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What happens if you play with hackers in Apex Legends? Respawn reveal new anti-cheat strategy

Published: 17/Jul/2019 14:28 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 17:36

by Calum Patterson

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With Respawn Entertainment declaring a ‘war on cheaters’ in their July 12 update for Apex Legends, they are looking to rid the popular battle royale of all kinds of hackers by enforcing some strict new rules.

In addition to the anti-cheat software already in place on PC, Respawn implemented a new system that will match up “detected cheaters and spammers together” in the same game.

This new method attracted the most attention from players, many of whom have become increasingly disgruntled with the level of persistent cheaters they are coming up against, especially since the addition of ranked play.

EAWant to climb the ranks in Apex Legends’ ranked play – don’t do it with a cheater.

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However, Respawn didn’t stop there, and have also taken measures to prevent ‘boosting’ – when a player joins up to play with a cheater to climb the ranks, even if that player isn’t using any cheats themselves.

Respawn state that “even if you are not specifically using a cheat, partying up with cheaters is still cheating.”

If there is evidence that you are deliberately partying up with a player using hacks in Apex Legends, then you too will receive the same punishment, a developer confirmed on Reddit.

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Of course, players need to be ‘obviously’ partying up with cheaters – this presumably means partying up more than once with the same cheating player. How exactly Respawn will determine this is unclear.

To stay on the safe side, you will want to ensure that you remain wary of any teammates you have, and if their gameplay looks suspicious to you, simply submit a report and don’t play with them again.

The developers are understandably keen to purge cheaters from Apex Legends, especially now that there is a ranked mode in the game, with the stakes a little higher.

Their latest update included a new ‘machine learning’ system which should better detect and auto ban hackers. Future updates to combat cheating will come regularly, even on a weekly basis, but the developer has stated that they will not always be listed on patch notes.

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There’s also been another controversy surrounding Apex Legends ranked play, after popular streamer KingRichard used a XIM device to use a keyboard and mouse on console, which some consider cheating.

Keyboard and mouse is not natively supported by Apex Legends on console, but despite the controversy, Respawn is yet to address the issues.

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Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.