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Apex Legends devs disable leaver penalty in Arenas due to “inappropriate punishments”

Players have been experiencing issues ever since Apex Legends added a leaver penalty in Arenas, causing the devs to disable it.

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Although the new leaver penalty was only just introduced in Arenas, the Apex Legends devs have decided to temporarily disable the system due to an issue.

As well as fixing the Wattson fence bug and some other smaller issues, Respawn Entertainment pushed an update on May 24 that introduced a leaver penalty for Arenas, a system that players had been desperately asking for.

Although this was met by positive reactions from fans, the penalty system had some issues that caused some players to receive punishments when they had done no wrong, causing the devs to temporarily disable it.

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Players have been enjoying the new season, getting to know the new Legend, Valkyrie, as well as the intense 3v3 mode, Arenas.

These new additions to Apex Legends haven’t come without their issues though, as not only have the devs confirmed some changes to Valkyrie’s VTOL Jetpack, they have now also had to disable the recently introduced leaver penalty in Arenas.

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The new leaver penalty was issued to punish those players who decided to leave games early and leave teammates in the dust. This ultimately left people extremely frustrated that players could just leave without any repercussions and in some cases even protect their win streak.

So, to counteract this issue, Respawn ordered a leaver penalty that would prevent players from playing any mode for a total of 10 minutes.

Players are warned before leaving so they know what they are getting into, and the penalty is only given to those who leave the match while the full squad remains.

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The idea is that players who have had a teammate abandon the match could also leave without a penalty so long as that player isn’t in their party.

This meant those players would not be punished for leaving and would also not receive a loss on their record.

However, it seems this system was not working as intended, as players who would leave after a teammate had already abandoned the match were also receiving leaver penalties.

In response to this issue, Respawn decided to “temporarily” disable the leaver penalty system with a fix to come “later this week.”

Respawn dev Ryan Rigney also touched on the subject, stating “This problem had to do with game logic after everyone on the opposing Arenas team left the match. Basically you’d sometimes still get a leaver penalty after leaving the empty game.”

For those wondering how this passed playtesting, well Ryan clears that up by saying this issue “never showed up in playtesting,” but should be a pretty quick fix.


That’s all on the latest Arenas news for Apex Legends, for more stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on players calling for changes to “broken” SBMM.

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Apex Legends players want the Battle Pass system from Halo: Infinite

The unique Battle Pass system of Halo: Infinite is proving popular with fans, and Apex Legends players want Respawn to take notes from it.

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The highly anticipated Halo: Infinite will come with a unique new Battle Pass system that’s proving popular with FPS fans, and Apex Legends players are asking Respawn for something similar.

There was a lot to unpack in Halo: Infinite’s multiplayer reveal which gave us a close look at a variety of different features. This included the brand-new Battle Pass system that comes with a unique feature.

Rather than giving you a limited amount of time to unlock various cosmetics, 343 Industries have made it so that a Battle Pass will never expire even when new ones come out, and you can pick which Pass to progress through.

Now, Apex Legends fans are asking for Respawn to try something similar.

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Reddit user Raxus001 took to the Apex Legends subreddit to ask Respawn Entertainment to take influence from Halo: Infinite’s new Battle Pass system.

Whenever a new season of Apex Legends arrives, you’re presented with a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through. However, this means that you can no longer complete the one from the previous season.

“It would be a brilliant idea to have a menu tab in the lobby that allows us to look back on all the battle passes in Apex and purchase any that we missed,” wrote the Redditor.

Adopting this Battle Pass system would grant you the chance to get any cosmetic rewards that you may have previously missed out on.

Many players pointed out that this would profitable for both the fans and developers since Respawn would still get the money used to purchase new and old Battle Passes.

So far, the developers haven’t addressed this suggestion, and we don’t know if they’ll adopt a similar Battle Pass system to Halo: Infinite after the Legacy Update ends. We’ll keep checking for any new developments regarding this.

