The developers of Apex Legends tried to apologize to Reddit and explain abuse involving cosmetic items in the current Iron Crown event in the game. It didn't go well. In general.
The topic became an apparent series of insults and complaints – from the developers of Respawn Entertainment – which increased players' ill-will towards the studio and the game. The result is outraged Apex Legends subreddit this morning, capturing screenshots of the most inflammatory comments and boiling out of resentment at those who wrote them.
To summarize what started it, the Iron Crown event introduced new skins when it launched earlier this week, but players could only gain it by grinding against a difficult and expensive loot mechanism. Fans immediately pushed back, feeling that Respawn had gone too far in monetization from the free-to-play game this time.
As of Friday, Respawn announced changes to Iron Crown cosmetics, making them available for direct purchase with the game in world currency (which can also be bought for real money). In an official blog post announcing the changes, he apologized, saying that the studio "should [be] better [s] to let our players know what to expect" and that the situation "was tremendous training for us. " A Subxdit Apex Legends post on Friday night tried to say the same.
It got ugly and even uglier when fed up Respawn developers threw themselves at angry players. Many of the developers' comments, especially those from one of the dk05 handles, have been deleted. This seems to be what makes everyone most angry:
Another one where players call themselves "Freeloaders".
The Community Manager even went into it:
This morning, Flame War publications dominate the front page of subreddit, led by an open letter to Respawn from the community. In it, Redditor cooloats says that the studio "committed the greatest cardinal sin, you have received a personal character.
"We will not forget this," they wrote. "You set a new tone for the kind of interaction we will have with you. It's cold. "
We reached out to Respawn and Electronic Arts representatives to ask for further comment on this mess, but if you're on Sunday morning, it may not come until the older types can come in, triage this situation and try to explain it.