick the game into giving them a worse skill rating. Then, they can abuse this to play against much worse opponents.

So far, Respawn have remained fairly tight-lipped over the controversy, and it’s unlikely they ever remove SBMM entirely, although tuning it will certainly be welcomed among the community.

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Apex Legends Horizon actor reveals bizarre way she helped make Season 7

Published: 25/Nov/2020 14:48

by Jacob Hale

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The voice actor behind Apex Legends’ newest character, Horizon, has revealed the bizarre conditions in which she provided the voice, and it’s crazy to see where our favorite Scot came from.

Horizon was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 7, bringing a new set of abilities to the game, alongside new map Olympus.

The Gravitational Manipulator has been an instant hit with fans, so much so that we actually ranked her as one of the best legends in the game in our Season 7 tier list, behind only Wraith, Gibraltar and Bloodhound.

So, for such a fantastic character, Apex fans might expect a large-budget, Hollywood-esque production to get her voice lines and general character perfect… but that wasn’t the case.

Horizon Apex Legends Season 7
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Horizon has been an instant hit in Apex Legends.

Season 7 launched on November 4, 2020, and after letting the dust settle a bit, Horizon voice actor Elle Newlands shared a brilliant video from when she was recording for the character.

Clearly excited, this is about as 2020 as it gets, as Newlands was confined to a tiny closet to get her work done.

“I had to capture this for posterity,” she started excitedly. “I just stepped out of my closet, it’s July 17, I’m in Los Angeles in a 2-foot by 3-foot closet where I have my little recording booth, and I just recorded facial recognition and voiceover for Season 7 of Apex Legends, and I’m the voice of Horizon… Aah!”

Clarifying that it was for the Season 7 trailer, Elle said she is “so excited” to be in the game, calling the fact that she’s doing it all from home “amazing.”

It goes without saying that it is amazing what Elle and the wider Respawn crew have managed to pull off, in her own words, to “keep the entertainment flowing” despite all the issues the world has been facing in 2020.

If this can be done in a 2x3ft closet in someone’s home, we can’t imagine the possibilities for characters in the future of Apex.