Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek, ex-CS:GO professional turned full-time Twitch streamer, is well known for his battle royale exploits, but reckons that Apex Legends much-anticipated solo mode won’t go down well with fans, despite being one of the most requested features.
Even Respawn Entertainment themselves, developers of Apex Legends, said that a solo mode was “one of the most fan-requested features since launch” – but shroud doesn’t think it will be very popular.
Speaking to his tens of thousands of viewers on August 7, shroud explained that the solo mode, while highly anticipated, simply “won’t work” given the game’s core design.
Apex Legends was developed with three-player teams in mind, with various abilities tailored specifically for team play. For example, Lifeline’s fast revive and shield ability will be rendered useless, and it’s unclear how the loot pool will be rebalanced for solo mode.
When asked how he thinks Respawn will balance for solos, shroud was pessimistic: “Chances are, they’re not going to [balance abilities in solos], which is why the game isn’t going to be very good in solos. I don’t think it will be that popular in solos.
“I think it will come out for limited time, for two weeks, people are going to try it, they’re going to hate it,” Shroud continues, “and then [Respawn] will pull it and they probably won’t do it again.”
Shroud explains that if the developers really want the game to work in solos, they have to “rebalance the whole game for solo”, but doesn’t believe the developers will do so.
As one of the most popular Apex Legends streamers on Twitch, shroud will no doubt try out the new solo mode, but he doesn’t seem as keen on the idea as the majority of the player base.
Solo mode is set to go live for a limited time on Tuesday, August 13, running until August 27.
As part of the limited time event, dubbed the ‘Iron Crown Collection’, various new skins and other cosmetic items are also expected to be added.