A unique activity in Apex Legends was recently given a new term, “piggybacking”. This refers to when an AFK player contributes nothing to his team at all. Respawn Entertainment have taken note to this behavior and shared an Apex Legends update on its official website.
To summarize said statement, they’ve essentially proposed the implementation of bans on whoever piggybacks in Apex Legends.
After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior.
This was one confirmation among many other features that they listed in their upcoming roadmap. Now just to clarify, Piggybacking doesn’t just mean being AFK in a game of Apex Legends.
Respawn Entertainment explained that the term refers to those reaping the benefits of other players doing all the hard work. This act is displayed in the game by people refusing to loot or shoot enemies. Rather they just follow their allies and survive till they can reap the benefits.
While the players doing this are obvious to blame, it’s also hard not to see this coming. Respawn Entertainment only allows you to play Apex Legends in a squad of three.
According to a datamine a while ago, solos and duos were supposed to be added. They haven’t as of yet, and Respawn Entertainment seems to be focusing on other things as of late such as implementing the ban system on piggyback riders.
It’s also difficult to estimate just when we should expect these updates to roll out since Apex Legends updates will roll out seasonally. According to EA, Apex Legends development won’t be pushed to crunch in order to release regular updates. Apex Legends updates will release seasonally to ensure the mental and physical health of developers.
Another thing on Respawn Entertainment’s plate is the development of the Apex Legends mobile game that’s hopefully showcased soon.
Apex Legends is now available to download via PSN, Xbox Live, and EA Origin for PC.