Let's chat quickly about the War Games event that's coming next week, and "Takeover" modes.

Designing Play Apex Takeovers has been a big win for the game. Injecting new gameplay into normal Trios and Duos does a few things that we really like.

Mostly, it keeps our matchmaking healthier. More people jump in to try the modes, earn the cosmetics, etc. - and they all play in the same queues.

This means you get faster matches at better quality at more hours of the day.

It does lots of little things, too.

Some people can't find the LTMs or forget there's one active.

Some people bounce off the LTM because the gameplay is too different and their skill doesn't translate well. Takeovers are designed to be closer to the core BR loop.

Mostly it's the matchmaking. Having more players playing in the same queues does amazing stuff to the game "feeling" better.

Separate LTMs just split people off. Those queues are smaller, which makes them take longer to start and the matchmaker can't do it's job as well.

Our first Takeovers (Airdrop Extravaganza and Locked and Loaded) were received really well.

With Ring Fury, we saw good engagement! But we heard some feedback that helped us shape our approach to Takeovers for the future.

What we learned: Takeovers are best when they change the game in positive ways for the player. This seems obvious, but designers like to make new challenges for you to overcome. Like big ring flares!
Ring Fury would have made a better LTM than a Takeover, I think.

6/9 (nice)
We looked over the schedule of the War Games event after we heard feedback on Ring Fury. Here's what we did:
- Remove Flare Up from the event. It was another variant of Ring Fury.
- Removed another mode from the event that wasn't fulfilling the goals.

We discussed removing Killing Time, because the reduced round timer can be surprising, but we think this mode is important to test. It aims to solve oddly paced games, and it's something I've wanted to try since we launched.

Overall I think players will enjoy the modes we cooked up. They change every few days, so try them all and tell us what you think!
If you don't care for them, remember Ranked is still classic Apex.
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