When a game is as enormously popular as Apex Legends currently is, there’s bound to be a lot of cheaters in the ranks looking to get one over on legit players. Thankfully, developer Respawn Entertainment has come out strong against those who’d sully their victories, and plans to make things even harder on them soon.
In a post on the game’s subreddit, Respawn announced they have banned over 355,000 players on PC (where cheating is most prominent due to ease of access to cheats) using third-party service Easy Anti-Cheat. The company isn’t stopping there, however. “We are working on improvements to combat cheaters and we’re going to have to be pretty secretive about our plans,” the company said. “Cheaters are crafty and we don’t want them to see us coming.”
To that end, Respawn is working with experts within and outside of EA to improve their methods, will be expanding their anti-cheat team, and adding a report feature in-game that will notify Easy Anti-Cheat directly. Respawn is also looking into “cases of players spamming during character select and the drop and then disconnecting shortly after,” as well as working with AMD to improve game stability on PCs using their architecture.
One thing they won’t be doing, however, is implementing a reconnect-to-match feature for players who happen drop out of a match unexpectedly. The team is not actively pursuing the feature because they are wary of the potential abuse such a feature could cause, and because “We believe the resources needed to build, test, and release it are better spent focused on fixing stability issues so that the feature isn’t necessary.”
For more on Apex Legends, check out what could be the next character to be added to the game, a handy map for where to drop, and our review.