In a decisive move to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, Apex Legends has officially announced the removal of the controversial controller tap strafe feature, alongside a crackdown on the misuse of configuration files. This development marks a significant step in the battle against unfair advantages in the game, addressing long-standing community concerns.
Heads up, legends. We've been rolling out some changes to @PlayApex to better protect the game's competitive integrity.— Respawn (@Respawn) February 1, 2024
We are making changes to remove automated strafing on controller and will also be making changes to prevent the chaining of cfg files via the +exec command…
For years, the Apex Legends community has been divided over the use of controller tap strafing, a technique that allowed players to execute sharp turns and maneuvers that were not intended by the game's design. This method, particularly exploited through "Steam configs," enabled controller players to mimic rapid input commands, giving them an unfair edge in mobility.
The controversy surrounding tap strafing is part of a larger debate on the disparities between controller and mouse and keyboard (MNK) players, with each input method having its unique advantages. However, the ability for controller players to tap strafe blurred these lines, leading to an imbalance in the game's competitive landscape.
This mf made configs for looting, armor swapping, no recoil, neostrafing, supergliding, and turning 180. Steam configs need to be replaced with something else pic.twitter.com/ryliuCAi3X— Treeree (@Treereeeee) January 28, 2024
Beyond tap strafing, the misuse of config files has been a growing concern. Players found ways to chain commands together, allowing for automated movements, recoil reduction, and other game-breaking exploits. These configurations essentially enabled cheating without the use of traditional hacks, undermining the skill-based nature of Apex Legends.
Respawn's response has been clear and firm, disabling all config commands that facilitate these abuses. This move not only targets controller tap strafing but also addresses a broader range of cheats that have plagued the game.
While the crackdown is extensive, it's important to note that not all config modifications are banned. Players can still customize their experience with legal configs, such as adjusting frame rates or changing reticle colors. These adjustments do not offer competitive advantages and will remain a part of the game.
Apex Legends coming out of nowhere to drop the hammer on players abusing config files and movement configs on roller.— rivaLxfactor@KICK (@rivaLxfactor) February 1, 2024
Countless creators careers have been ended while being called actual cheaters by Apex Legends in the process :D pic.twitter.com/LIMD7xq0Iw
The response from the Apex Legends community has been overwhelmingly positive, with players and fans applauding Respawn's commitment to fairness and competitive integrity. This change is seen as a victory for those who advocate for a level playing field, where skill and strategy determine success, not the exploitation of game mechanics.
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