Apex Legends

Apex Legends Dev Says Replay Feature Isn't in the Works

A Respawn Entertainment developer says no promises can be made at the moment on if an in-game replay system could be implemented down the line.
A Respawn Entertainment developer says no promises can be made at the moment on if an in-game replay system could be implemented down the line. / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

An Apex Legends developer has put out an update to those in the community hoping for a replay feature to be added to the hit battle royale title.

Don't expect Apex Legends to put out its own replay system similar to Fortnite or PUBG, at least until quite a bit of time has passed since Season 9.

Appearing on the fifth iteration of the Apex Uncut podcast to discuss weapon and legend balancing, potential competitive quality of life changes and the day-to-day logistics of working at Respawn Entertainment, Associate Live Balance Designer John Larson gave his immediate thoughts on the topic.

That would be quite a undertaking from a dev side of things, and I'm not sure the payoff warrants it, at least at this point. So, I would not promise anything on that front.

John Larson, Respawn Entertainment

While building a replay system into battle royales is a major endeavor to take on for developers, the argument can be made that from a bug fixing standpoint, as well as with the potential for competitive film breakdowns and content creation, the ability to rewatch matches in full is well worth the investment.

In regards to rewatching past plays, Respawn has also been reluctant to fulfill community calls for kill cams due to concerns of there simply not being much value in implementing them as well.

Ultimately, adding these aforementioned features would be nice, but is much tougher to do depending on how the game in question was designed initially, as is being seen with Apex Legends' developing cross-progression feature, which has reportedly hit more roadblocks recently.