Apex Legends has made some big changes, creating even bigger controversy.

Respawn and EA are catching flak from gamers this week following the launch of their new Apex Legends Iron Crown Event. This limited-timed season two event adds new cosmetic items and a new Solo mode. What should have been a slam dunk win for Respawn has instead resulted in backlash the company will need to address.

The most notable component of the Iron Crown Event is Solo mode, which allows you to ditch your comrades in pursue of singular glory. The other addition are 24 new Iron Crown cosmetic items (12 epic, 12 legendary), and you can earn up to two while playing during the event. The rest would need to be obtained through paid loot boxes.

The Apex Legends community has issues with both of these additions for various reasons. We’ve decided to recap some of the problems fans have had with the game recently, as well as add our own input on the situations. Suffice it to say, though, Apex Legends is not having a good week.

Solo isn’t a permanent fixture

Limited Time

One of the biggest complaints about Solo mode is the fact it’s only available for a limited time. The current window that you have to play Solo stretches from now until August 27th, at which point it may be shelved. Playing in a one-versus-all environment is something that fans have wanted since the game launched, so their disappointment is understandable.

Regarding the future of Solo mode, Respawn had the following to say:

It’s too early to say whether Solos will be permanent or not, but we’re going to watch and see what happens. As always, we want to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think.

Should they take it away following the event, it would be a shame. It seems obvious why Respawn has opted to make this a limited showing of what Solo would be like, as it allows the studio time to iron out the concept. There’s a surge of users flocking to the limited-time mode, so hopefully making it a permanent part of the game isn’t a big ask. Heck, other Battle Royales like Fortnite already offer a permanent Solo option, so why doesn’t Apex?

Despite us hoping that Solo sticks around for the long haul, it’s not quite a perfect experience yet. There’s one major issue overshadowing what’s otherwise high praise for the mode, which we’ll explore next.

People are teaming up in Solo

Teaming Up

As it turns out, some players have found a way to game the system and team up with others in Solo. Eurogamer first reported on the issue where players unfairly team up in the single-player battle royale mode. How it apparently works is simple: players are queue sniping by readying up at the same time hoping to get paired in the same match. According to Eurogamer’s testing, this can be done rather easily.

Even today, it appears Solo mode is still experiencing this issue and there’s no word of a fix in sight.

The Iron Crown Event only went live on August 13th, but the limited nature of the offering means that addressing this should be a priority. While the mode is still a welcomed addition overall, Respawn needs to figure out a solution fast. In the meantime, players impacted by this are right to complain.

It costs $170 USD to get all of the Iron Crown items

Microtransactions

Microtransactions are a necessary evil in a free-to-play game like Apex Legends, but sometimes they go too far. This has quickly become the case for AL’s Iron Crown event, which Forbes estimates to cost at least $170 USD to get all of the cosmetic items. These are timed exclusive items, too, so once they’re gone they could be gone forever. It’s a simple enough tactic by EA and Respawn to drive revenue, but that’s a lot of money to part with for a shiny new axe.

It is possible to grind for loot boxes in order to round out your collection of Iron Crown garb, but you can only earn a total of two for free. That means you’ll have to spend real money just for a chance to earn all 12 epic and 12 legendary items. With a total of 24 loot boxes containing all of these items to get, Apex Legends is understandably catching negative feedback from its players for this decision.

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Riley's Take

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That Apex Legends fans want Solo to stick around is a good problem for the game developers to have. After refining the mode to address complaints of players teaming up, I hope Respawn brings it back permanently. I consider Solo to be a taste of what’s to come longterm, so I think we should all enjoy the mode now and look forward to its comeback down the line.

As for the loot boxes, the reality is that they’re unavoidable in a free-to-play game like Apex Legends. This method of cosmetic delivery isn’t unique to Apex Legends either, as event-exclusive, paid-for loot boxes are a common occurrence in other service games like Rainbow Six Siege. That’s not to say that these microtransactions are welcomed, but they are a necessary evil in order for the game to stay afloat. Still, $170 Yankee dollar bills is a tough pill to swallow, no matter how you look at it. Imagine how much that would be in Canadian dollars.

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Riley has written about video games across several publications for almost a decade now. In his eyes, there’s really no better field to work and grow in. During his time as a reporter, he's interviewed gaming legends like Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Mortal Kombat's co-creator Ed Boon–just to name a few. When he's not writing about games, he's often playing them. Super Smash Bros., Halo, Gears of War, and Rainbow Six are some of his all-time favourites. Outside of games, he’s also a fan of hockey, wrestling, and many other Canadian things. You can find Riley over on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.