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If You Leave An ‘Apex Legends’ Match Early You Will Be Punished

If You Leave An ‘Apex Legends’ Match Early You Will Be Punished

A future patch for Apex Legends is going to bring an update that will see players penalised for leaving games early. Last week's 1.1 patch actually implemented and unfinished version of the system, but that was patched out as it wasn't ready to be released yet.

Currently, there is nothing stopping players from dropping out of a game of Apex Legends. You may have found in a game that someone is annoyed they can't play as the character they want to and so they just quit, leaving you down a player and at a severe disadvantage.

Developer Respawn Entertainment wants to discourage that behaviour but it's not ready to release the feature that will punish players for leaving early. In other games the punishment is usually something like a timeout on joining new games. So, if you're caught dropping out of a string of games, you might have to wait 30 minutes before you're allowed to join any new games.

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However, Respawn isn't ready to release the system, and it was released by accident last week. "Internally, we have been working on and testing this feature but it wasn't our intention or plan to have it go live with the update that went out today," community manager Jay Frechette wrote on Reddit. "There was a piece of script that was missing and caused the leaving match early penalty to be turned on when it shouldn't be. That's why it wasn't in the patch notes.

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"We updated the script, tested with QA and it's now disabled for all platforms. We don't have an ETA for if or when this would come out for real. Apologies for the confusion."

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]