The newly-release Apex Legends battle royale has loads of new stuff headed its way. After deploying the game’s first balance update, developer Respawn has revealed that they will not add a reconnect feature. Although this is probably not the news players wanted to hear, the game is making great progress on other fronts. Most notably, 355,000 Apex Legends players have been banned for cheating. Furthermore, Respawn confirmed that a report feature will soon be added to the game.
We’ve all been robbed out of a victory by those dreaded crashes. While many other battle royale games allow players to reconnect, Apex Legends doesn’t have a similar feature. Responding to several player suggestions, Respawn announced today that they have no plans to add a reconnect button.
Explaining their reasoning behind the decision, Respawn states:
“It opens a lot of risk for players to abuse it. We believe the resources needed to build, test, and release it are better spent focused on fixing stability issues so that the feature isn’t necessary.”
Instead of implementing a reconnect functionality, the developer has instead been working to remove the need for it. The next client patch for Apex Legends will address the random crashes. All players using NVIDIA cards, specifically RTX users, should see a reduction in crashes. This was achieved after Respawn worked directly with NVIDIA to figure out the root cause of the crashes. For next week, the developer aims to do the same with AMD.
It was only a matter of time before cheaters made their way over to Apex Legends. However, Respawn has remained vigilant, and has already banned over 355,000 cheaters. Furthermore, the developer says it is working on improvements to their anti-cheat measures.
“We take cheating very seriously and care deeply about the health of Apex Legends for all players,” notes Respawn. “Cheaters are crafty and we don’t want them to see us coming.”
Keep in mind that these changes take time to implement. Apex Legends’ first season is also due to start this month, so expect to wait a while before all of these changes are introduced.