With the release of Season 11 of Apex Legends last month, the developers at Respawn Entertainment have introduced many new features to the battle royale. While the season has brought the powerful CAR SMG and new Legend Ash, the biggest addition is possibly the massive Storm Point map. Since its release, many players have enjoyed the tropical island setting. However, some fans have noted a major problem with the map so far.
Since Storm Point was added to the map rotation, players have been claiming that the map is too large. A common complaint among gamers was that extended periods of time would pass without encountering an enemy squad. As a result, this made games feel slow at times, along with making it difficult to earn valuable Kill Points (KP) during Ranked matches. This issue makes some sense considering that it was the largest map designed by the developers to date. However, it seems that a potential fix for this problem could be inbound following a new leak.
Recently, new details were discovered hinting at a potential increase in the size of lobbies for Apex Legends. This news came via a December 10 YouTube video from GarretLeaks, a reputable leaker and dataminer. In the video, he discussed the evidence behind this potential lobby size increase.
According to GarretLeaks, changes to game files had recently been made regarding private matches. These alterations involved increases in the size of these private match lobbies from 80 to 100 players, evidencing that Respawn had begun testing matches with increased player counts. While the progress of these tests remains unknown, they suggest that larger lobbies for regular games could become a feature in the future.
This would be an interesting change if the developers at Respawn decided to implement it. However, it’s worth noting that this has not been confirmed by Respawn, meaning that these larger lobbies might never see the light of day. Nevertheless, the idea seems plausible, given the complaints about lackluster matches on Storm Point. In addition, many other games in the battle royale genre include more players in each lobby than in Apex Legends. For example, Call of Duty: Warzone supports matches of up to 150 players. That’s more than double the size found in Respawn’s title.
Time will tell if this change eventually makes it into Apex Legends. If it does, perhaps the developers will include the increased player count as a new type of LTM to gauge the reception of this change from members of the community.
Apex Legends is available now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.