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Chinese Apex Legends hackers develop insane cheat program to stop other cheaters

Published: 15/Mar/2019 1:30 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 1:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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As the issue of hacking in Apex Legends continues to get worse and worse, some Chinese players have taken it open themselves to help combat the cheaters.

Despite experiencing explosive success since its release in early-February, Apex Legends continues to face a major issue when it comes to in-game cheating.

Despite Respawn Entertainment announcing that thousand of cheaters have gotten banned up to this point, it still continues to be a frustrating problem that many innocent players have to deal with. 

Seeing as how the developers have not been able to find a more successful solution, some Chinese players have decided to look for a fix themselves, which led them to develop a program that combats cheaters and hackers. 

Ironically, since third-party software isn’t supposed to be used in Apex Legends, the program itself is technically also a hack, and its algorithm essentially uses cheats to stop cheaters. 

Reddit u/SilentRedBoiThis program, created by Chinese Apex Legends hackers, supposedly combats cheaters in the game.

According to Reddit user ‘SilentRedBoi,’ the image above is taken from the Chinese anti-cheat program, and each of its features offers a different counter to popular hacks that players like to use in-game.

Roughly translated, these options are:

  • Autoaim disturb
  • Speed hack back to normal speed
  • Wallhacking cheaters only
  • Convenient reporting system by creating player info file on desktop

Abacus - Unboxing ChinaMany are asking for Respawn to region-lock Chinese players due to the enormous number of hackers.

While each of those four features are powerful in their own way, perhaps the strongest one is the fourth, which creates a file containing the cheater’s information that can be used to easily report him or her for cheating.

It’s been well documented how Apex Legends lacks a convenient in-game system to report cheaters, much like Fortnite Battle Royale, and players instead have to go through a tedious process online.

However, Respawn have confirmed that such a system will be implemented soon in-game, so that reporting feature of the anti-hack program may no longer be needed in the near future. 

RESPAWN ENTERTAINMENTRespawn are under pressure to fix the cheating issue in Apex Legends before things get too late.

While this Chinese anti-cheat program is pretty well though out, and the irony of its existence is pretty humorous, it’s not a sustainable or long-term solution by any means.

The onus is definitely on Respawn to clean up Apex Legends as effectively and soon as they can, before the integrity of the game becomes too fractured beyond repair. 

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.