Apex Legends

Apex Legends players want China to be region locked to avoid cheats and hackers

Published: 13/Mar/2019 18:21 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 18:27

by Calum Patterson

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Chinese Apex Legends players could soon face being region locked on separate servers, if some vocal fans get their wishes – and even some Chinese players want it too.

The calls for China to be excluded into its own region, and not part of the main Asian servers, arise from both the problem of cheaters and hackers in Apex Legends, as well as lessons learned from other games like PUBG.

PUBG Corp. eventually gave into demand and placed a region lock on China, but it took a lot of complaining from players about the high number of cheats for action to be taken.

Developers are understandably reluctant to introduce region locks, concerned with accusations of favoritism, or even racism, as well as making queue times longer in impacted regions.

The delay in doing a region lock for PUBG may have led to some players putting down the game forever, as they couldn’t escape the plague of hackers, and Apex Legends fans are worried about this repeating with the newest trending game in battle royale.

PUBG did it too late, Apex needs to address cheating issue faster. Asian server is filled by Chinese cheaters. from r/apexlegends

Making matters complicated, Apex Legends isn’t even officially available in China yet, which means Respawn/EA can’t even take legal action against cheats from the country, according to a concept artist at Respawn.

Cheats for Apex Legends can be purchased very easily in China, for as little as $1, with more advanced hacks casting up to around $450, according to Abacus.

But, not everyone in China is a cheat, and some are even embarrassed of the reputation they have. On Chinese social platform WeChat, numerous posts supported region lock: “As a Chinese, I could only say I can’t object to being [region] locked. We deserve such punishment. Or maybe they should charge us rather than making it free-to-play.”

An example of a Chinese cheat in Apex Legends.

Some fans think it might already be too late for the Asian region though, pointing out that Asian Twitch streamers have already grown tired of playing Apex because of all the cheaters, and Twitch viewership is suffering as a result.

Other players in the Asian region are manually selecting foreign servers, and just putting up with the high-latency, rather than have to face cheaters so frequently.

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Revenant Heirloom concept would be perfect for Apex Legends

Published: 19/Jan/2021 17:04

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends player has developed an incredible concept for Revenant’s Heirloom. The impressive design is centered around his backstory and would be the perfect signature weapon for the Synthetic Nightmare.

Heirlooms in Apex Legends are extremely rare and difficult to obtain, making them a prized possession. At the time of writing, there are seven Heirlooms in-game with each of them belonging to a specific Legend.

Of course, this means that the appearance of these items has to be absolutely perfect. The Heirloom has to embody the Legend it represents and incorporate aspects of their character and lore into its design.

One character who is still waiting for his Heirloom to be added to the game is Revenant. Well, an Apex Legends player appears to have done Respawn’s work for them with an impressive concept for Revenant’s Heirloom.

Revenant shaving
Respawn Entertainment
Revenant was released into Apex Legends at the start of Season 4.

Impressive Revenant Heirloom concept

The post, made by VerbatumTurtle, includes a detailed and custom made image that reveals the reasons behind each of the design choices.

The Heirloom itself is called ‘Death’s Head Kusarigama’ and is modeled in the shape of the traditional Japanese weapon. At the base of the Heirloom is Revenant’s signature skull, inspired by his ‘Death Totem’ ultimate ability.

Attached to the skull is a chain that represents his “past life… a life where he experienced pain, and death.” This is no doubt a reference to Revenant’s life as a normal human before he was transformed by Syndicate and Hammond Robotics.

Finally, on the end of the chain, the design incorporates a modified version of Revenents’s straight edge shaver. This is a direct reference to the Season 4 cinematic that sees Revenant using a shaver from his past life as a robot. The artifact serves as a reminder of what he once had and everything that has been taken from him.

It’s fair to say VerbatumTurtle has created an incredible Heirloom that any Revenant main would be thrilled to use. The design is not only perfectly themed for the Legend, but it also incorporates aspects of his lore and backstory.

We’re sure Respawn already has their own plans for a Revenant Heirloom, but they have been known to take inspiration from the community before.