Apex Legends’ Season 10 is less than a day away and there’s a lot of new content to get excited about. With the introduction of the legend Seer, various changes to the World’s Edge map, Ranked Arenas, and the Rampage light machinegun, there’s something for everyone. However, a dark cloud has been looming over this season due to the rampant cheating and hacking issue many players have been facing. Recently, Fanbyte got a chance to sit down with Respawn Entertainment and talk about the new season. During our discussion, we brought up the concerns many players had going into Season 10 about dealing with cheaters.
“We’ve definitely put in some things recently that we think will help the situation. We’ve seen some of that come down recently,” Apex Legends team director Steven Ferreira told us. He explained that while they cannot get into the details of what’s being implemented or future plans, Ferreira assured me that “we have a team dedicated to working on that.” Ferreira then stated that while ensuring a smooth season launch is important, “that kind of a problem is important all the time.”
Banned 2,086 players early this morning for abuse of an RP loss forgiveness exploit (dashboarding) and abuse of a matchmaking exploit allowing high-rank players into Bronze lobby to farm. Breakdown is as follows:
— Conor Ford / Hideouts (@RSPN_Hideouts) July 30, 2021
For those who are out of the loop, Apex Legends has been suffering from a major cheating and hacking problem for months now. Largely concentrated in the game’s Ranked mode, cheaters have been running rampant in high-level lobbies with everything from aimbots to wallhacks to being a goddamn Death Star laser. Some hackers have even reached a celebrity status thanks to their ability to consistently appear in matches, despite being frequently banned.
Perhaps the biggest hack wasn’t even from those trying to climb the Ranked ladder, but a small group seeking attention for the original Titanfall’s cheating problem. On July 4th, players who booted up the game were greeted with a message stating “TF1 is being attacked so is Apex.” Users were then unable to select any game mode or even play Apex Legends until Respawn managed to fix the hack several hours later.
Empty Promises and False Hope. #SaveApexRanked before it's too late.
— sweet (@sweetdreamsh1) June 28, 2021
The Apex Legends community hasn’t been quiet about their issues with the game’s cheater problems. On June 28th, professional Apex Legends player, Sweet, started the #SaveApexRanked movement on social media. Since then, major content creators and players have been boycotting ranked until Respawn implements more changes to deal with all the hackers. Hopefully, we will see even more aggressive action towards hackers and some security features like two-factor authentication implemented. With Apex Legends only rising in popularity, it will be imperative that the cheating problem is reduced — especially for Ranked.
Apex Legends Season 10 is set to release tomorrow for all available platforms.