Respawn has just announced the delay of tap-strafing’s ban in Apex Legends due to “unexpected side effects“. The studio, however, is still committed to applying this change in a later patch.
It is still unknown what the unexpected side effects of removing tap-strafing are, but it seems as though the update will no longer be a part of patch 10.1 as it was originally announced.
Interestingly, in the delay announcement that was made on Twitter Respawn says that it is still committed to only address some of the most egregious use-cases of tap-strafing, which could hint at the movement not being unequivocally banned and instead only being limited.
The @playapex team has recently discovered some unexpected side effects of our planned changes to tap-strafing.
It is still our intention to address some of the most egregious use-cases of tap-strafing, but for now we are delaying our planned change to a later patch.
— Respawn (@Respawn) September 13, 2021
“Movement is sacred in Apex. We weigh every change to these systems carefully and value feedback,” Respawn has said, “After further testing, we’ve concluded we need to take more time to get this right to make sure related movement mechanics aren’t caught in the cross-fire.”
Tap-strafing was announced to be banned from Apex Legends back on August 31. Respawn has disclosed the reason behind this change is the movement’s inaccessibility, as well as lack of both readability and counterplay.
About Apex Legends
Apex Legends is one of the most well-known battle royale games. It features three-player squads and players use pre-made characters. Each character has its very own abilities known as Legends and each player in the squad has his own personality and abilities that should enhance the team’s playstyles.
The 56 GB game has so far won the Game Award for Best Multiplayer Game back in 2019 and has also won the British Academy Games Award for Multiplayer in 2020. Apex Legends also has a whopping 100 million players in total as of August 2021.
Apex Legends is now available for free on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
- This article was updated on September 13th, 2021