Apex Legends won’t have quads because three is “the magic number”

Respawn tested quads early on in development, but found it to be too chaotic

Apex Legends

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the development of battle royale games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Call of Duty: Warzone, then you’ll have noticed that the games have a variety of different modes catered to different party sizes. Well, don’t expect Apex Legends to deliver the same options, because Respawn Entertainment isn’t a fan of quads.

While Apex Legends ranked is locked to trios only, the game has dabbled with duos and solos before. Duos is currently available as a casual mode and solos has made several appearances as limited-time modes. Quads, however, according to design director Jason McCord, just isn’t an option.

“We don’t have any plans to release Quads,” McCord says in a recent Reddit AMA. “Trios is the magic number for us. That’s when the legend composition really shines and the X-Men vs Avengers fantasy really starts to shine through. When you play Quads, which we tested early on, the combat becomes nearly untrackable. It’s chaotic in a negative way.”

The design director even goes on to say that it probably won’t make an appearance as a limited-time mode either, since the entire game is designed around three players. He goes on to explain that the lobby is built to display only three characters, and the loot and certain in-game items are developed around the concept of trios too.


While the above is technically solvable through some development work, McCord believes trios is currently hitting the “sweet spot” of Apex Legends playability and that isn’t going to change any time soon.

So for now, you’ll have smash through Season 7 as a group of three, but make sure you’re using the best Apex Legends characters to give yourself an advantage on the field.