Plus: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gamplay Confirmed for EA Play and EA Game Servers Having Issues…
Apex Legends’ anti cheat system has reportedly banned 770K players and halved spamming. Plus, Fallen Order gameplay to be at EA Play and EA’s game servers are down.
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- Apex Legends Anti Cheat Measures Ban 770,000 Players
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Game Play to be at EA Play
- EA Game Servers Go Down Causing Chaos
Apex Legends Anti Cheat Measures Ban 770K Players
Apex Legends’ newly implemented anti cheat system has reportedly banned up to 770,000 players.
The anti cheat measures were introduced into the game around six weeks ago as a measure to catch malicious players.
Published by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends was quietly launched on 4th February earlier this year, with no massive hype or commercials before hand; a first for a game like this.
It was assumed that Respawn Entertainment, the game’s developer was hard at work on a second sequel in their current flagship series Titanfall.
This was possibly due to Apex Legends being officially set in the Titanfall universe, although not related to the series’ main feature which is piloting giant mechs.
Since it’s launch, Apex Legends has had amazing success and both critical and player acclaim as a direct rival to Epic Games’ powerhouse title Fortnite.
Apex Legends has been commended for it’s more realistic approach to team based combat and imlementing some features that Fortnite lacks such as beacons and tagging.
The game’s success is evident in that it’s player base expanded rapidly and continues to grow.
Apex Legends reached the same number of players in one month than Fortnite did in one year, although it could be argued that the game wouldn’t have been accepted were it not for Fortnite, which has made the Battle Royale genre massively popular.
The game also includes a cleverly implemented system of loot, whereby players are rewarded for their efforts with in game items, however supporting itself with the use of an in game currency, Apex Coins.
These coins can be used to purchase items in game as well as Season Passes, just like Fortnite.
Respawn Entertainment have often commented on their dedication to implementing very strict anti cheat measures in order to make the game fair for all.
In a recent statement, the game’s Executive Producer, Drew McCoy said:
“…we’re attacking this from every angle: from improvements in detecting cheaters, to bolstering resources and tools, to improving processes and other sneaky things to combat sellers and cheaters.”
Other statistics shared by the company include the blocking of over 300,000 account creations, 4,000 cheat seller account bans and halving the number of matches being affected by cheaters and spammers in the last month alone.
While most online games go out of their way to implement anti cheat measures, Apex Legends seems to be taking it extremely seriously, and other developers such as Rockstar Games would be wise to take note in order to quell the toxic tide of cheating in GTA Online and RDR Online.
The success of Apex Legends is in very stark contrast to another Electronic Arts published massive online game Anthem, which launched a couple of weeks later and has been a colossal disaster for Electronic Arts.
Anthem has been cripplingly plagued by critical bugs and the loot system is wildly unpredictable and unbalanced, causing increased match making issues for the game.
Some player have also declared the game “dead”, however the game’s developer, BioWare have commented on continued support for the game.
The full and official Anti Cheat Blog for Apex Legends can be found here:
Hats off to Respawn Entertainment for following through on their promises of strong anti cheating measures. They may be setting a new precedent for the online games industry as a whole.
Apex Legends is available for free now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Game Play to be at EA Play
It has been confirmed that gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be demonstrated at this year’s EA Play.
Since dropping an amazing trailer for the game last month, the game’s publisher and developer (Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment) have left fans with a lot of questions and only speculation as to what the gameplay will be like.
The trailer (which you can view below), was a series of cut scene renders only teasing the story and not show any actual game play.
This left some fans with a bitter taste in their mouth and sent the internet in to a small frenzy as there was no information on gameplay at all from the developers.
Now, it has been confirmed that we will get to see some gameplay footage at Electronic Arts’ own video game conference, EA Play in June this year.
EA, as well as several other large game companies have decided to mostly forego E3 this year in favor of their own spectacles as as confirmed by this recent Electronic Arts statement:
“We’re skipping the press conference this year and are replacing it with multiple live streams that will air during the first two days of the event…“.
Hosting a custom event allows a publisher or developer to more closely control what is shown and ultimately cuts out any competition that a large expo like E3 might provide.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is scheduled for release in November on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
EA Game Servers Go Down Causing Chaos
Electronic Arts’ Game Servers went down this weekend causing chaos and misery to millions of gamers.
Massive games such as Apex Legends, FIFA and Battlefield were affected, as their online modes were completely unavailable.
The problems started on Saturday afternoon, as EA stated they were addressing connectivity issues and it was identified that there was an issue with FIFA.
Most players assumed the problems would be over in a few hours but the problems seemed to get worse and dragged on.
Yesterday afternoon, EA’s Twitter account reported that their technicians were working hard to resolve the issues which would have to include restarting some systems.
While the issue has now been resolved for the most part, not all functionality has been restored.
FIFA 19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin is still down, while the Xbox 360 version is back up.
Reports are still coming in via DownDetector.com that there are still multiple titles having connection issues including Battlefield and The Sims 4.
These problems come almost exactly one month after Steam had similar issues.
As more and more games become dependent on online content, gamers are seemingly at the mercy of the integrity of a developer’s network as to when they can play.
As if waiting for the torrent of game updates all the time wasn’t enough, we now have to contend with an increasing number for large scale server outages.
I just hope that they are related to server and network maintenance rather than something more malicious.
Hopefully the issues will be resolved soon.
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