Apex Legends is Fortnite's first real competition in the gaming space. Here are some things Apex needs to do to truly stay on top of Fortnite.
Yesterday, I covered the 5 things that Fortnite needs to do to stay on top of Apex Legends in the long run for our sister site, FortniteTracker. I thought it would be interesting to do the same for Apex Legends, so here we are.
Before I dive into this list, I have to add the disclaimer: THESE GAMES ARE DIFFERENT ENOUGH TO BOTH SUCCEED.
There is a lot of "Apex is better" or "Fortnite is better" out there, which doesn't need to happen. Other than the BR format, these games could not be more different. I love them both, and a lot of other people do as well.
With that out of the way, let's get into it.
1. Get Rid of Loot Boxes and Lower Cosmetic Prices
Loot boxes are one of the worst trends in gaming microtransactions. Sure, Apex Legends is a free game. Sure, the loot boxes tell you the chances of receiving items before you buy them.
It doesn't matter. Loot boxes are a (hopefully) dying means of getting money out of your player base. Buying loot boxes with real-life money is gambling - there's no two ways about it.
I've played countless games with loot box systems and I've never spent a dollar on them. It doesn't seem worth it to me. With Fortnite, I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I've spent over $300 at least on cosmetic items.
For me, it's because I know what I'm getting. Apex Legends has a store as well, but the skins and outfits in that game aren't nearly as attractive as they are in Fortnite. For that reason, Respawn should probably lower their prices in the shop as well.
Many consider the loot boxes in Apex Legends as EA's only mark on the game, and that's largely true. Unfortunately, the crafting and rewards systems in Apex Legends make it difficult to remove loot boxes as they currently stand.
2. Add Duos (and Possibly Solos)
People have been asking for solos, duos, and four-man squads since Apex first came out. Having four people on a team might be too much, but one or two-man games probably have a future in the game.
Apex makes it extremely easy to play with random people. The ping system is the best I've seen in any multiplayer game, making it easy to communicate with teammates without needing to talk.
Still, duos and solos will be a great addition to an already thriving game. There are undoubtedly still some people who would rather play duos in Fortnite because they don't have a reliable third.
Thankfully, it looks like these modes will be making their way into the game in the near future. Some recent leaks confirmed as much, so it's only a matter of time.
3. Tell a Story
Fortnite has done something brilliant with their in-game storytelling. From the comet to the rift, to Kevin, to the Ice King and the Prisoner - Fortnite has given us a storyline with every new season.
I highly recommend the video I linked above to those who haven't seen it. It theorizes that we've missed a massive percentage of the true story Fortnite is telling - not just in-game but in the real world.
Whether or not this theory is true, it proves the point that Fortnite is telling a compelling story in a battle royale game. If Apex Legends wants to keep players engaged over time, it wouldn't hurt to add a loose narrative to their game.
4. Continue to Evolve
Apex Legends is new and the player base has yet to be tested. There will always be die-hard fans of any game, even if it refuses to evolve and eventually becomes stale. Blackout in Call of Duty is a perfect example of this.
Fortnite has evolved more than nearly any other game - save for the drastic rehauls of games like Rainbow 6. They make the game feel fresh with new items, map changes, and meta shifts.
Not everything Epic tries in Fortnite works, but they always have some new trick up their sleeve. Boom boxes were a dud, but the new hoverboard they added is electric.
Apex Legends recently added their first new weapon to the game, which is a good sign. Respawn doesn't seem like they're resting on their success. There are a ton of growth potential with new heroes, new modes, and new guns. Let's just hope Apex fully reaches its potential.
5. Listen to the Community
Again, this is an area where Apex Legends hasn't really been tested. Fortnite has always listened to the community, and this was never more evident than when Apex Legends first came out.
Less than a week after Apex Legends started picking up steam, Epic released a Fortnite patch that immensely improved their game. They listened to the community and made some massively positive changes.
The Apex community is relatively satisfied at the moment, but the game will likely continue to evolve. This will undoubtedly lead to complaints - right and wrong - from the community. It's Respawn's job to assess these complaints and make changes where they're appropriate.
Again, both Fortnite and Apex Legends have promesing futures ahead of them. Fortnite is battle-tested, though, and Apex is not. Here's to hoping they are able to sustain this massive success in the future.
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