Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect was one of the many big name streamers who were involved in the launch and promotion of Apex Legends as an ‘Apex Partner’, but two months later he rarely plays – explaining that it still feels like a ‘demo’.
Along with fellow streamers like Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek and Jack ‘CouRage‘ Dunlop, the Doc was even invited out to play and test the game prior to release, giving feedback to Respawn Entertainment.
At first, it all seemed to work out, as Apex launched to unprecedented popularity, reaching 50 million players in only a month, making it the most successful launch of a free-to-play game ever.
In that first month, of February 2019, Apex Legends generated $92 million from in-game spending across all platforms, but its massive momentum has slowed noticeably.
Although the exact number of players is unknown, the viewing figures on Twitch have plummeted, and this is largely due to the big names like shroud and Dr Disrespect not streaming the game.
On April 24, a viewer put the question to the Doc, asking why he had gone off the game. “It’s a lot of fun, but it feels like it’s an incomplete product,” he responded, “it’s a bit like a demo, that’s what it feels like.”
“I like the demo, but I can’t play the demo for very long. I want the complete package, I want the selection of multiple maps, I want more legends, I want more stuff happening with the game.”
Apex Legends content leaves players feeling burnt out
Dr Disrespect certainly isn’t alone in this estimation either, as many players have voiced concern with the slow drip of new content in the game.
Since launch on February 4, only one new weapon has been added, and one new legend. The battle pass rewards for Season 1 underwhelmed too, which subsequently dropped expectations for what Season 2 might hold as well.