Respawn Entertainment's efforts to improve competitive integrity at the highest levels of Apex Legends ranked play recently included a two-week test for what it describes as a "soft region lock," the development studio explained via Twitter on Tuesday.
This new system, which only affected Master and Predator-ranked matches, automatically sorted the matchmaking party to the lowest latency datacenter available to the party leader. This caused many regions to regain a portion of their native players, lowering latency for those players.
"We understand that many of you prefer to play on servers outside your region for various reasons, including a concern for cheaters," Respawn tweeted, "but please know we are continuing to work on addressing these concerns with our game security team and we will continue to evaluate ways to improve the quality of competitive matches in the coming months."
For now, it appears Respawn has backed off the soft region lock, allowing players to play on whichever server they choose, but the system may be put back in place in the future now that Respawn has a clearer understanding of how it would affect matchmaking.