The Apex Legends team has been waging a war against cheaters, which is something that comes as no surprise, as all of the popular battle royale games house their fair share of cheating.
Respawn has been paying particular attention to the infiltration by players looking to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors via outside means and close to 800,000 players have already been banned since the game launched in early February.
The devs claim to be gaining ground in their war but can't reveal all of the details in order to keep cheaters on their toes.
"We’ve been working closely with key experts across EA, including EA Security and Fraud, the Origin teams, and our fellow developers at DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games, in addition to Easy-Anti-Cheat," project lead Drew McCoy reported in an Anti-Cheat Developer Update on Thursday.
"While we’ve already rolled out several updates (and will be continually doing so for the foreseeable future), others will take time to fully implement. We can’t share details on what we’re doing so as to not give a head’s up to the cheat makers, but what we can say is that 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."
McCoy also revealed that new cheats are now being discovered automatically, while 770,000 gamers have been banned so far for unfair play. Over 33,000 account creations have been blocked, 4,000 cheat seller accounts have been banned in the last three weeks, and the total matches affected on PC by cheaters or spammers have been reduced by 50 percent over the last month.
"We take cheating in Apex Legends incredibly seriously and have a large amount of resources tackling it from a variety of angles," he added. "It is a constant war with the cheat makers that we will continue to fight."
Apex Legends has dropped in popularity where Twitch viewership is concerned, while some players have been complaining about the monotony and lack of fresh content. The devs, though, say they're sticking to their initial plan to release updates seasonally, as the welfare of the team is also very important.