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Apex Legends punishments coming for “dashboarding” in Ranked Play

Published: 8/Jan/2020 9:45

by Matt Porter


Apex Legends‘ Senior Systems Designer Eric ‘Ghost’ Hewitt has confirmed that the development team will be handing out widespread punishments to those who have been abusing a glitch in Ranked Play that lets them leave games without facing matchmaking penalties.

Ranked Play is a way to test your skills against opponents of a similar skill level, with your performance earning a rank which can vary from bronze all the way up the to the top level – which is known as Apex Predator.

Winning matches or placing highly can earn points towards improving your rank, while getting eliminated early sees them taken away from you. Abandoning games early offer the biggest punishments, though, as not only will you lose Ranked Play points, but you’ll be hit with a matchmaking penalty that will stop you from joining matches for a length of time dictated by your past.

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Players are awarded a rank based on their skill at the game.

Unfortunately, some Apex Legends players have found that while quitting from the in-game menu causes these penalties, closing the entire game and starting it again negates these punishments.

This practice is known as ‘dashboarding,’ and means that should players join a Ranked Play lobby that looks difficult, or if they find themselves with teammates who they don’t want to play with, they are able to abandon the game with no consequences.

The loophole looks set to be closed in the near future. When asked by a player about ways to report those who dashboard the game, Hewitt confirmed that there was “no need to report it manually,” as the development team can see it on their end. The Senior Systems Designer ended the tweet with a warning to those who have been using the trick too, writing: “Judgement Day will be coming.”

On top of the upcoming wave of penalties, Hewitt also confirmed that the Respawn Entertainment team are working on a system that will hand out “immediate punishment” in the future, explaining that they needed to get “everything lined up appropriately.”

He concluded: “We care deeply about the ranked experience, so things will be handled soon.”

What punishments “Judgement Day” will entail remains unknown, but it seems Respawn are aware of those who have been abusing the system and will be handing out retrospective penalties.

There’s currently no confirmed date for when these will be issued to players, or for when the system that immediately punishes those who dashboard the game will go live in Apex Legends.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.