Can you play solo in Apex Legends?
Apex Legends is now over four years old, and there’s still a lot of clamor for new modes to shake up the battle royale’s well established formula. One of the questions most often asked is whether Respawn’s title has a Solos mode. Here’s all there is to know.
Since Apex launched, the game has been primarily focused around Trios as its default mode.
We have seen Solos and Duos drop in-game as limited-time-modes, with the latter becoming a permanent fixture in the battle royale. However, the same permanence wasn’t handed to the former, despite player clamor for a mode that allows them to play BR independently.
Here’s everything you need to know about playing solo in Apex Legends.
- Can you play Solo in Apex Legends?
- Apex Legends ‘no fill’ option
- Apex Legends solo mode in the future?
Back in October 2022, Apex Legends Mobile – which has since been shut down by EA and Respawn – got a Solos mode.
Unfortunately, the update only dropped the mode in the mobile version of the battle royale. In short, if you want to play an official Solos mode in Apex Legends, you need to do so on mobile and ahead of May 1, 2023, when the game will go offline for good.
So, will it come to the console and PC versions of Apex Legends? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely.
Way back in January 2021, and not for the first time, Respawn explained that their game was designed around Legend abilities being used in conjunction. In other words, team-play remains integral to Apex.
They again referred players to an April 2020 blog post which read: “When we introduced Solos as a limited-time mode last year we saw it actually negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention. We’ve also purposely designed Legends and their abilities to compliment team-play and squad composition, but when played Solo some Legend abilities become useless.”
In the Chaos Theory update, which dropped in March 2022, Respawn finally added a ‘no fill’ option for matchmaking. As it sounds, this option means players can drop in on their own, opting to play without teammates.
However, they can only do so in Duos or Trios matches, meaning they’ll generally be outnumbered and outgunned by enemies. It therefore might not be suitable for lesser-skilled players, who will be wiped out rapidly by enemies with an inherent advantage.
Furthermore, matches can only have six “no fill” players in total. Respawn explained that this was done in order to avoid disrupting the “pacing of the game.”
Right now, we don’t know – but it doesn’t seem likely. Despite its addition in the mobile version of the game, there don’t seem to be any plans to drop Solos permanently in the main version of Apex Legends.
It seems even less likely given the sunsetting of Apex Legends Mobile, meaning there will be no legitimate ways to play solo against other solo players. It could change as Apex ages though, so we won’t say never just yet.
Keep checking back here for all the latest news and updates on the Apex Legends solo mode.