The community was in a bit of an uproar following the Apex Legends 1.1 update. Apparently, some players discovering that their accounts had been reset for no reason at all.
A couple of unfortunate players found out about the newly-added “leaving early” penalty, which appeared whenever a player left the game too early.
In Apex Legends, it’s not unusual for players to exit the game and look for another match if they die early on. However, some are starting to abuse the ability to leave early without any penalty. In fact, there have been quite a few games where I personally was attacked and berated by someone I queued up with just because they didn’t think that the character I chose was fit for the lineup that they planned in their heads.
The lack of consequences for leaving early is definitely a problem that Apex Legends should address. However, as it turns out, it’s not an issue Respawn plan on tackling just yet.
Here’s what Jayfresh, Respawn’s community manager, had to say about this on Reddit:
“So internally, we have been working on and testing this feature but it wasn’t our intention or plan to have it go live with the update that went out today. There was a piece of script that was missing and caused the leaving match early penalty to be turned on when it shouldn’t be. That’s why it wasn't in the patch notes. We updated the script, tested with QA and it’s now disabled for all platforms. We don’t have an EA for if or when this would come out for real. Apologies for the confusion.”
Respawn clarified a couple of concerns in the same post. They added that the penalty didn’t apply if players didn’t queue as three, or if they actually had already died and wasn’t just knocked off.
It remains unknown if these conditions will still apply once Respawn does indeed add the said penalty for Apex Legends down the line.
In addition to this, Respawn recently doubled down on their attempt to take cheaters off of the game. Their latest move was to issue hardware ID bans on players caught cheating.