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Respawn finally fix Apex Legends hit registration bug in May 20 patch

Published: 21/May/2020 6:45 Updated: 21/May/2020 7:04

by Isaac McIntyre


Respawn have released a new Apex Legends hotfix patch on May 20, with the game’s 1.39 update set to target one of the biggest issues in Season 5 so far ⁠— the hit registration issue that has plagued the battle royale in recent weeks.

In any competitive first-person shooter, hit-registration is one of the most crucial parts of the gameplay. If hit reg isn’t working properly, bullets and damage will not be properly recorded server-side. It’s one of the biggest FPS issues there is.

Apex Legends players were, reasonably so, pretty peeved when they discovered the title’s big Season 5 update had thrown the entire hit-reg system out of whack. Respawn confirmed the issue soon after and got to work on squashing the bug.

Apex Legends update 1.39 targets hit reg issue

On May 20, the Apex devs confirmed they had found the root of the problem, and sent hotfix update 1.39 live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately, there are no patch notes, but producer Josh Medina did confirm the fix.

“New patch available! Go check your updates and download,” he announced soon after the ~50mb patch went live. He also confirmed the new update ⁠— helmed by Respawn engineer Samy Duc ⁠— was designed to “fix hit reg.”

Respawn have pushed an update to fix the issue, but that is no guarantee the issue will be resolved entirely. The developers previously rolled out a hotfix on May 14 to fix the bug, but it persisted beyond the patch.

It does look like the long-standing Season 5 bug may finally have been resolved, though. Pro players like Tanner Roach and Jack ‘NiceWigg’ Martin reported the bug truly had been squashed, after testing their gunplay post-patch.

Apex Legends players should be able to land their shots again now that Respawn has pushed their May 20 patch.
Apex Legends players should be able to land their shots again now that Respawn has pushed their May 20 patch.

Apex’s broken hit registration issue was certainly the biggest bug plaguing Respawn’s hit battle royale in Season 5. It was also, however, far from the only problem the devs have had on their radar in the last few weeks.

Other issues that will see server-side fixes in coming weeks include buzzing noises that can be heard during matches, a strange Revenant ult bug, reconnect issues, and more, Respawn confirmed earlier this week.

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young


The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

Apex Legends ALGS
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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.