Almost everyone has experienced the pain of being kicked off your game of choice while battling it out online, and now Respawn is finally giving Apex Legends players a chance to reconnect if they’re forced out of a game.
Apex currently doesn’t give players the option to reconnect after being knocked off, as most other online games do, like Overwatch and Valorant, for example.
As a result, this seemingly-simple feature has become one of players’ most-requested additions since the game released, and now the developers have confirmed it’s on the way.
According to a blog post put out by one of the Apex Legends devs, this ‘Reconnect’ feature will be introduced in Season 5.
The feature, as the name implies, will allow players to reconnect to a game after being kicked out for an internet issue that’s not their fault, if the match is still in progress.
“We’re happy to announce that reconnect is coming in Season 5,” the dev said. “If you get disconnected due to inclement weather, a quick brownout, or a crash in-game – you can now just restart and if the session is still ongoing you will reload right back into the session.”
As some players pointed out though, the option to reconnect to a battle royale game like Apex could end up being a bit of a double-edged sword.
Say, for example, you disconnect while your squad is rotating on the edge of the circle, and when you get back in, you’re deep in the storm with no hope or chance of living.
Another problem could be when you’re playing with random teammates, they could just decide to cut their losses and quit the game after seeing you disconnect, leaving you to load back in with a smaller squad, or none at all.
I can’t wait to have my game crash and when I load back in I’m in the middle of storm
— Shark boi ? (@John_thegr8) April 24, 2020
There are no details yet about whether this reconnect feature will only be available in Ranked play or in all of the other modes as well, but Respawn promised more details in the upcoming Season 5 patch notes, so keep an eye out for those whenever they arrive.
As for when the new season is expected to launch, the date was originally set to May 5, but the developers announced on April 24 that it had been pushed back a week, with the new start date set for Tuesday, May 12.