In a recent tweet, a Respawn Entertainment developer explained why they won't add kill cams to their battle royale game, Apex Legends.
Kill cams are a popular request by fans of Apex Legends. In a battle royale where you are frequently killed by the enemy, having a view of your death from the angle of the opponent can help you learn from your mistakes and improve. Unlike games like Battlefield, though, Apex Legends has no kill cam. On May 23, a curious fan asked the devs why.
Respawn Explains Why Apex Legends Doesn't Have Kill Cams
Jason McCord, Design Director at Respawn, responded to the fan's tweet: "Well, we won't show you how you died until your whole squad is dead (otherwise you'll have cheaty info), at which point it's often not useful anymore."
The fan then asked about a final kill cam - a replay of the final blow of the battle after the game ends - and McCord gave a more positive response. "Ah yeah, it's been talked about for final kill," he said. "It's just one of those things that costs memory on the server so we need to make sure it's worth it."
He added that it's rare that a player wins and also needs a kill cam to see what happened, so it hasn't been a priority for them.
Though Respawn's decision may be disappointing to some, this doesn't mean they won't consider other options to help players improve. Respawn has generally been a great listener to player feedback, and has addressed many issues raised by the community, so players should continue to communicate and hope for the best.