The recent Iron Crown event in Apex Legends has got a lot of backlash from the fans. Respawn has now responded and mentioned that this has been a major learning experience for the developer. Chances will obviously be made moving forward.
Respawn is changing how legendary skins can be earned so that doing so is easier for the players of the game. If you have not been following the incident then let me tell you that the event started a few days back and the legendary skins were locked behind a paywall. Players could only get then through loot boxes that cost around $7 each.
As these are loot boxes there is no certainty that people would actually get what they wanted. Another perfect example of EA and gambling mechanics spoiling a perfectly successful game. Here is what Respawn had to say regarding the matter:
A core decision during development of Apex Legends was that we wanted to make a world-class battle royale game – in quality, depth, progression, and important for today’s conversation – how we sell stuff. 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.
EA has a successful battle royale game at its hands and like the company always does, it is trying to shove microtransactions down the throats of the players that are interested in getting skins and exclusive event items. That did not fly with players in the past and it is not going to work in the future either. I think that EA should have learned a lesson by now.
The microtransactions model only works in FIFA and Madden. That is where it should end. I hope that the same does not happen in the upcoming Need For Speed Heat. Respawn went on to mention the following:
We need to be better at letting our players know what to expect from the various event structures in Apex Legends. Over the last six months, we’ve been learning a lot about operating a live service free-to-play game, and one of the take-aways from this week is that our messaging for expectations needs to be clearer.
Let us know what you think about the Apex Legends Iron Crown event and whether or not you were affected by the paywall.