In a recent post, Apex Legends and potentially issue permanent bans.
Apex Legends is currently one of the biggest battle royale games in the genre and many players are wanting to level up their in-game accounts as fast as possible, with ‘survival time’ earning XP points, meaning the longer you are alive in-game, the more XP you get.
Respawn Entertainment have now announced in a Reddit post on May 10 that they will start potentially issuing permanent bans after some players have resorted to some unfair tactics such as “piggy-backing” to level up quicker in Apex Legends.
Bad teammates in Apex Legends will finally be penalized for “piggy-backing.”
What is piggy-backing in Apex Legends?
Piggy-backing is a term used for when a player joins a game and makes no effort to participate, instead allowing other players in their squad to carry them to a good placing in order to gain more experience and level up faster.
Respawn have announced that after doing some investigation of just how many matches have been affected by this behavior, they will “start instituting [temporary] bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior” and even stated that ”extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban.”
Respawn’s post detailing new enforcement on players “piggy-backing” in Apex Legends.
Respawn have also confirmed that this new rule change does not come into immediate effect, but it is likely that we will see it enforced in the near future in order to cut down on players having bad experiences with teammates in-game.
Many will welcome this new change as teammates piggy-backing or not contributing to the team has been one of the main issues fans have had during their experiences on Apex Legends.
However, there is also concern that players may be penalized for accidentally being AFK, so hopefully Respawn’s monitoring system is robust enough to filter out the accidental piggy-backers from the deliberate nuisance players.
Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem update is due to drop on February 2, and although patch notes aren’t expected until right before the update goes live, we already know of a bunch of confirmed changes and fixes coming. Here’s an early look at what the patch notes are expected to include.
But, the most exciting part of the patch notes themselves will be seeing how Respawn has adjusted the various Legends with nerfs and buffs, plus some of the quality of life changes planned.
Apex Legends Season 8: Early patch notes
New Legend: Fuse
Straight from Salvo, Fuse is an explosive Legend, and his abilities reflect this. He can shoot projectiles from his prosthetic arm, and his ultimate will shoot a mortar-like missile, which explodes into a ring of fire.
Fuse joins the Apex roster in Season 8.
New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater
We didn’t get a new weapon in Season 7, but we are in Season 8. Fuse brings the 30-30 repeater straight from Salvo. It’s a lever-action rifle that packs a punch.
The 30-30 Repeater will be added to the loot pool this February.
Kings Canyon map changes
The arrival of Fuse has obliterated Kings Canyon. Original POIs including Slum Lakes and Artillery have been destroyed, and there is a new hue to the map.
A massive explosion on Kings Canyon has completely changed the map.
New Season 8 Battle Pass: Mayhem
As always, there will be a fresh battle pass for the new season, which will include over 100 items.
We don’t know if there will be any changes to the battle pass system yet, like there was in Season 7.
Note: This is not a final list of all Legends that are getting changes in the Season 8 update.
Adding 45 health to her Amped Cover
Respawn say they are looking at changes to Wraith’s hitbox, to bring her in line with other Legends.
Respawn are looking at nerfs to her tactical ability, but haven’t confirmed the exact changes they’re making yet.
Respawn have been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant, but are looking at hitbox adjustments
Respawn are looking for ways to make Wattson more fun, without making her more powerful
Fix for decoys making footstep noise – this was originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future update, possibly with Season 8.
Caustic hammer breaking doors – this was also originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future patch, possibly with Season 8.
Horizon is due for a slight nerf in Season 8.
Quality of Life
In-game damage tracker added
Heirloom store not showing all Heirlooms
Players told they are buying Gibraltar’s Heirloom when buying Caustic’s Heirloom
Legend skins for Mirage and Bangalore affecting aim down sights
Errors relating to private matches
Players can’t hear each other in cross-play lobbies
A new Ranked Series will begin at the start of Season 8: Ranked Series 7. We expect that there will be two splits in the season again, with the first probably on World’s Edge. It’s unlikely that the new Kings Canyon features in Ranked, until players are used to the changes.
Season 8 Collection Event
Data miners have uncovered files related to an Anniversary Collection Event in Season 8. Although collection events typically start midway through the Season, this time it could potentially start earlier, given that the 2-year anniversary of Apex Legends is February 4 – two days after Season 8 starts.
That’s everything we know at the moment about what’s coming in the Season 8 update patch notes.
We’ll keep you updated with more changes as they come, and of course when Respawn releases the full patch notes.