Loot boxes in Apex Legends are causing a full-on war

Aug 19 2019 2 min read

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Just recently, Apex Legends has been updated with a Solos mode along with a set of new cosmetics, the most valuable of which you can only get through very specific event-related loot boxes – the ones that are separate from regular Apex Packs. In order to get the items, you are literally forced to purchase overpriced crates since you can’t earn them by playing the game or buy specific items directly from the store. The community got infuriated, and as a result, Drew McCoy from Respawn had to share in a blog post a public apology along with some details on how the Iron Crown event would be altered according to the feedback.

Interestingly, McCoy’s intentions led to an even greater level of anger and frustration since he started calling all of the vocally disappointed players “ass-hats” and “toxic people” – as if putting a $170 worth Heirloom Axe in the game wasn’t a toxic move from the developers in the first place. It doesn’t literally cost this amount of money – but you have to buy all of the offered Iron Crown Apex Packs first in order to finally obtain the Axe. Once the event ends, the newest Heirloom melee item will be added to the regular pool with Wraith’s knife – although the initial way to sell it is dangerously close to a common robbery. And on top of that, the development team is calling its player base “ass-hats,” “toxic people,” “freeloaders,” and even worse thus directly insulting the fans. The exchange of “love and hate” between the devs and the community has been going over the weekend, and while the majority of the most disturbing comments has since been deleted, you can still find the traces of the initial Respawn’s attack through the respective links.

You have to admit that it’s not the way to communicate with the players – and all of the negative feedback towards Respawn is well-deserved. The industry is slowly getting rid of unfair loot box mechanics, but the developers of Apex Legends act as if they are living in a completely different world. Surely, the game is a free-to-play title and needs a monetization system, but first and foremost, it has to be transparent and acceptable. What we are seeing right now is far from that.

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