Rewind time a few months and Apex Legends was all anyone could talk about in the world of video games. Respawn’s first take on the Battle Royale genre was a smash hit by any measure. However, since launch the game has hit some stumbling blocks leading to a loss of players and some upset players within the community. EA and Respawn seem to understand though and have issued a statement recommitting to players and promising better communication going forward.
At EA PLAY in June, we will give you the first details on what you can expect from Season 2.
“To say that the launch of Apex Legends exceeded our expectations would be an understatement,” reads the statement from Apex Legends Executive Producer Drew McCoy. “50 million players in the first month (and more since) is staggering for any game, let alone a new IP from a relatively small team who were taking their first swing at a free-to-play game.”
“Rapid growth is a wonderful thing to achieve, and we’re thrilled with the response we’ve received since launch,” McCoy goes on to say. “However, that growth comes with some clear challenges, and we’ve hit a few bumps along the way, including missteps with our updates, not giving players enough visibility into future content, and not properly setting expectations on how we plan to support Apex Legends.”
The team says that they are “100% committed to the long-term growth of Apex Legends, and supporting the millions playing every day.” To reach this goal they promise to communicate more and handle players in a different way. “So today we want to reset our commitment to you and give you some insight into where we are as a development team and how we’re approaching live service for Apex Legends.”
In terms of specifics the post goes on to lay out a few things the Apex Legends team is working on. These include poor performance at the beginning of matches, audio issues within the game, and dealing with the influx of cheaters. Beyond these immediate concerns, Apex Legends will be changing in the future in larger ways such as more seasons and Battle Passes, better and more frequent updates, and an overall focus on being more communicative with the playerbase.
This will include more info shared at EA Play in June. This is where we’ll get our first glimpse at Season 2 for Apex Legends, which should have players pretty excited. What may have them a bit more upset is that Apex Legends is causing delays for future Titanfall games. The statement explains: “in order to fully support Apex Legends, we are pushing out plans for future Titanfall games.”