Since the launch of Apex Legends, developer Respawn Entertainment has been getting bombarded with requests of new features. Although the game has added lots of new content in the form of weapons, characters, and the highly anticipated battle pass, fans are anxiously waiting for the addition of solos and duos game modes.
Responding to a question regarding the launch date of solos, Respawn developer Scriptacus explains why they’re so secretive about upcoming content.
“As to why I don’t give specific answers about unannounced or requested features (like alternate modes); far too often it’s unwise to do so,” writes Scriptacus. “Just mentioning this kind of stuff gets taken as a promise. The timeline starts the moment it’s mentioned… and everyone has a different expectation of what’s a reasonable timeline… and many people heavily underestimate what is required.”
Scriptacus points out that Apex Legends has a lot of things that require the developers’ attention. For this reason, Respawn is forced to prioritize, which means some players are left unhappy. “That’s just reality, and we can’t make everyone happy.”
He further explains that going on the record about an unreleased feature tends to end badly for everyone involved.
“If I were to say “Yes, feature X will come to the game someday.”, (aside from instantly becoming a promise, which we are now obligated to add) it would likely get picked up by blogs and gaming news sites, posted as “Respawn says X is coming to Apex”, and depending on how those articles are written, they’re going to set expectations incorrectly for a lot of people.”
“Eventually, people would talk about how Respawn “announced X ages ago”, saying that it’s taking too long, or speculating about why it has been delayed. A lot of this can be helped by careful wordsmithing, but even that can be taken out of context, or misquoted like a bad game of telephone, leading to the same issues.”