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Apex Legends writer explains why they can’t use fan-made concepts

Published: 26/Jul/2020 13:10 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 3:56

by Andy Williams

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One of the writers behind Apex Legends has delved into why they can’t take inspiration from fan-made concepts, with the top and tail of it all coming down to plagiarism.

There’s an abundance of fan-made fiction and/or concepts about the Apex Legends universe. Right across Twitter, YouTube and Reddit there’s always a constant stream of ideas from passionate minds, eager to have their input flaunted in-game.

Who better to understand what the game needs, than the very people who play it day-in, day-out? Given just how responsive Respawn can be on forums, surely they’ll take inspiration from some of these ideas at some point?

Well, it turns out that is most definitely not the case, as writers aren’t just tasked with creating compelling storylines for players, but must do so while avoiding any potential claims of plagiarism.

Loba in Apex Legends.
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Loba’s storyline was introduced as part of Revenant’s cinematic reveal trailer.

Tom Casiello, one of the minds behind the gripping narrative in Apex Legends, explained exactly why he cannot afford to even look into the labyrinth of fan fiction that has been put out there.

“It’s all about the worst-case scenario. But it’s a worst-case scenario that can end your career: the plagiarism accusation,” Casiello began.

“There are only so many ideas, and if I accidentally stumble into a character someone else thinks they created and I stole from them, then they can sue me.”

Casiello then went on to explain how he cannot afford to even look at the multitude of concepts that are sent his way, referring to an instance that cropped up during a previous line of work.

“I wrote a joke into an episode of a TV show that I swear I thought of myself. Two months later, I caught it on an episode of The Simpsons from 1996. That line was somewhere in my subconscious and I had no idea it was from another show.”

Essentially, the Respawn team have to limit themselves to their thoughts and ideas, to ensure nothing comes back to haunt them later down the line. But those well-thought-out concepts won’t go to waste completely, as Casiello vowed to read them once his work on Apex Legends has come to an end.

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Apex Legends is adding a no-guns LTM in Season 7: Olympus Preview

Published: 30/Oct/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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If you saw the new Apex Legends map called Olympus and thought to yourself “I’d like to explore that without having to deal with annoying enemies”, then Respawn Entertainment has the perfect solution: a no-weapon LTM called Olympus Preview.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn Entertainment is adding a brand new map to Apex Legends called Olympus. After being rumored for quite a while now, the developers finally confirmed the news during the Season 7 trailer, and gave fans an even deeper dive into the map during the gameplay reveal.

While that’s all well and good, being forced to jump into a map that you don’t know and immediately fight other players trying to experience the same thing is always a bit annoying in battle royale games. Luckily, the developers seem to have a solution, and it’s a cool concept.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn will be including a new limited-time mode called Olympus Preview, which will allow players to explore and experience everything the new map has to offer without having to deal with other opponents that immediately try to kill you.

Apparently, the new 30-player mode will give fans an opportunity to jump in to the map and test it out to their heart’s content. They’ll even be able to test the circles.

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Soon players will be able to jump into the new Apex map thanks to a weapon-free mode called Olympus Preview.

When a new map gets added to a battle royale game, not just Apex Legends, a lot of players just want a few matches to explore and experience it before having to fight others, so this helps solve that problem. It also helps fans familiarize themselves with it so that they aren’t jumping in completely blind.

It’ll be interesting to see Apex continues this trend as time goes on. Obviously that would require them to keep adding new maps but, nevertheless, it’s a fun concept to say the least.