Apex Legends is off to a running start, but one often-requested feature isn’t in the works. Respawn has confirmed that it isn’t developing any ability to reconnect to a match after you’ve been disconnected.
In a post on Reddit, community manager Jay Frechette explained why. He said the team isn’t pursuing it for two key reasons. The first is that a reconnect feature is very easy for unscrupulous players to abuse, presumably by intentionally disconnecting to avoid a death and then reconnecting to the match right afterwards. The second reason is simply that implementing the feature would be resource-intensive, and Respawn feels that energy is better spent on stability improvements to avoid disconnects in the first place.
This came alongside an announcement that Respawn had banned 355,000 cheaters on PC. It said that for the time being it uses the pre-made Easy-Anti-Cheat toolset, but it’s working on its own custom solutions to address cheating as well. It’s keeping these cards close to its vest, however, as it doesn’t want the cheaters to use any public information to help them circumvent the new measures.
[Update: In an accidental update to the Origin store, an advertisement briefly appeared for the battle pass including the new character Octane. In a follow-up statement, community manager Jay Frechette acknowledged that there was an “unintentional update about Season 1 on Origin today.”]
Meanwhile, the studio has released a new weapon balance patch to make adjustments to Peacekeeper and Wingman, primarily. Another upcoming update will address concerns of unequal hitboxes. We’re also expecting details on the battle pass sometime in the near future, which will add new cosmetic options and other additions to earn through play, for a fee. The first battle pass is set to launch sometime in March.