Dr Disrespect explains why Apex Legends still feels like a 'pre-alpha' game - Dexerto
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Dr Disrespect explains why Apex Legends still feels like a ‘pre-alpha’ game

Published: 24/Jul/2019 15:47 Updated: 24/Jul/2019 17:36

by David Purcell

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Apex Legends still feels like an “incomplete” game, despite attracting millions of players to the title since launch. 

The popular Twitch streamer is never one to mince his words on the streaming platform and when he has a problem with a game, more often than not he’ll just say it – especially after being eliminated.

Before producing another of his infamous table slams on July 23, the Doc was astonished to find that despite wearing his huge headset on stream, he was unable to hear an opponent that was right on his tail. 

Dr Disrespect, YouTubeDr Disrespect has vented about a number of Apex Legends in the past, but has now called the game “incomplete”.

The Two-Time was about to revive his teammate before he was shocked to find that he was being shot from behind. “Oh yeah, nice footsteps” he said, before slamming his hands onto the table. “I’m so fucking tired of this game. It’s literally so incomplete.”

He added: “I mean, I heard the footsteps? No you didn’t you idiot. You heard it when he was right above us. Not where it should have been. Still feels like a beta? More like a pre-alpha.” 

This isn’t the first time that the Doc has been left unimpressed by the popular battle royale title, though, and there seems to be a broad range to his complaints now too. 

On July 22 he was left completely dumbfounded when his gun didn’t reload as it normally should, and this time Dr Disrespect seemed to have a problem with the audio in-game. 

Whether or not he will continue to play Respawn’s game for much longer remains to be seen, but a hiatus from Apex Legends could soon be on the cards if problems continue to surface while he’s streaming it. 

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.