Apex Legends celebrated its third permanent game mode release with the launch of The Old Ways event earlier in the week. After having made appearances in numerous limited-time events, Duos is back, and it’s here to stay. But with the permanent addition of Duos, many Apex fans have been left wondering: what about Solos?
Respawn Entertainment introduced Apex’s solo mode with the launch of the Iron Crown Collection event in August 2019, and the game mode was an instant hit across the battle royale’s fanbase. The mode wasn’t without its flaws, however, and many fans began realizing that players began teaming up with each other to gain advantages over their opponents—defeating the purpose of the game mode entirely.
Following the rise of these “teamers,” Respawn said that the company remained undecided on whether the game mode would be a permanent addition to the game or just another event-exclusive game mode. In the 1.16 patch notes, the Apex developer mentioned that it was collecting feedback and monitoring “healthy matchmaking” before deciding if the game mode was to return.
But unfortunately for fans of the solo mode, it’s unlikely the single-player format will be brought back to the game—not permanently, at least.
In the more recent patch notes for The Old Ways event, Respawn said that solos doesn’t fit the company’s vision for the game and that it hindered Apex’s intended playstyle.
“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,” Respawn wrote. “We’ve also purposely designed Legends and their abilities to compliment teamplay and squad composition, but when played Solo some Legend abilities become useless”
Solos’ return isn’t completely off the table, however. Respawn said it’s “still exploring” ways to bring the mode back, but it won’t be available any time soon.