Respawn’s Apex Legends has been out for around 4 months now and it seems to be stepping away from the spotlight. It was anticipated to boost EA’s fortune and take over Fortnite, which, as time has come seems to be the opposite of what was predicted.
There are multiple reasons why the popularity of Apex Legends has stagnated in terms of the player base and twitch / YouTube viewership.
We experienced a ton of glitches in the first update, but now it seems that Respawn has stepped over the line. Respawn’s one of the previous update (1.1) reset player’s account as soon as they logged in.
Reddit user P3RrYCH responded by saying “Everything gone, Legends, Skin, Statistics and all Currency besides Apex coins I really hope they can fix this otherwise this will be really bad,” of their deleted account. The developers shut down the servers a few hours after the patch went live and thankfully reverted the lost progress.
Developers focus more on the nerfs than balancing updates and improving the game. We get it that nerfing is itself a part of improving the game experience, but out of all the patches Respawn has published, out of them only around 3 “actually” balanced patches.
Moving on to the strong competition,
As we talked about the updates and additional content, Respawn is nowhere near to Epic’s Fortnite. The recent 8.10 patch of Fortnite had three major balance changes, with reworked vending machines, new way to get loot along with a new vehicle and reworked healing animations.
Epic updates Fortnite every week.
The Fortnite collaboration with Avengers Endgame movie can also be considered as a major threat to Apex Legends, conveying a bold and stark message to Apex Legends.
The average of 50K concurrent views has been noticed on twitchmetric.net website, which used to be loosely 200,000 in the initial week of Apex’s release.
Respawn paid Dr.Disrespect and Ninja a huge amount of money to stream the game, during initial launch period. Apex seemed to be strong even when it was thriving on twitch after the publicity. However, many of the streamers are done with Apex Legends and are moving back to Epic Games’ Fortnite.
One of the popular streamer Dr.Disrespect, as mentioned above has recently described Apex Legends feeling like a “Demo”. He is one of the examples of streamers moving away from Apex Legends.
With all the decline of the game’s popularity, it seems that Respawn has been keeping out an eye and is observing. Developers do have some plans to bring back the game to top of the charts.
Not long ago, executive producer Drew McCoy revealed this will not be changing anytime “soon”.
“Our long-term goal is to ensure Apex Legends always feels alive and thriving, with a focus on quality of content over novelty or speed of release,” McCoy stated in an article. “At the same time, we want to maintain our culture as a development team and avoid crunch that can quickly lead to burnout or worse.
However, other news has surfaced that might turn the tables for Apex Legends.
In a QnA session, on the official Apex Legends subreddit, u/JayFresh_Respawn (Respawn Community Manager) gave the fans a number of updates on state of the game’s development.
The answer to a question by a Reddit user was short, but looks promising: