Respawn has given a brief update on the changes coming in Apex Legends next patch in a recent post on Reddit. Respawn community manager “Jayfresh_Respawn” updated players on the progress made since EA shared an Update to Apex Legends blog post last month.
“We are currently working on the next patch that will have improvements in the areas we’ll discuss below,” Jayfresh said.
The studio has been able to locally fix many cases of incorrect hit registration, and believes the issue mostly relates to “mismatches between the way the game client and server pose characters in their animations, but also caused by various other factors”.
While the developer believes the next patch will address most issues, they have acknowledged that there’s still work to do, and that the incoming fix “will help weed out many of the less severe issues people are noticing”.
The recent balance changes to Gibraltar and Caustic will be re-tweaked again and an audit of servers has resulted in some dedicated machines being removed following the identification of faulty hardware.
“We are continuing to profile our servers to catch hitches, persistent slow-mo, and other game quality issues. We have a few server optimizations rolling out but there are many more areas of work left and as we identify these, we will be rolling out optimizations and fixes and keeping players updated” Jayfresh added.
Finally, the post addressed “piggy-backing”, a way of playing that shows players not actually playing in the game to still cash in on the XP, despite not doing anything.
“We had been seeing some feedback from players around this and have been doing some internal investigations looking at game data to understand how many of the matches being played are affected by this behaviour. After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior” Jayfresh said.
Respawn recently banned 770K Apex Legends cheaters from the game, so they are showing their intent on cracking down.