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Apex Legends punishments coming for “dashboarding” in Ranked Play

Published: 8/Jan/2020 9:45

by Matt Porter

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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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Apex Legends Horizon actor reveals bizarre way she helped make Season 7

Published: 25/Nov/2020 14:48

by Jacob Hale

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The voice actor behind Apex Legends’ newest character, Horizon, has revealed the bizarre conditions in which she provided the voice, and it’s crazy to see where our favorite Scot came from.

Horizon was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 7, bringing a new set of abilities to the game, alongside new map Olympus.

The Gravitational Manipulator has been an instant hit with fans, so much so that we actually ranked her as one of the best legends in the game in our Season 7 tier list, behind only Wraith, Gibraltar and Bloodhound.

So, for such a fantastic character, Apex fans might expect a large-budget, Hollywood-esque production to get her voice lines and general character perfect… but that wasn’t the case.

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Horizon has been an instant hit in Apex Legends.

Season 7 launched on November 4, 2020, and after letting the dust settle a bit, Horizon voice actor Elle Newlands shared a brilliant video from when she was recording for the character.

Clearly excited, this is about as 2020 as it gets, as Newlands was confined to a tiny closet to get her work done.

“I had to capture this for posterity,” she started excitedly. “I just stepped out of my closet, it’s July 17, I’m in Los Angeles in a 2-foot by 3-foot closet where I have my little recording booth, and I just recorded facial recognition and voiceover for Season 7 of Apex Legends, and I’m the voice of Horizon… Aah!”

Clarifying that it was for the Season 7 trailer, Elle said she is “so excited” to be in the game, calling the fact that she’s doing it all from home “amazing.”

It goes without saying that it is amazing what Elle and the wider Respawn crew have managed to pull off, in her own words, to “keep the entertainment flowing” despite all the issues the world has been facing in 2020.

If this can be done in a 2x3ft closet in someone’s home, we can’t imagine the possibilities for characters in the future of Apex.