Following strong player backlash during the game's Iron Crown special event, which caused Respawn developers to change how the players earn the new legendary skins, Respawn took a moment to apologize for how it structured the event. However, the conversation didn't exactly go as planned.
To recap, the Iron Crown event had several cosmetics bundled into the Iron Crown Collection. These cosmetics were exclusive to the event and can only get them through loot boxes. The loot boxes, however, was an expensive endeavor(700 Apex Coins, or about $7 USD).
The apology thread on Reddit began innocently on Saturday, detailing a description of how Respawn was restructuring the Iron Crown event, as well as future events. The thread quickly devolved into chaos, with a series of inflammatory comments - from players and Respawn developers as well.
One user wrote, "Remember to not start s****** their d****, they probably planned this,”
A respawn developer by the username of dko5 responded, “Hell no,” “We're humans, you know, and we will make mistakes.”
Things continued to only get more heated when Dko5 posted:
"We've said it before, but we will not engage with temper tantrums, and personal attacks or vitriolic (sic) threads are completely unacceptable,” dko5 said, responding to another user who was reflecting on the vitriolic comments made towards Respawn. “We took a look in the mirror this week (lol - thanks for all the attacks guys) and decided we hadn't met up obligations and are making changes because we believe in our approach. I've been in the industry long enough to remember when players weren't complete a**-hats to developers and it was pretty neat. I forged a bunch of long-lasting relationships from back then. Would be awesome to get back there, and not engaging with toxic people or asking "how high" when a mob screams "jump" is hopefully a start.”
Respawn community manager Jay Frechette also took a moment to push back negative comments.
“So it's fine for you all to call us liars, full of s***, and other personal attacks when we communicate an apology and update to the event but we're "immature" when we call people out on it. Got it,” Frechette said, responding to another comment calling Respawn “money-hungry."
Since then, Apex Legends subreddit has been flooded with angry posts regarding the developers' various comments.
Keep tuning in for Respawn and EA's official comment on the situation.