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Apex Legends piggy-backers will be getting bans in future

The community has spoken up, and Respawn will respond to those trying to intentionally get carried by their teammates.

Respawn Entertainment is constantly keeping Apex Legends updated and tweaking things based on community feedback, and in the latest Respawn Check In post on Reddit, they reveal what they're working on in the next patch, including the topic of hit registration.

The bugs regarding hit registration have been reproduced and locally fixed at Respawn, related to the ways the game client and server pose characters in animations, but there are other factors that will also be addressed in the patch. That said, Respawn clarifies there is still more work to be done in this area.

Gibraltar and Caustic have also had bugs identified after the balance changes, with a fix coming in the next patch, and the team are also working backwards to understand the root cause of the slot motion at the start of a match.

"We know that it affects some datacenters more than others, it happens on many different server configurations, and it doesn't seem to hit multiple server instances running on the same machine. In other words, it's not that a machine is overloaded and everything on it is running too slow - it's that one instance on the same machine seems to be doing more work than the others, and we're trying to nail down what work it's doing and work backwards to understand the root cause," the post reads.

On top of that we hear that faulty hardware has been removed from the server pool, servers are still being profiled to catch issues, overall audio performance is being improved, and footstep audio is being polished in the new patch. Regarding audio, Respawn also thanks fans for providing clips of known issues, and encourages players to keep submitting them.

Lastly we have the issue of 'piggy-backing', which Respawn describes as follows:

"Piggy-backing 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]"

As a result the studio has been looking at game data to find out how many matches are affected by this, and they've decided that there are going to be temporary bans for those exhibiting this behaviour, with extreme cases leading to a permanent ban. This won't be immediate, but it's a heads up for the community.

Lastly we hear about the Banner Card for PS+ members that causes the console to crash. This Banner Card has been temporarily disabled for now, and a full fix is coming in the next update.

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