February 2019 - last edited February 2019
Dear Respawn Entertainment.
Me as well as millions of other players are already in love with the title you have created with visible passion and talent.
But within our ranks, there are those who cannot enjoy your game to the fullest because of the annoyance that is motion sickness.
It is an issue that has stopped me from playing some games before sadly.. And I am really hoping it will not be the case this time as I see the insane potential that Apex Legends has.
The main issue creating the motion sickness is head bobbing and other small movements our characters/camera do when doing certain actions.
Sprinting, sliding, reloading and shooting camera movements slowly but surely build up for a massive headache after (or often before) the match ends.
The ideal example of this is the Peacekeeper. Where not the actual shooting recoil (or even the blurring effect after a shot) is the issue but the camera movement after every shot while reloading the shell and the actual reload animation.
The game is really hard to endure for more than a single match and even in small doses, it does make people sensitive to this kind of things sick.
It's worth noting that that's the only issue. Camera Movement.
Everything else is done great.
- No horrible motion blur effects known from other games..
- Anti-aliasing works great and does not blur out the game to the point of getting sick from that..
-The game is sharp and fluid which helps.
Also, I would like to add that I do understand that most of those effects are for additional visual effect, feedback and in some cases even balance.
But giving players an option to at least reduce if not turn off those camera movements in at least some cases would save the game for people with this issue.
And while I know it's not the majority of players.. We are a part of the community.
Additionally.. For the people who will randomly stumble on this post while looking for help or information..
How motion sickness affect us?
- An annoying feeling in stomach
- In some cases vomiting..
How to reduce the negative effects?
- Good lightning behind the display
- Regular breaks/Looking away from the display regularly
- Keeping the game smooth with at least stable 60fps
- Setting up FOV to above 90
- Chewing ginger
- And of course there is medicine for motion sickness but it does have negative effects too sadly..
All of the things above don't stop motion sickness but they do help reducing it effects a little allowing you to feel slightly better after a full match.
Little update: It seems there is quite a lot of us having this issue actually. More than i thought. I really hope this issue is going to be addressed.
Although I don't suffer from Motion Sickness, I entirely agree with you.
Respawn, please fix.
I played for a while on Friday and was nauseous all Saturday from this effect.
I odn't have this issue, dont even know what its talking about as I haven't noticed head bob, but if its affecting people it should be fixed.
It's not as bad as some games but I absolutely agree with this. Mine's not too bad but after an hour or two I feel myself getting dizzy.
I don't suffer from motion sickness but I always turn view bobbing down as much s possible or off in every game that lets me. I don't care that it looks like i'm gliding along on tank treads, it's a game, not a first person action movie sequence.
Don't forget to include an option to reduce/remove the RIDICULOUS camera lurching with first person melee animations. These singlehandedly ruined skyrim's melee combat. Games like ARK which allow turning off melee camera animation entirely become much more comfortable to play.
My wife gets motion sickness pretty easily and although it hasn't happened yet; I hope they take steps to prevent it.