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Respawn explain changes to Ranked Play coming in Apex Legends Season 4

Published: 1/Feb/2020 15:25 Updated: 1/Feb/2020 15:27

by Joe Craven

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Ahead of the fourth season of the immensely popular battle royale, developers Respawn Entertainment have revealed a number of changes coming to Apex Legends’ ranked play. 

At the end of January, the designers behind Apex Legends’ Ranked Series explained a number of changes that players can expect going into Season 4 – Assimilation, which has been confirmed as dropping on February 4. 

Reset to rankings midway through Season 4

The post, dated January 23, revealed a few major changes coming to Ranked Series 3. Arguably the most notable is that there will be a reset to ranked standings midway through each season.

Respawn showing the splits in the Ranked Series 3
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The split is detailed by the dates above, presumably before Season 5 begins.

With an Apex Legends Season equating to roughly 12 weeks, the ranked cycle will now be roughly six weeks, resetting midway through the season.

“This means that Series 3 will have two shorter splits, each with a soft reset,” Respawn said. “Split 1 will be played on World’s Edge while Split 2 will be back on King’s Canyon to keep things fresh.”

This news will likely be welcomed by players, many of whom have hoped for a chance to return to King’s Canyon. 

‘Master Tier’ to be added before Apex Predator

The next change detailed is the addition of a ‘Master Tier’, which will slot in between Diamond Tier and Apex Predator. This is to reduce the number of players who achieve the rank of Apex Predator, which will now only allow the top 500 players per console.

shows the new ranking system in Apex Season 4
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Master Tier will be implemented between Diamond and Apex Predator.

“The RP required to make it to Master Tier will still be 10,000 RP as Apex Predator was,” Respawn explained. “Apex Predator tier will now be exclusive to the top 500 players per platform… We feel this should give more prestige to making and keeping your Apex Predator rank, while still keeping the tiers above Diamond very exclusive.”

Other changes include rewards, but these are minor and will likely not affect players to a significant degree.

Scoring and buy-in system to stay the same

The post details a number of aspects of the Ranked Series that are staying the same, including the entry costs for matches at respective tiers. The new Master Tier will cost 60RP – the same as a match in Apex Predator.

The post concludes by saying: “We’ll continue to evaluate and improve Ranked Leagues, but we’re happy with the progress so far. A big thanks to all the players that grind the ladder and show us what high skill games of Apex Legends really look like.”

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Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:54 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:01

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment has announced that they are delaying the official release of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, after announcing their launch on Steam for PC players.

The news that Apex was coming to Switch was first shared during the EA Play Live event on June 18, where they revealed the next stages of the game’s development. It finally put a host of rumors and leaks to bed since Apex’s debut back in 2019, as players wanted to immediately take the Arena with them on-the-go shortly after launch.

The news would have opened the game to expand its player count by millions, but Switch players will now have to wait a little longer after further delays were announced.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release date

Respawn confirmed that the new Switch port has been delayed until early 2021 after it was expected to arrive with the Steam version of the game.

“For those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” Apex Game Director Chad Grenier confirmed, on October 23.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” the Respawn dev continued, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

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Apex Legends will be on all the major consoles in early 2021.

While it is being delayed, he confirmed that it still arrive with all of the expected features, “of course, when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play, our latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

This won’t be the first time a major battle royale comes to Nintendo Switch. EA and Apex Legends are going to compete against Epic Games and Fortnite for the many battle royale fans on the platform.

The initial announcement was a longtime coming. Reports for a Nintendo Switch port have been around for about as long as Apex Legends has been released to the world.

In a 2019 interview only months after Apex’s release, Project lead at the time, Drew McCoy, said that the company knew a Nintendo port was on many people’s wishlist. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for Nintendo fans who have been waiting to get into the Arena.

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Players from all walks of consoles will be able to drop into Apex Legends soon.

There were a lot of questions revolving around the technical limitations of the Switch that would be a hurdle for a port, but the developers are now committed to releasing it early in 2021.

It’s unclear what the download size for the Switch version will be, so stay tuned to Dexerto for all the latest information on the upcoming Apex Legends port.