Respawn just dropped a load of new information regarding the future of Apex Legends today. It’s likely a response to all of the lashings the game has received as of late. Many players are criticizing the underwhelming Season 1 Battle Pass. In fact, the game’s popularity has been waning so much, not having a response by now would have been worrying indeed. However, Respawn has spoken, and the topic is a three-parter: it’s all about updates, Season 2, and the fate of Titanfall 3.
Executive producer Drew McCoy has taken the stage, and he has a lot to say. First of all, he addresses common bugs and issues that the team is working on. The team’s high-priority is to increase server speed at the start of matches. Secondly, Respawn is tackling audio issues, and it’s currently running some tests. That one should likely be ready sooner rather than later. Respawn is also working on removing cheaters from the game. A running Reddit post at the Apex Legends subreddit has been detailing the work in progress for about a month.
Finally, the team is trying to fix hit registration problems. Respawn is “adding engine features” that will report any instance of hit registration errors. As of now, the developer has managed to address part of the issue. McCoy admitted there’s still a lot more work ahead before the problem is fully understood and repaired.
McCoy doesn’t delve too deeply into what the next season will offer Apex Legends, but he does drop some delicious hints. The Battle Pass in Season 2 will bring forth a brand new Legend to play, as well as another weapon and “something new for the meta.” He also teases about changes coming to the map, saying “you didn’t expect Kinds Canyon to stay the same forever, did you?” Ooh, cheeky. Mostly, however, McCoy stresses more developer involvement with all upcoming changes and updates, as well as communication.
“We need to provide more visibility into the future, and what we’re working on. That doesn’t mean we’re going to start telling folks everything they want to know when they want to know it, but you can expect more transparency on future updates and fewer surprise drops.”
Octane, introduced in Season 1, really likes throwing out the horns.
Finally, we end with the sad news. Sorry to spoil it with that line, but Titanfall‘s future as a series was in jeopardy when Apex Legends took off. After all, development on Titanfall 3 was halted completely so the team could focus on Apex Legends. Earlier in the year, McCoy confirmed everyone’s fears: Titanfall 3 is dead and gone.
McCoy reiterates what he said about Titanfall 3 beforehand. Of course, the team’s focus now is not just on Apex Legends, but the recently revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Respawn has a lot on its plate, and another Titanfall would be more than it could chew.
“Lastly, regarding other games in development at Respawn, it is important to understand that there are entirely separate development teams working on Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Additionally, in order to fully support Apex Legends, we are pushing out plans for future Titanfall games,” McCoy wrote, perhaps with tears in his eyes. “No resources from the Apex Legends team are being shifted to other titles in development here at the studio, nor are we pulling resources from the team working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”
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