Apparently, player retention took a hit.
After a long wait and a lot of requests, Duos is finally a permanent fixture in the popular battle royale shooter, Apex Legends. Duos had come and gone out of the rotation as a limited timed event multiple times and fans always wanted it to stick around. But Solo is still missing, and it seems the developer thinks that is for the best.
In a recent Reddit post on the game’s official page, Respawn broke down the updates stemming from The Old Ways event (and you can read more about that through here). When talking about the lack of permanent solo modes, they say that when Solos came up in a limited time event, it actually had a negative impact on the game, specifically player retention. They are looking at ways to implement it for the future, but for now, it doesn’t seem like Solos is on the menu.
“Now, what about Solos?” the developer wrote. “When we introduced Solos as a limited-time mode last year we saw it actually negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention. We’ve also purposely designed Legends and their abilities to compliment teamplay and squad composition, but when played Solo some Legend abilities become useless. These are just some of the reasons we decided not to include Solos in today’s update. We’re still exploring ways to allow a Solo experience, but for now grab a friend (or two) and jump into the arena.”
Apex Legends is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Old Ways is live now across all platforms.