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Respawn address ‘leaving penalty’ being accidentally enabled in Apex Legends

Published: 4/Apr/2019 2:27 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 2:35

by Albert Petrosyan


Apex Legends players were surprised with an unannounced ‘leaving penalty’ going live on April 3, and Respawn Entertainment have now addressed the situation.

What is a leaving penalty?

A leaving penalty is exactly what it names suggests – a penalty handed to players who leave matches prematurely. 

The premature aspect of leaving is determined by the respective game that the penalty exists in, meaning some games might have a stricter stance against leaving than others.

Usually, these penalties come in the form of a certain amount time that players are not allowing to load back into a match after the penalty has been assigned.

Respawn EntertainmentLeaving while you can still be respawned in three different matches could soon subject you to a leaving penalty in Apex Legends.

How does the leaving penalty in Apex Legends work?

On April 3, for a brief amount of time, the leaving penalty was enabled in-game, despite the fact that there had been no formal announcement from Respawn Entertainment.

In that time, players learned that for every three matches they left prematurely, they were handed a five minute penalty during which they could not queue up for another match.

In the case of Apex Legends, it turned out that “leaving matches early” referred to leaving when teammates could still respawn you. This meant that anyone who left after being fully eliminated but before their Banner card expired were subject to getting penalized.

RedditThe leaving penalty was accidentally enabled in Apex Legends, which caught many players by surprise.

Respawn address leaving penalty in Apex Legends

Shortly after the leaving penalty was disabled in-game, Respawn posted a message on Reddit clarifying the situation and settling down the confusion that had been swirling around the community.

As most had suspected by that point, Respawn admitted that the leaving penalty was enabled accidentally, as it had not been their “intention or plan to have it go live with the update that went out today,” referring to the v1.1 patch that went live earlier on April 3.

They also revealed that the leaving penalty is still in its testing phase and that there is no ETA for when it will go live in-game, as there is the chance that it may not even be added.

We’ve Disabled the Leaving Early Penalty from r/apexlegends

Obviously this unexpected development was a major surprise on a day that had already been a very busy one for the developers at Respawn entertainment.

It will definitely be worth keeping an eye on this leaving penalty, since its addition would drastically change how the game is played.

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Apex Legends dev shares 4 top tips to instantly improve

Published: 21/Nov/2020 17:16

by Joe Craven


Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn Entertainment, has shared his top four tips to improve at Apex Legends, as new players are joining the Titanfall-inspired BR in Season 7.

As more and more content is added to Apex Legends, the game’s learning curve for new players steepens. While skill-based matchmaking will go some way to protect newer players from domination, it can still be a difficult acclimation period.

One Apex Legends player shared their experience of the first 60 hours on the battle royale, summarising that they “just don’t think it’s working for me.”

“I don’t know how everyone is so good at shooting in just silver. Every game I either lose or get carried with lowest damage/kills,” the Redditor said. “I’ve practiced in the firing range and no change. The recoils are brutal, I’m moving to make it harder to hit me, the enemy is doing the same, and I hit maybe 2 shots before I go down… I’m thinking that shooting games are just not for me.”

Triden vehicle in Apex Legends Season 7
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There’s a lot of new content in Season 7 – such as The Trident vehicle.

The player in question finished by asking if there was a guide to help them. As it turned out Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn, chimed in with his view, offering four major tips to improve at Apex.

Cook stated that it will just take practice, and said good aim comes down to four major points. The first and second relate to understanding a weapon’s recoil and range, for which he recommended the game’s Firing Range. The last two tips were to predict enemy movements and target your shots into an enemy’s upper body when in a close-range engagement.

Apex Legends dev tips

  1. Understanding the recoil pattern of the weapon. Firing range helps a lot with this. Once you understand the recoil you can counter it while you fire to keep the bullets going as straight as possible.
  2. Understanding your engagement distance and bullet drop off. Firing range helps with this as well. Knowing how far your enemies are and aiming higher to counteract the drop off so they land where you want.
  3. Predicting player movements. If someone is running to your left and they jump, you can guesstimate where they will land and aim there instead of aiming directly on them. This gives you a split second to predict, aim, and shoot.
  4. Where to aim: If you’re up close, aim right below peoples necks, recoil makes your weapon kick upwards and you can get some headshots in.

But, the dev admits that even with practice, some of it comes down to natural skill, and even those with great aim can still do poorly due to their position.

He reiterated how important both positioning and cover are in any gunfight. “You can have potato aim like me, and still pull off good plays based solely on your positioning,” he continued. “Having plenty of cover to mask most of your body is key. Don’t be afraid to peek out, shoot, then take cover. The harder you are to hit, the less damage you take.”

The player responded to thank Cook for his detailed response, and took it as encouragement to stick with Apex for some time longer. Whether they experience a turnaround in fortunes remains to be seen but, if you’re also struggling in Apex, check out the Respawn developer’s full advice.