Over the weekend, A war of words broke out between some of Apex Legends developers and its player base via the game's subreddit. The battle royale initially angered fans with its overpriced cosmetics, Respawn then took the moment to apologize for how it structured the event. However, the thread quickly devolved into chaos, with a series of inflammatory comments - from players and Respawn developers. Now, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella is apologizing to fans who may have been offended during the heated exchange
“Things got to a pretty bad place,” Zampella said. He noted that members of the Respawn team got some toxic and nasty comments where death threats were lobbied and family members were brought into the mix and said that he supports his employees in speaking out against those instances. However, “Some of our folks crossed a line with their comments, and that’s not how we want Respawn to be represented,” Zampella wrote in a statement published on his Twitter account.
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) August 19, 2019
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).
Last Friday, Respawn announced that it will be changing how players can acquire legendary skins from the ongoing event. The announcement was made on the r/ApexLegends subreddit, and developers were present to answer questions from players.
Things started to get out of hand when one of the developers(Drew McCoy) began responding to hateful comments with some of his own. “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 back then,”
The comments sparked a furious response on social media by onlookers who believe that game developers shouldn’t speak to their fans that way. While others sympathized with the Respawn developers' position and admit others in the community may have gone too far.