Can you play solo in Apex Legends?

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Respawn’s acclaimed battle royale is now over three years old, and players are still wondering whether an Apex Legends Solo mode will ever be introduced permanently. It’s a simple question, but the answer is actually pretty complicated.

Since Apex launched, the game has been primarily focused around Trios as its default mode. We have seen a Solos and Duos mode, the latter becoming a permanent feature for some time now while the former has only just been added into the mobile version of the game.

Here’s everything you need to know about playing solo in Apex Legends.

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Can you play Solo in Apex Legends?

In the October 3, 2022 update for Apex Legends mobile, the game added in a solo mode for players to dive straight into. However, the update is only included in the mobile version of the game. Meaning that – sorry PC and console Apex Legends players – the only way to play solo mode at the moment is through Apex Legends mobile.

Despite leaks from June 2022 suggesting that solo mode would be coming to Apex Legends mobile, the confirmation may still come as a surprise to Apex fans given developer Respawn Entertainment has been extremely vocal about why solo isn’t something they see as pivotal to the Apex experience.

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The dev team says that the legends’ abilities were designed to be used alongside each other.

Back in January, Respawn reiterated their stance against a Solo mode, referring to an April 2020 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.”

Apex Legends ‘no fill’ option

In the Chaos Theory update, which dropped in-game on March 9, 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.

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The ‘no fill’ option dropped on March 9.

Despite its inclusion, 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.”

Similarly, the ‘no fill’ option means that players opting to use it will have to play on their own, regardless of the mode they’re playing in. ‘No fill’ will likely be used by upper-echelon players, who are more confident on taking on teams on their own.

Apex Legend solo mode for PC and console in the future?

While solo may now be available to play in Apex Legends mobile, Respawn is yet to announce when, or if, the feature will be making its way to PC and console. However, if the dev team has committed to a mobile release it is very likely that solo will be added to other platforms down the line.

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