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Respawn explain why Apex Legends “needs” skill-based matchmaking

Published: 5/Jun/2020 13:48

by Connor Bennett


Respawn Entertainment’s Chad Grenier has explained why Apex Legends actively “needs” skill-based matchmaking, noting that is is “healthy” for the battle royale.

Plenty of popular multiplayer titles have implemented skill-based matchmaking of some kind. Though, it isn’t always popular with fans. SBMM, as it is more commonly known, can cause players to have incredibly waiting times for matches and then end up in the wrong skill lobby – leaving them dismayed.

Plenty of Apex Legends fans have criticized the battle royale’s development team for using SBMM in their title, with someone even experimenting with different accounts to figure out how it works. Yet, the developers have now noted that skill-based matchmaking is actually needed in Apex.

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Skill-based matchmaking has been wholly popular in Apex Legends.

Speaking to VG247, Chad Grenier, Game Director at Respawn, said that Apex has had skill-based matchmaking since it launched back in February of 2019 – noting that the devs have run tests with SBMM turned off.

Grenier added that the devs have “concrete evidence that skill-based matchmaking is good for the overall health of the game” and that is why they haven’t addressed it. “It’s clearly good for the game,” he also said, noting that it keeps new players engaged with Apex. “We need skill-based matchmaking.”

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The full answer from Respawn on Apex’s SBMM.

The game director also said that Respawn feels like SBMM is “really healthy” for Apex Legends, despite what complaints and annoyances that players might have with the system.

The devs further noted that there are plenty of variables in their system for matchmaking, and even though it works well, it does have to push you into a game at times of the day where lobbies might not be completely full. 

Plenty of players, with their own different reasons, will always want to see the back of skill-based matchmaking but it doesn’t look like it’ll be going away anytime soon – if ever – in Apex.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.