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Ninja explains how Apex Legends was “a missed opportunity”

Published: 28/May/2019 18:59 Updated: 28/May/2019 19:11

by Eli Becht

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Twitch star Tyler ‘Apex Legends was a missed opportunity for Respawn but it’s still an incredible game.

Apex Legends got off to a blazing fast start when it first launched in February 2019 but it has cooled off significantly since its launch.

The development has slowed down to the point where fans are openly wondering what’s next for the game and many are growing impatient. Games like Fortnite Battle Royale have led players to expect more frequent updates than developers may be used to.

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Ninja was asked by a viewer about Apex Legends and he shared his opinion on the game as a whole, praising some aspects but saying updates just didn’t come fast enough.

“I don’t think anyone’s gonna leave Fortnite to play Apex,” he said. “Listen, I’m gonna say what I’ve always said about that game, it’s incredible. Gunplay, everything about it man, it was incredible. They missed a huge opportunity by not providing fresh and new exciting content. It got pretty stale, they know that. I don’t think there’s anyone there that would argue that they have done a great job at putting in new content.”

What is coming with Season 2?

Respawn promised to improve on the Season 1 Battle Pass with better content and possibly a map change, according to a blog post.

New Legends are pretty much a certainty as well and there’s a lot out there on a Legend named Wattson, someone who currently isn’t in the game. However, shroud warns fans to not get their hopes up too much.

For more concrete information, fans will have to wait until E3, which June 7 to June 9. Respawn promises a lot with Season 2 so let’s see if they can deliver.

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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.