Apex Legends Season 7 was released last week, and fans have been enjoying the many new features and content that came along with it. For one thing, the popular battle royale title by Respawn Entertainment has received a brand-new map called Olympus, a new hero known as Horizon, as well as introduced the Trident Hovercar to the game.
Just like every new season, Apex Legends’ battle pass has also received a couple of changes, which has led to the dissatisfaction of many fans. More specifically, this controversy stems from the way the new battle pass now handles levels.
Players now have to do a variety of challenges within a week in order to accumulate stars. Once they gain 10 stars during that week, their battle pass will increase by 1 level. However, Apex Legends players have been experiencing a bug recently wherein only gathering 9 stars within the week will cause their battle pass to reset.
As a result, the 9 stars that they have painstakingly earned will be rendered unusable. As expected, frustrated players voiced out their anger directly to the game’s developer. Fortunately, Respawn Entertainment was quick to fix and address the issue.
We've just pushed out two updates:
– Fixed an issue causing some BP progress to be lost. To make up for that bug, we've turned on Double XP. It'll run until next week's patch.
– Changed Ring Damage: Ring 3 goes from 5% per tick to 10%. Ring 4 and Ring 5 go from 10% to 20%.
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) November 12, 2020
Apex Legends now has a new update that has remedied the problem. In addition to that, Respawn Entertainment will be offering fans double the experience when playing to make up for the bug. This will only run for a limited time though, so players should grind as much as they can now.
That being said, Apex Legends has been hit with more bugs than usual ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although fans are surely happy about this double XP reward, it’s understandable that having to deal with so many bugs can get rather frustrating.
As a matter of fact, even Season 6 had a ton of bugs and glitches, so much so that some players began to abuse these glitches to ensure victory. Consequently, Respawn Entertainment had to ban those accounts for the sake of fairness.
At the same time, we can’t blame the team behind Apex Legends because the pandemic has been hard on us all. These bugs and glitches probably went unnoticed due to the fact that Respawn Entertainment has been working from home to ensure safety.
Apex Legends’ team of developers still continues to work hard despite the ongoing pandemic, but Respawn Entertainment has also prioritized the health and safety of its employees, which is always a good thing.
As a matter of fact, the game’s director Chad Grenier has stated that the company refuses to impose crunch time on its staff just so they can release new updates and content. Mandatory crunch time is a video game industry practice that has controversy surrounding it, which is why Cyberpunk 2077 received a lot of criticism for perpetuating the unhealthy practice.
At this point, it definitely feels like Respawn Entertainment is an ethical company that listens to its supporters while prioritizing its staff at the same time. Without a doubt, Respawn Entertainment will definitely reap the benefits of these good practices in the future.