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Apex Legends is Being Corrupted

Earlier last week, Respawn launched the Iron Crown event for Apex Legends. It was greatly anticipated. When it was released, fans took to twitter and reddit to express their outrage at the sheer number of loot-boxes that were included.

Some of the coolest items that Apex have launched were locked behind a hefty price tag. Most of the cosmetic items had to be paid for rather than earnt when playing. What stung the most was the Bloodhound’s Heirloom set, which contained an axe, kill quip and a banner pose, was only unlocked after purchasing £148 of boxes. This is a huge contrast to Apex’s previous event, Legendary Hunt, which allowed players the option of earning new cosmetics by playing OR buying them straight from the store.

This pay-to-win system is prevalent in most online games today. The difference, however, is that there is always a choice. The player should be able to choose whether or not they want to earn the new items or buy them. Apex stripped this choice completely.

To add insult to injury, owning a Battle Pass will get you nothing extra in this event. In Legendary Hunt, Pass holders got special event skins, this time owning a pass is pretty much useless when it comes to the Iron Crown.

Respawn have responded to the backlash with a blog post written by Drew McCoy. It states that:

“With the Iron Crown event we missed the mark when we broke our promise by making Apex Packs the only way to get what many consider to be the coolest skins we’ve released.”

Note that “the only way” has been italicised. Obviously, it would be a ridiculous idea to not charge £200 for cosmetics, right?

McCoy continues that starting on the 20th of August, all of the event exclusive items will be coming to the store which you can buy for 1,800 Apex Coins (each) which translates into roughly £15.99 for an individual legendary skin.

It appears that this is just a one of situation for Apex Legends, but it also shows us the changing climate of gaming as we know it. Gone are the days when you paid £40 up front for a game and that’s all you had to pay.

These titles are now riddled with pay-to-win gambling loot boxes that are dressed up to be appealing to fans. It’s important to keep the outrage going and not succumb to these huge companies draining more and more money from their players.

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