Apex Legends: 16k bans, content cadence, mode leaks, and Apex Construct’s not-so-lucky break

    
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The krogan, forever charging.

EA’s surprise hit Apex Legends hasn’t slowed down since its stealth launch earlier this month, in spite of worth contenders in the field – as I type this, the game is still beating every other game, including Fortnite, for eyes on Twitch.

But that’s minus about 16000 people who got the banhammer in the last couple of weeks. That was the number the Respawn community manager posted on Reddit late Friday night, in a dev address that tackles everything from bugs and cheats to content cadence.

“We’re going to start doing more regular updates like this moving forward,” CM Jayfresh writes. “I’ll be making posts daily starting Tuesday next week. Not all of these will be ground breaking or major news but think of it as our way of checking in each day to address what we can.”

Meanwhile, leakers have dug up references to a possible new coming Survival mode that looks a bit like a gameshow as well as a replay system, solo mode, and duo mode. They may never happen, but it’s interesting to see that EA has at least been thinking about ’em.

Finally, PC Gamer reports that a VR game called Apex Construct has been the unwitting beneficiary of some very confused purchases. Apparently, the developer, who launched its game nearly a year ago, says purchases of its Apex Construct have gone up 4000%, especially in China, as people confuse it for Apex Legends, which is free-to-play. Valve is apparently on the job cleaning up the angry reviews from these people who can’t read.

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rafael12104

Valve, I’m sure isn’t totally displeased with the Apex Construct situation. Heh.

So, the other night I saw an aimbot and a speedhacker in the same game.

The aimbot was killing people from a distance with melee strikes. The speed hack was moving as if in fast-forward everywhere.

It’s inevitable, I suppose. I’m glad they are jumping on that immediately with bans.

I would love a solo mode or a survival mode!!!

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Blake

I’ve been enjoying the game but the people with 1.8k kills are a bit … erm … curious. Last night one of them took over 300 damage and moved to me in a blink and killed me — something was up with them. Wish I recorded it or took the name.

Another game we landed in an area where no other team touched down, nor did they land to either side of us (we launched last and watch others descend), and by the time we cleared two builds of drops there was a team on us in full weapons and armor and obliterated us.

Seems like their anti-cheat needs some serious work.

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rafael12104

Yup. It is starting to show. It’s not all the time, but it is out there and if they don’t get on it and I mean in a big way, they will lose control of the game. And that will be that.

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Blake

Yep my buddy and I always duo, sometimes we add in a third friend, but even he was commenting something wasn’t right a few times this past weekend. That one that gut me last night was beyond obvious. I mean I sniped them, and them only, before they killed me and my stats showed I did 32x (was 323 or 328) and they still lived. That’s 150%+ of max health even if you have max armor.

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harbinger_kyleran

I’m not sure if I’m happy they banned 16K cheaters or dismayed the devs left it so wide open that so many were able to take such easy advantage.

Is it really so impossible for game devs to code effectively against it?

Or just a case of not being financially worthwhile to bother even trying much?

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Eliandal

More dismaying that laypeople think it’s so easy to code!

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Xijit

The engine is a customized build of Valve’s Source Engine … Adapting bot programs made for other Source games shouldn’t be that hard.

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micedicetwice

And what does krogan have to do with it?

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Dividion

I wondered that too. I think the only common denominator is EA.

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BraxKedren

It’s funny how so many hardcore BR players are against a solo mode. seeing how the Tutorial only allows you to access a single character (cant swap it out)and ends automatically once you get the Character Ult, it’s hard to really be able to practice with the characters unless you play a match.

With Solo, I see a lot of people getting better and this game and really starting to bring more to the matches.

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Blake

This is my first BR game, so not at all coming from a longtime genre player, but I don’t want solo mode either.

It’s bad enough that one teammate runs off on their own all the time thus ensuring that you’ll be stomped by a coordinated three person group half the time. But if they turned it into a Death match game, with zero tactics it’s not longer the same game.

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BraxKedren

As long as group content is never nerfed to adapt to solo gameplay then I have no issue with them adding that format.

There are some people that just don’t want to play with others due to fear of being harassed over less than hardcore gameplay and such. Solo gives them an outlet to try the game and enjoy it.

Adding other formats for all types of players also adds the element of increased revenue. If I play solo but see that cool skin, I might pay the money for it and so on.

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Blake

I’d be all for a second ‘lobby’ where it was a solo-duo option, but the core game I think should stay 3-man squads. I totally get wanting the option of playing solo, but as it stands it’s all about squad tactics and one person running off really hinders the other two players.

So giving an option lets the game stand as is and offers a second chance to others to play in a different way.

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BraxKedren

That’s what it is. It’s not playing solo against 3 man squads, it’s a lobby where players can just play against other solo players

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Veldan

The problem is that putting a solo queue in can potentially alter the group queue a lot because of matchmaking, leading to increased wait times and a lower amount of parameters that can be taken into account. Though I have to admit, I’m not sure exactly how matchmaking works right now so I can’t tell how much of an effect it would have.

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Veldan

It’s absolutely not true that you need to solo to become better. Before starting Apex, I had never played a BR game, and not played an FPS in over 10 years. I was terrible. Now, I’m not. You learn and get better fast enough by just playing. Perhaps even faster than you would in a solo mode, because there, one mistake means you’re out.

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BraxKedren

Nobody said you NEED Solo to be better, it’s just some people’s rather play that way than be responsible for others

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The Apex Construct thing is kinda funny, but I also kinda want to buy it now that I have watched the trailer.

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Godnaz

Wow, your right. That doesn’t look bad at all for VR.

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Robert Mann

The hands thing with VR (and some non-VR games) just bugs me. Missing the arms is something that I just cannot ignore, my own little “You shall not be bought!” moment in trailer after trailer.

That said, it looks like a game with actual solid effort behind it otherwise, and I would play it (if I could just ignore that, and had the VR stuff) where I wouldn’t touch the BR game if I lived ten thousand years.

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IronSalamander8 .

That final line; “…Valve is apparently on the job cleaning up the angry reviews from these people who can’t read.” is pure gold. Time to make some new games like Apex Predator, Apex Legates, and Apex Leg Warmers for some quick cash!

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Xijit

It is comical how much the general gaming population has zero sense.

EA doesn’t sell their games on steam, and hasn’t for close to a decade … Let’s not even get into how Apex Construct is single player, VR, and RETAIL instead of F2P.

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Kayweg

Agreeing on the sometimes “comical general gaming population”.
About EA not selling on Steam, i found 3 pages worth of EA titles there, some of them even with release dates after “Origin” was launched.
But yes, that’s years back now of course.
It’s easy for us, who are interested beyond “just the games”, to struggle and see how anyone could have gotten this confused.
But i’d wager there are plenty of people who’ve never looked outside of Steam and think everything comes out there.
I still keep seeing posts in comment sections asking wth GOG is.
(Now waiting for that one joker to ask “WTH is GOG ?”)

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Crowe

Sign me up for Apex Leg Warmers. Let’s do it Flashdance style!