Apex Legends Improves Iron Sights And Nerfs Paid Skins To Avoid Pay-To-Win Scenario
Respawn Entertainment has maintained a 'cosmetics only' approach to its microtransactions since the day it launched. If you want to get better, you have to git gud – but if you want to look cool while doing so, you'll have to either grind or just pay for it. You can have a My Little Pony weapon skin, for all anybody cares – but it's a problem if that unicorn horn assists you in aiming. Unfortunately, something similar did happen.
The devs released a new skin for one of Apex Legends' weapons, which gave it an unintentional advantage over the others. However, after receiving complaints from the player base, Respawn has announced that it will be making changes to level the playing field.
"Competitive integrity is and will always be a core pillar for Apex Legends," said a post on EA's website. As part of that, our default iron sights are designed to push players to loot for better optics. We also believe that skins shouldn't be a factor in the sights functionality as well. During Season 4, we released the Heat Sink reactive skin for the VK-47 Flatline rifle and we heard feedback from some players that the Aim Down Sights (ADS) felt superior to any other skin available.
"To make things as fair as possible, we wanted to address feedback for the Heat Sink skin and also update other skins we thought could be improved."
To demonstrate, Respawn showed some before-and-after images of what kind of changes it will be making to the Heat Sink skin. The Flatline's Revelations skin also underwent some changes. "We felt the side fins were creating larger blindspots than intended so we’ve reduced them to improve visibility when ADS [aim down sights]."
Overall, the devs are trying to make sure that no weapon's iron sights, regardless of the cosmetics, are made in a way that gives undue advantage over that of others. The only way Respawn wants you to get an advantage is by getting good at the game. "We believe that any competitive edge in Apex Legends should be gained by honing your skills and not due to any perceived advantages from buying gun skins."
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