Two weeks ago, there were merely whispers surrounding the possible existence of a new title from Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment. Now, after a reveal event that also acted as a shadow drop, Apex Legends has had an undeniably impressive launch, after reaching over two million players in its first 24 hours and 25 million players in its first week, including a peak of two million concurrent players. Apex Legends continues to set livestreaming records as well, as it continues to maintain a prominent spot as one of Twitch’s most-viewed titles, oftentimes eclipsing the likes of Fortnite and Overwatch. While this debut has been remarkable, the battle royale title still has plenty to prove if it wants to have staying power for the months and potentially years to come. There’s a number of ideas out there for how to improve and refine Apex Legends, and here are three key ones that could help secure Apex Legends’ future as a fresh and replayable shooter.
Add Duos and Solos
This suggestion is straightforward and obvious when comparing the ways Apex Legends differs from its competitors, but that doesn’t make it any less worthwhile to repeat. With the unpredictable nature of the time players can truly designate to gaming, gathering a specific number of friends that all want and are able to play the same game at the same time can be a truly maddening task. Without two known allies at your side, relying on random players for support in this co-operative centric title can be equally frustrating, even with the unexpectedly beneficial pinging system. By adding the option for singleplayer or two-player action, players won’t have to worry as frequently about having to find as many, or any, reliable teammates when they choose to spend their free time with Apex Legends.
Keep the Map Fresh
The map of Apex Legends is arguably well-designed, separated into smaller sections with their own opportunities for loot discovery and strategic placement. In Respawn’s plans for the upcoming content of Apex Legends, there’s the promise of new legends, weapons and loot in the months to come. Although Respawn could alter their plans as they see fit, however, there’s no indication of any intentions to change the map in any substantial way, leaving players with the same environments for the remainder of 2019. While Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds relies on fully new environments to keep things fresh, both Call of Duty’s Blackout and Fortnite have found a simpler but equally effective manner of spicing up the same map: adding small but substantial new additions to the playing field, sometimes even going as far as fully replacing a stale or unbalanced section of the map. This strategy is a truly convincing motivation for past players to return, as new tactics begin to unfold and characters that were once thought as stale gain a new life, allowing Apex Legends to continue remaining relevant for an additional stretch of time.
This argument could be made for any title after its launch, but this remains especially true for a “living” free-to-play title that’s success solely relies on the consistency of its fanbase. Respawn Entertainment has always been one to keep an eye on consumer feedback, particularly when evolving from Titanfall to its sequel, which added a much-requested single-player campaign and refined the balancing of Titans on the battlefield. While the largely positive sentiment from fans so far is easy to rely upon, it’s far from a guarantee as players continue to return and dive into the finer details. As these criticisms begin to roll in, both minor and major, Respawn should ensure that they keep a close eye on the various channels that these comments will arise from, especially as new elements are introduced, helping to secure the popularity of Apex Legends in this release-filled industry.