Apex Legends has barnstormed the gaming world and with such momentum it looks like it will continue to make waves in the gaming industry. HEXUS reported upon the out-of-the-blue launch, and its subsequent rocketing past a million players (8 hours), to 10 million (72 hours), and then 25 million in week one. Even Nvidia's Jensen Huang has commented that the game's impact has been "pretty spectacular".
With Respawn / EA's latest game attraction such footfall it is only natural that the scourge of the gaming community, cheaters, have followed rather rapidly. In a recent update from Respawn, on Reddit, the Apex Legends team reported that they have already identified and banned more than 16,000 cheaters.
As Respawn asserts, "cheaters suck". The devs ask that if you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let them know here. Even without an ykind of proof you are welcome to get the cheater's ID and flag it so investigations can be undertaken in order to improve the game. It might sounds like a bit of a faff to capture screens, leave the game and upload them with descriptions to a third party site so Respawn has hinted strongly that it will implement something more convenient and immediate in-game.
Even at this early stage there is a strong community of modders and similar growing around Apex Legends, reports VG247. Interestingly dataminers have had some nosey success with the game files and "found various references to new game modes, new characters (Legends), and even some fresh cosmetic content," reports the source.
On the topic of game modes, @RealApexLeaks found references to a mode dubbed 'Survival' which will feature spectator and commentator NPCs. These spectators can cheer players on and have emotes too. Other new possible modes have been unearthed by @ApexUpdate, going by the name of Solo and Duos modes.
Those wishing to have a wider range of heroes to choose from might be pleased with RealApexLeaks for finding at least two more playable characters; Octane with his Stim injection skill, and Wattson with his Tesla trap. Some unreleased weapons have been spotted too.
Apparently the first 'big content drop' for Apex Legends is due next month as the Battle Pass launches. Already there are founders and starter packs with coins, skins, banners and badges, as well as Apex Coins packs of various amounts. This is the way that EA will monetise the game, however only cosmetic things are purchasable with in-game currency at the current time and hopefully it will stay that way.