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When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends

Apex Legends is cross platform for Xbox, PC and PlayStation. Find out if your progression will follow you around all the systems here.

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Apex Legends has cross-platform play available and is now on pretty much every platform, with a Mobile version soon to be released publicly. Now there is one thing on players’ minds – Apex Legends cross-progression.

Since the original launch of Apex Legends in February 2019, the game has made many strides towards catching up with competitors Fortnite and Call of Duty Warzone. First, it began with its cosmetic store & seasonal battle pass system, capitalizing on its free-to-play status with microtransactions for players.

Next up, it launched its cross-play system on October 6, 2020 – uniting players across consoles and PC. The crossplay system is different from competitors since PC players will only still be placed against other PC players. However, console players can still queue with PC friends, but they will, in turn, be exclusively placed against PC players.

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Forwarding to the present, players are merging across platforms. Many console players are making the jump to the PC platform due to the recent performance jump of the RTX 3000 graphics cards, and some Xbox players are jumping to PlayStation and vice versa.

When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends?

So for players jumping across platforms, will your progression follow you? The short answer is no. Currently, there is no way to have your Apex Legends rank and skins follow you to another platform. The only exception is changing between the Origin launcher to Steam on PC, where you will have your data transfer over.

There is good news for players who are still waiting for cross-progression to come to Apex Legends. It still appears to be on the developer’s to-do list, with Respawn’s Game Director Chad Grenier commenting on the subject in a Reddit post.

“It’s something we are very passionate about, and we’re looking at our options available. Much harder post-launch since users may have multiple accounts to merge or use. Easier with Steam because it’s at launch. We’ll give an update when we have something to talk about.”

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Based on Grenier’s comment, it appears that Cross Progression has a chance to come in the future, but it is currently a difficult task for the team due to users who have multiple accounts across platforms.

For those cases, it looks like Respawn might offer an account merge option of some type, which may be tricky for them to implement back end.

Since these comments, there has been a further update on the situation by Chad Grenier, who stated in another Reddit AMA that “it’s still a ways off.”

Hopefully, the devs can figure out how to implement cross-progression into Apex Legends. This would make life much easier for those who wish to change the platform without sacrificing their account data.

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Apex Legends leak claims Revenant will get Heirloom in Season 9

A new leak suggests that Revenant will be the next character to get their own Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 9, not Crypto.

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Apex Legends leak claims Revenant will get Heirloom in Season 9

While it was initially believed that Crypto would receive his very own custom Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 9, a new leak suggests that Revenant will be getting one instead.

Heirlooms are some of the rarest cosmetic items in Apex Legends to this day. These are basically unique melee weapons that are suited to specific Legends. Bangalore’s Cold Steel in the Chaos Theory event was the most recent one.

Heirloom for Crypto was also previously leaked, but that has yet to arrive in the game. Now, some new leaks have emerged which suggest that Respawn are planning to give one to Revenant in Season 9.

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According to notable Apex Legends data miner ‘GarretLeaks,’ a new LTM that’s arriving on June 29 may also bring Revenant’s Heirloom to the battle royale. The leaker states that there’s a “high chance” of this happening.

A previous leak revealed what Revenant’s Heirloom will look like. It appears to be a scythe that’s compartmentalized and attached by a wire. Once the Legend gives it a shake, it will form the sharp end of the two-handed weapon.

So far, nine of the Legends have their own Heirlooms in the game, and Revenant will be the tenth if these leaks are accurate.

This might be disappointing to Crypto fans that were excited to see his ‘Jikdo’ item arrive. That leak was apparently a “fake”, and Garret stated that there are currently only two Heirlooms in the Apex Legends game files.

Keep in mind that we don’t know for sure if this is the next Heirloom that will be joining the game since Respawn’s next lineup hasn’t been revealed yet. So, it’s worth taking this news with a grain of salt.

If you’re interested in more cosmetics for this Legend, then you can also pick up June’s Revenant Prime Gaming skin. For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie Intel, and check out the Legend pick rates in Season 9.

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