With the latest season of Apex Legends, developers Respawn Entertainment has tried breaking convention by adding a story to proceedings – something out of the norm for the battle royal genre.
Respawn is trying to breathe a little life into the legendary warriors who battle it out in the APEX Games. They’re doing that through the “Fortune’s Favor” event.
In it we learn that the newest legend on the roster, Loba Andrade, is hatching a plan to steal pieces of an important artefact to mysterious ends. The story itself is OK and will be revealed in portions over the coming weeks – I’m fine with that and understand Respawn’s need to stretch it out to keep players coming back to the mode. But it’s in the presentation I’m feeling a little letdown.
Apex caught my attention when it was first released with some great videos that introduced us to the characters and the world (world’s) in which they live. They’re stylish and fun and make you say ‘oooh’ and ‘ahh’ as things blow up on the screen. However the brand spanking new story mode is presented through…text…plain old text. I’d even have suspended my disappointment if the lines of text were voiced by the incredibly talented cast, but they’re not.
The writing itself is fine and in keeping with what each character would say, but they’re not saying it and you can’t see them. I don’t know if this is what we should expect going forward or if Covid-19 has impacted the presentation. If they had to push this out in its simplistic form because of the outbreak I can understand that, but I would much rather they delayed this feature and pulled together a real story experience that included fully animated and voice-acted episodes that made you hungry for the next instalment. I’ve got to commend Respawn for giving it a go, but as it stands I’m really not paying attention to what’s going on – I just want the mystery weapon charm – and that really shouldn’t be the point.
A missed opportunity or a valiant attempt at adding something new to the genre? Let us know what you think in the comments.