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Shroud thinks Apex Legends’ success changed Respawn’s content plans

Published: 11/Mar/2019 3:57 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 4:49

by Vincent Genova

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Apex Legends is set to receive a content update soon and Shroud thinks there is an explanation for the timing.

Apex has seen a rapid increase in popularity, far exceeding expectations on its way to becoming one of the biggest games in the world.

Shroud thinks this unexpected growth is the reason for a delay in the promised content updates.

“I think with Season 1, it was already supposed to be out,” started Shroud. “But I think they wanted to do better.”

Respawn originally announced their plans for the future right after the game’s surprise launch on February 4, saying Apex’s first update will arrive in March.

“I think the plan for Season 1 was real simple, it was just a Battle Pass and new characters, that was it,” explained Shroud. He continued, “ but the game took off and they didn’t expect it, so now people are expecting more.”

Shroud’s timeline is a little off, Respawn already announced new loot and weapons to accompany the Battle Pass before Apex became popular. However, he could be right in that they took another look at their content after seeing the game take over Twitch.

It remains to be seen if Respawn has adjusted the timeline of the Battle Pass launch, since they originally said March and the month is not over. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella did have a response for those losing patience on the Apex Legends content drop. “It hasn’t even been 4 weeks since we launched! The team is working hard, I promise,” said the game’s creator.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.