Apex Legend’s Content Drought is a Big Problem

Apex Legends has a content material drought drawback. It stays among the finest battle royales and has dominated the scene due to its intense, fast-paced motion, impeccable gunplay, and distinctive Legend characters. But whereas it has been 4 years since Apex shock launched and rapidly rose to success, it is now beginning to look drained.

While Apex’s season launches are often nice, providing both new weapons, Legends, or maps, the content material between season launches is often few and much between. There are some updates between seasons that come a month or two after launch – season 14 launched on August ninth introducing the brand new Legend Vantage – and the next replace, the Beast of Prey Collection occasion, dropped two months later.

Collection occasions often final about two weeks and provide up a few beauty objects to purchase and earn, usually together with an Heirloom – a legendary merchandise that transforms your melee assault with a distinctive weapon tied to a particular Legend.

These Collection occasions additionally usher in restricted time modes like Gun Run (principally Gun Game from Call of Duty) and Control (Domination), it isn’t that a lot of a draw and the participant base, myself included, is getting drained. We’ve had the identical restricted time occasions yearly for too lengthy now. The Winter Express prepare dominance mode occasion has been the identical for the final three years and, whereas it is nonetheless a enjoyable sport mode, I need one thing new. The Halloween occasion is the identical and though timed occasions final two weeks, some gamers lose curiosity after a week, usually even much less.

The group has been determined for a new everlasting sport mode, one thing like Control, which pits two groups of 9 in opposition to one another. It’s appeared in earlier timed occasions and is a welcome change from Battle Royale and Arenas.

Last week, Control returned as a part of the Spellbound Collection occasion, which was nice to see. However, the occasion replace had so many points. I bumped into a ton of difficulties once I tried to load Apex, I used to be unable to get previous the loading display most instances and once I finally made it to the principle menu, I’d get kicked out of the sport on account of a “deadly error” or Code Net.

Getting disconnected from matches has been a recurring drawback particularly after main Season updates when there are large sport modifications like new maps, weapons, or Legends. I’ve said earlier than that I actually would not thoughts Apex taking a day or two off to implement a large replace to repair a number of the underlying points to the sport, like what Fortnite does between seasons. But this is a lot more durable to implement than simply saying. However, gamers have additionally been asking for Apex to repair its server stability points for a very long time, particularly since getting disconnected from ranked video games usually leads to gamers getting a time-out penalty for “leaving” the sport after they had been simply disconnected.

The group actually simply would love some open communication and updates in regards to the scenario, particularly when these issues are simply aggravated by the occasion or season updates that spotlight new cosmetics and the identical repeating restricted time sport modes.

Respawn tweeted from its official account – not even the Apex account – that it was wanting into the problems following the Spellbound launch. The subsequent day, no replace, nothing from Respawn, regardless of a lot of gamers reporting they’d misplaced the cash they’d spent to get occasion skins, all due to the servers’ instabilities. They lastly tweeted an replace that a repair had been rolled out to stabilize the problems, practically 24 hours after the debacle and nonetheless solely on the Respawn account.

I like Apex. It’s my primary battle royale, and one I repeatedly play. But I can not ignore the problems Apex has, with its lack of content material drops and poor communication from Respawn. A fast repair may very well be to open up customized non-public lobbies to everybody, which the Spellbound occasion did. However, lobbies wanted a full server of 30 folks to launch. Any much less and it would not work.

Obviously sport growth is extraordinarily difficult – there are many shifting components to contemplate, particularly with a stay service, and all the pieces must be totally examined earlier than it is launched to the general public. But Apex devs have already stated they have a look at knowledge from present and restricted time modes, in addition to participant behaviors, to offer updates to the sport. If that is the case, why are we nonetheless getting the identical vacation occasions repeatedly, though curiosity has dwindled? And bugs like server points that stop folks from logging on are, frankly, unforgivable.

Epic took Fortnite offline for a few days to relaunch it on a new engine. It was a large transfer – it little question value thousands and thousands in misplaced income – nevertheless it finally meant the participant expertise was the perfect it may very well be when it got here again on-line. Maybe it is time for Respawn to do the identical? The Apex group has been asking for main updates to the sound and server system for years, because of the audio bugs and server latency points which have plagued it previously, however proper now issues aren’t getting any higher.

The lack of updates has meant that a lot of gamers and content material creators who used to play Apex have began emigrate to different video games. According to SteamDB, Twitch viewers dropped closely from November twenty first’s peak at 285,383 to a regular decline to a low of 83,838 on December nineteenth. That’s a big 70% drop. The participant base additionally dropped 12% from 413k on Steam to 360k throughout this timeframe as effectively which was between content material updates.

Major Apex streamers like LuluLuvely have converted to taking part in different video games like Overwatch 2. Ex-Apex Pro participant Rocker, who performed for one of many high North American Apex groups NRG, launched a assertion on Twitter on January tenth saying he was quitting not solely aggressive Apex, but in addition taking part in Apex basically.

He wrote, “I’m executed with apex. I’ve been mendacity to myself for a whereas saying I wish to grind and that I benefit from the sport, however in actuality I simply can not appear to get pleasure from it- not to mention play the sport for greater than 2 hours at a time.”

I additionally took a break, though a shorter one, from Apex for a month to play Warzone, which was a good trip however for me, nothing comes near Apex’s motion and gunplay. I like Apex and its core sport, however the lack of updates might be its downfall until it is addressed, and quick.

Apex Season 16 is set to launch someday in early February and because the vacation season is over May get extra updates to the sport. I actually hope so, as a result of whereas I like the sport and wish to see it proceed to succeed, if nothing modifications I’ll should shift my principal FPS focus elsewhere.

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