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Apex Legends update to bring hitreg tweaks, slow-mo fix and more

Published: 10:24, 12 May 2019
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Respawn have posted a lengthy breakdown of Apex Legends' upcoming update, and it's set to bring improved hit registration, fix the slow motion that occurs at the start of some matches, and will be taking a closer look at piggy-backing.

Much has been said about Apex Legends' hit registration, not least helped by the varying silhouettes of the game's characters, and Respawn are certain the upcoming patch will fix many of these issues.

The dev wrote, "We have been able to reproduce and locally fix many cases of incorrect hit registration, mostly related to mismatches between the way the game client and server pose characters in their animations, but also caused by various other factors".

They also said that fixing Apex Legends' hitreg won't be a one-time fix thing, as the next patch will address the less severe issues.

Whatever's left will help the team understand much better what they're dealing with, and they reminded that once they've fixed this, Apex Legends will boast a more solid hit detection system than ever.

Even though it was meant to make things better for Apex Legends' big guys Gibraltar and Caustic, Fortified passive damage resistance ended up being bugged, and Respawn claim to already have a fix.

As for the slow motion starts of Apex Legends matches, which surely everyone's noticed by now, a more detailed inspection actually revealed that it was down to hardware faults in certain data centres.

"By adding additional tracking and telemetry to our dedicated servers we have identified a number of machines that were passing our health checks but actually had faulty hardware. We have removed these from our server pool, and match quality should be noticeably improved in all datacenters", Respawn wrote.

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Respawn will also be taking a look at piggy-backing in Apex Legends, which is "when a player drafts off other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster but doesn't actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a weapon, fire a shot, don't deal any damage, etc]".

In short, Respawn will be handing out temp bans for piggy-backing, which could in extreme cases lead to permanent bans.

You can find Respawn's full announcement on Reddit here .

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