Valentine's Day Rendezvous event was supposed to launch in Apex Legends yesterday, but Respawn ended up delaying it due to technical issues. Theirs weren't the only servers acting up on the day, but what matters is that Duos are live.
You probably heard about Destiny 2's servers going haywire as well. Heck, Bungie rolled and rolled back so many updates we expected them to get at least a single Legendary. So our working theory is that some servers are Valentine's intolerant. Or people just really love playing games.
Despite being a day late, Respawn's clever scheduling means you'll have ample time to work on your Duos A-game before the actual Valentine's Day.
If you played Apex Legends' earlier iterations of Duos, then you know the deal. Come to think of it, it's not very different from Unranked matches either, except there's no third player that gets disconnected somewhere along the way.
Much like last time, Respawn lined up a few Valentine's Day gifts for this year as well, and those are:
- Log-in to collect your Valentines 2020 Badge
- Duos returns for a limited time
- “Double Up” XP Boost
- Squad up with a buddy and earn double XP (up to 20k per day)
- New and Returning Valentine’s items
- 2 new Pathfinder and Nessie gun charms
- Return of last year’s “Through the Heart” DMR and “Love of the Game” Banner at discount
Sarcastic remarks aside, we've no doubt that Respawn are doing their best to handle the traditionally troubling traffic spikes that come with Apex Legends events, just like they did after the game launched.
Apex Legends is no longer a risky Titanfall battle royale experiment though - it's the apex predator in the franchise. Moreover, EA named Apex Legends as their main shooter for this year, which coupled with the studio's esports aspirations makes us silently optimistic for backend changes soon.