Apex Legends Preseason Invitational shows why Legend bans could be great - Dexerto
Apex Legends

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational shows why Legend bans could be great

Published: 16/Sep/2019 23:48 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 0:43

by Alan Bernal


The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational has convinced people that maybe temporary character bans could be a worthwhile tactic to improve pro tourneys.

Respawn Entertainment and EA put together one of the biggest competitions for Apex Legends so far with the $500,000 event, but there were more than a few complications throughout the 3-day invitational.

While there were noticeable glitches highlighted by the official stream for the event, some of the more frustrating occurrences came at the hands of Wattson and her Perimeter Security as some players found clever ways to abuse the ability or glitches known to be in the game.

PlayApex TwitchWattson’s fences were really popular during the Preseason Invitational.

But after the dust settled, esports commentator Richard ‘TheSimms’ Simms said that he hopes Respawn “ban Wattson for future Apex tournaments.”

After discussing Wattson’s bigger flaws with Apex pro Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson, TheSimms thinks that there could be a great way to evolve the meta by periodically removing troublesome Legends.

“I do like the idea that certain Legends could be banned during competitive play if they are OP or undergoing changes,” TheSimms advised in order to “keep the meta evolving as opposed to just slapping in new Legends.”

Since the roster of Legends is the game’s “strongest and core attribute,” temporary bans would facilitate a systematic progression to the overall comps that pro teams would opt into. The Preseason Invitational saw a lot of Wattson picks with players using her fences to completely claim a room or nestle on an elevated platform.

Moreover, Team Liquid’s star Mendo says that the Wattson’s “core problem is map design,” since her abilities can severely punish players walking into the narrow corridors and rooms seen throughout Kings Canyon.

While the former Overwatch pro wants to see meaningful updates to address these problems, he also thinks that teams should get a heads up on where circles will land in every match.

“I think for viewership it could be a good idea to show the circle patterns ahead of the game start so people can draft their compositions ahead of the game based on that,” Mendo said. “Otherwise we’ll always see one generalized comp be played.”

He thinks that simple change would add “something unique to the game (and) will help diversity in hero-picks.”

The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational made it clear that the esport still has a ton of room to grow, but it should start out with how they want to address Wattson’s OP mechanics in games.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

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

by Alan Bernal


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.”

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.

Respawn Entertainment
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.