“We know we can’t keep releasing weapons without considering the health of the loot pool.”
Apex Legends developer Respawn has acknowledged it “has stuff in mind” for addressing the weapon loot pool.
In response to a tweet which demanded that the studio “remove weapons for God’s sake, nobody cares about P20, Bocek, or 3030 and actually help with the loot pool distribution”, associate live balance designer John Larson said: “You take that back. I care about the Bocek.”
“We got stuff in mind,” Larson added. “We know we can’t keep releasing weapons without considering the health of the loot pool.”
Though Larson didn’t expand on what, exactly, that “stuff” might entail, they did, however, acknowledge that they remained against the idea of having everyone land with a less powerful weapon such as a P2020 in order to ensure all players get a chance to “react”.
You take that back. I care about the Bocek.
We got stuff in mind. We know we can?t keep releasing weapons without considering the health of the loot pool
— John Larson | JayBiebs (@RSPN_JayBiebs) November 13, 2021
“This was a hot topic when we were implementing starter kits,” Larson explained. “I was against it because of how quickly a coordinated team could wipe a solo on a contested drop. It’s already a common strat in high-level ranked. The initial gun scramble buys some time for everyone to react.”
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