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Shroud reveals Respawn considered adding CS:GO-style economy system to Apex Legends

Published: 14/May/2019 23:55 Updated: 15/May/2019 0:36

by Albert Petrosyan


Respawn Entertainment were apparently considering adding an economy system in Apex Legends early one, according to Twitch superstar Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek.

Upon its release, Apex Legends introduced a variety of novelties to the world of battle royale, such as its Ping System and the ability for players to respawn teammates that had been fully eliminated.

However, it appears that Respawn did not want to stop there, as they were thinking about adding an economy system, much like in CounterStriker: Global Offensive.

This comes according to Shroud, who, of course, has been privy to a lot of insider information about the Apex Legends, starting from when he and other prominent streamers were invited by Respawn and EA to try the game prior to its release. 

“There’s another idea that Apex had a while back,” he said on stream. “They were thinking of ‘what about adding an economy system in pro matches, where you have ten rounds, and in those ten rounds, you buy in. It’s like you’re playing CounterStrike at the beginning, before you jump in.”

How the economy system works in CS:GO

The way the economy system works in CS:GO is that players get a certain amount of cash to spend on weapons and items at the start of each round.

That cash total gets increased each round depending on how the player and their team perform in that round, taking into factors such as the number of eliminations, whether the round was won or lost, etc…

Obviously, the more cash a player has to spend at the start of each round, the better weapons, explosives, and protective gear they can purchase for that round. 

CS:GOThe economy system in CS:GO gives players a certain amount of cash at the start of each round to use on weapons and items.

How this would play out in Apex Legends

While Shroud didn’t elaborate much in his description, what he said essentially would mean that players would have an amount of currency at the start of each match that would be dependent on how they did in the previous match, such as placement, eliminations totals, revives, etc…

The more currency a player would have at the start of the round, the better weapons and items the would be able to gain access to during the course of the match.

According to Shroud, this system would be designed more for “pro matches,” which means it could have been an idea Respawn had for a ranked mode rather than just casual play.

Regardless, the addition of such a feature would have been a totally new concept in battle royale, and it would have been interesting to see how effectively it worked. 

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Apex Legends director reveals plans to make it more than a battle royale

Published: 31/Oct/2020 10:35

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends is currently one of the most popular battle royale games in what is a saturated market, going toe-to-toe with Fortnite and Warzone – but developers Respawn Entertainment have plans to make it much more than that.

Apex is currently gearing up for its seventh season, which devs have boasted is their biggest yet in terms of new content, as they release the game’s third map, a new Legend, Horizon, and a host of new features like Clubs and a Steam launch.

However, while the battle royale side of things is going from strength to strength, Respawn are ambitious, and have plans to take their Apex Legends universe to new places.

Their focus might currently still be on the battle royale, but game director Chad Grenier has revealed that the studio has much grander plans for the future.

POI on Olympus in Apex Legends
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Apex Legends is moving to a whole new world in Season 7, Olympus on Psamathe.

The future of Apex Legends

In an interview with Eurogamer, Grenier revealed that they are already working on content for up to Season 12 of Apex, as they try to plan as far ahead as possible.

But, beyond just the new seasons of content, there is also a wider view about how they can take their roster of Legends and do new and exciting things. “Right now we’re a battle royale game. I think if you look into the future, we have a lot of conversations of, you know, should we expand beyond battle royale?” Grenier said.

“We have this roster of legends that people love – how else can we use them? I think looking into the future, you’re probably going to see the game becoming more than just a battle royale game. You see we have all these LTMs (limited time modes) and other ways to play. I think that’s a great starting point.”

Horizon running in Apex Legends
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Respawn think they can do more with their roster of Legends.

What exactly this could mean is unclear, but we can make a few educated guesses. The most obvious would be some form of PvP multiplayer mode, Call of Duty style. Respawn’s Titanfall series already did this successfully, and many developers at the studio actually worked on the Modern Warfare series at Infinity Ward previously.

The other obvious option would be PvE. They’ve already dabbled their toes in this with the Season 5 quest, which had small single-player ‘missions’ of sorts, but it wasn’t an all-out campaign or story mode as such.

Given the great lore that Apex Legends has already built up through trailers, teaser and comics, it certainly would make sense to give it more gameplay aspects too.

For now, the focus is on Season 7, but it sounds like Apex Legends has big plans to innovate beyond the standard battle royale.