Apex Legends might soon have a way to combat cheaters after Complexity’s professional players noted that they’re planning to roll out two-factor authentication at some point in the future.
Like much every other popular multiplayer title, Apex Legends has had to deal with cheaters online – be they using aimbots, god mode, or any other hack that you can think of it to get a leg up.
Respawn Entertainment has done a pretty stellar job in rolling out bans for players who have been convicted of cheating and they have even put job searches out for programmers to develop their anti-cheat team. Though, they might soon be stepping their fight against the cheaters up to another level.
Hackers have even shown off their Apex Legends cheat live on stream.
During their May 17 stream, Complexity’s Apex Legends team noted that the developers had teased that they would be rolling out two-factor authentication as an anti-cheat feature during a professional player playtest event.
“Yeah, they said they were going to come out with two-factor authentication,” the players said. “It’s going to help a lot on the casual cheaters, not the hardcore f**king turds.” Complexity’s squad also noted that they don’t the current anti-cheat has banned many players, with a lot of the bans coming manually.
The introduction of two-factor authentication would not doubt scare off some would-be cheaters seeing as they’d have to hand over a phone number, but as always, anyone who is desperate to cheat would be able to find a way around the hurdle presented by 2FA.
However, when Respawn will actually roll out the feature still very much remains to be seen – especially seeing as it didn’t make the cut for their recent season five update on May 12. That update saw the release of Loba as a new legend, a huge overhaul to the Kings Canyon map, as well as the all-new quests feature being added to the battle royale.
Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.
According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.
In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”
Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.
Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.
Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev
The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.
The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.
“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”
The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson
The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.
“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.
“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”
The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.
Rework may be one possible solution
So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.
“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost — “reworks are incredibly expensive” — and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.
“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.
Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?
There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”
For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!