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Apex Legends pro Ace hits out at Respawn for ‘catering to casuals’

Published: 16/Dec/2019 10:02

by Connor Bennett


NRG professional player Brandon ‘Ace’ Winn has hit out at Apex Legends developers Respawn Entertainment for catering their game to ‘casual’ players instead of hardcore fans. 

While it has been on the market since early February of 2019, Apex Legends hasn’t quite exploded on to the competitive scene like Fortnite or even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Organizations have picked up multiple players and there have been events – including a few pro-ams and charity one-offs, but as for real substance, that has been lacking.

Despite that, the game is still pretty popular with Respawn rolling out plenty of content updates, fixing bugs and other issues, as well as running events like the Holo-Day Bash. Yet, professional star Ace would like to see the developers pivot and take on the advice of players like himself.

RespawnThe Holo-Day Bash is Apex Legends’ newest piece of themed content.

Speaking on NRG’s Sunday Sitdown video series, the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro opened up on his feelings about the current state of the game after his last rant went super viral.

“I kind of exaggerated that clip but that thing blew up and I feel bad, because, the devs are really passionate about Apex – you can tell – but the direction they’re taking the game is like they don’t listen to the actual people who play the game,” Ace said.

“They really cater towards the causal fanbase and I feel like that’s just not the way to take your game,” he continued, before noting that some who plays for 12 hours a day is going to know “what’s wrong with the game” and “what the game needs” rather than someone who is only dipping in and out. 

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“It really feels like they’re trying to lower the skill ceiling, and they keep on lowering it, and it’s just not the way to take the game,” Ace concluded before switching the topic to content creation.

Of course, it’s not unnatural for any competitive player to feel the way Ace does, but for a game like Apex that is yet to make its mark, he may play a key role in getting changes made.

Wheter or not the Respawn development team will heed his words remains to be seen, but until a real competitive scene is struck up, it’s hard to see them changing course in the immediate future.

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Valve’s Gabe Newell wants to play Apex Legends for future game inspiration

Published: 23/Jan/2021 21:10 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 21:22

by Alan Bernal


Apex Legends is in the backlog of Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, popularly known as Gaben, as the game industry legend thinks he can get a ton of inspiration from the unique battle royale.

Counter-Strike, Dota, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and many more. Gaben not only gave life to the most popular digital games marketplace, but also created some of the most beloved titles in their respective genres.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Famer has had a major influence in the world of games, and he might have just identified where his next dose of game development inspiration will be coming from.

“The one game that I really want to start playing, I have no excuse, but I want to play Apex Legends,” Newell told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS. That’s one title in his games backlog that he’s really been itching to play, saying that a “bunch of people at Valve” have been grinding away in the Arena.

But always more than a gamer, Newell is keen to dive into Respawn’s battle royale since he thinks it’ll have plenty for him to learn about as he plays.

“I think I’ll enjoy playing [Apex Legends], which is always good, but I also think there’s things I’ll learn as a videogame developer from playing it,” he said. Newell mentioned that games from prolific designers like Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto are always fun, but they also seem to give insights in the craft.

The Valve boss said that he’s been trying to court more traveling companions onto Dota 2, but can’t wait to join the hordes at Valve who are entrenched in the Apex Games.

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Overall, Newell’s comments are immense praise to the people at Respawn, who recently brought Apex to the Steam marketplace. A bunch of Respawn personnel also reacted to Newell’s comments with as much glee as you might expect.

“Dear Gaben if you’re out there, you bearded god: If you and your squad wanna play a few games with Respawn’s design leads and directors, hit us up! We’re big fans,” Director of Community and Communications Ryan K. Rigney said.

Even more interesting is to see what Newell could do with the inspiration he gets from Apex Legends. Valve has industry-leading titles across the FPS and MOBA genres, so it’ll be interesting to see how much he takes from Respawn’s battle royale.