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Apex Legends players want major rework to the in-game store

Published: 19/May/2019 12:05 Updated: 19/May/2019 12:17

by Joe Craven

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Players of Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall-esque battle royale, are demanding a rework of the in-game store, as the developers address issues surrounding it.

Apex Legends has received community criticism of late, mainly centered around the lack of definitive updates the game has received, particularly when compared to its competitors, like Fortnite Battle Royale, which has a fairly major update once a week.

Now though, they are also facing calls to rework the in-game store, particularly after issues were addressed by Respawn on May 18.

Reddit U/ johnrubyThe in-game store, with the changed layout.

Apex Legends’ in-game store offers players weapon skins, charms and animations in return for in-game currency, as is fairly typical for games nowadays. EA – publishers for Apex Legends – have previously been criticized for their implementation of micro-transactions into their games, such as the FIFA series of soccer games.

However, on May 18, Reddit users noticed changes to the setup of the store, without any item priced by legend token. This shift in appearance was unpopular, and left many Reddit users wondering what the reasons were for this change.

Allfather give me better store! from r/apexlegends

Since then, Respawn have replied in a Reddit post, that explains the situation. “We’ve seen some threads asking about what happened in the store with the removal of recolors and just wanted to give some quick context,” it starts. “We had an issue with the store which meant our next batch of recolors didn’t get in the build in time, so we weren’t able to do the next rotation of recolors. Our options were to just show some number of standard skins or to rotate old recolors back in.”

It finishes by saying that they don’t want to put colors back into the store so soon after their initial release, and that this layout change is only temporary – changing when they release the game’s next patch.

Many users have responded negatively to the post, writing “How about you change the store completely and make skins and camos a reasonable price?”, and another asking for a change to have a complete overhaul of the store itself.

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Still, the community appears to be growing in confusion as to Respawn’s approach for the in-game store for their incredibly popular game.

Hopefully with Season 2, launching in June, there will be more content for players to look forward to, both through earned items by playing, and purchasing cosmetics in the store.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.