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5 features Apex Legends desperately needs

Published: 13/Nov/2019 18:53 Updated: 25/Nov/2019 1:39

by Andy Williams

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Respawn Entertainment’s flagship title has brought a refreshing change of pace to the battle royale genre. Although it is difficult to question Apex Legends’ unprecedented success, there is still an absence of certain features which would improve player experience tenfold. 

Here are five features that desperately need to come to the Apex Games. We’ve also added some bonus ones that may hold their rightful place in World’s Edge.

Respawn Entertainment.World’s Edge brought several changes to Apex Legends.

1. Replays

Post-match replays are a handy tool for casual and competitive players alike. Whether you’re looking to add some cinematics or looks for areas to improve, Apex Legends does not currently offer that facility. 

Players have been longing for a replay mode for several seasons — with the community requesting the feature on the Apex Legend subreddit mere days after the game’s release. 

Despite there being no sign on the Apex Legends Tracker, Respawn will surely be looking to implement the feature in a bid to keep up with their battle royale counterpart. 

Epic Games.Epic Games integrated a replay mode into Fortnite last year.

2. Killcam

On the topic of learning from one’s mistakes, a killcam facilitates just that. Allowing players to identify how they were taken down not only permits you to learn for next time but also puts your mind at ease of being killed by one of those notorious hackers. 

Being a much-requested feature on the Apex Legends subreddit, the logistics of a killcam are challenging to incorporate into battle royales. By quickly viewing your assailant’s point-of-view, you could dish out some vital information that your teammates could benefit from. 

Although killcams have made an appearance in the likes of PUBG and Blackout, they may hinder certain Legends’ abilities during team scenarios. Therefore, a killcam might only serve its purpose in a single player (solo) game mode.

Respawn Entertainment.Awaiting Recovery: Legends are greeted with this message after dying.

3. Permanent solos/duos modes

Solos mode was hugely popular among the battle royale’s faithful following during its brief appearance in the Iron Crown Collection event.

Albeit only live for just over two weeks, the single-player mode was the silver lining in the event that was otherwise plagued by its monetization issues. 

Following on from the success of the limited-time solo mode, Respawn launched a temporary duo mode on November 5. Since the game mode will likely have an expiry date, it appears that the developers are testing the waters before integrating either mode permanently.

Respawn Entertainment.Duos has been lapped up by fans far and wide.

4. Cross-play integration

After Sony enabled cross-platform multiplayer access to developers, Fortnite and Modern Warfare were among the first to utilize the new tool. 

Respawn have previously made their intentions clear with cross-play, and a leak has revealed that they are potentially making moves to incorporate it. However, Lead Developer Drew McColl has previously stated: “If it wasn’t a ginormous amount of effort and work, we’d probably already be doing (cross-play).”

Not only would it be logistically tricky to implement cross-play with such a small team, but Respawn would also have to find a way to mitigate the movement advantage PC players have before they hop on the bandwagon.

Sony/Respawn Entertainment/Microsoft.“Don’t hold your breath for cross-play to make an appearance any time soon, friends.”

5. Favorite Legend system

Ever gone AFK only to come back and find that Respawn decided it was time for your character to hang up their bionic legs and trade them in for a heavy Gun Shield and extra 200 lbs of weight? The final feature on our list is a simple yet effective filter system that would rid that entirely. 

Reddit user ‘deadend1755’ devised a smart tool that would allow you to favorite your top three Legends. That way, if you prefer to play a more gung-ho style, you can filter your top three characters accordingly. 

This feature would be potentially the most straightforward for Respawn to add and would avoid being lumbered with accommodating your play-style to suit a character you’d otherwise have no business playing.

Respawn Entertainment.Who would be your top three Legends to run in World’s Edge?

Bonus features 

Although the above features are perhaps the most frequently requested, that’s not to say there aren’t any additional features that Apex would benefit from. For example, to replace a killcam in team-based modes, a ‘best play of the game’ cam could be integrated to reward the flashy plays that would otherwise go unnoticed. 

On the flip side of the coin, there is currently no facility to report players for rogue play — a tool that would have been handy to feedback when players were teaming up during the solo LTM

In terms of features that would directly influence the game’s dynamics, perhaps there is scope to incorporate weather dynamics into the server. Ideally randomly generated, the varied climate within World’s Edge provides the perfect arena to include the effects of all weather conditions on player-vs-player interactions. 

Should a player find themselves in a sticky situation (whether that be served by a harsh gale or an oncoming squad), an ability to build similarly to Fortnite would add another intriguing dynamic to Apex Legends’ already sophisticated movement system. 

Of course, building a sky-scraping tower might seem impractical when Pathfinder could scale it in a matter of seconds. 

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Who is Fuse in Apex Legends? Season 8 Legend abilities, release date, origin story

Published: 18/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 21:13

by Calum Patterson

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Fuse has finally been confirmed as the new Legend that will be added in Season 8 of Apex Legends, and while his abilities have not been revealed yet, there are quite a few leaks and teasers that give a good idea as to what they are.

Apex Legends Season 8 – called Mayhem – is expected to drop around the two-year anniversary of the game’s launch, on February 2, 2021, and along with the flurry of new content and changes comes a brand new Legend, Fuse.

Fuse will have a lot of expectations to live up to, as the most recent new character, Horizon, released in the strongest state of any post-launch character.

Whether this new recruit will instantly become part of the meta remains to be seen, but their leaked abilities might give us some indication. Here’s everything we know about the next character in line to be added.

Who is the Season 8 Legend?

Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8.
Respawn Entertainment
Meet Fuse, the new Legend for Apex Legends Season 8!

After weeks of speculation, Respawn finally announced on January 18 that Fuse would indeed be the new Legend added for Season 8: Mayhem. They describe the character as one that “doesn’t lack confidence, but often lacks a plan. He’s a blow-up first ask-questions-later kinda guy.”

Fuse’s origin story is quite an explosive one; he’s from a planet called Salvo and made a name for himself winning pit fights and other similar fighting competitions. Eventually, it gets revealed that he’s been chosen to compete in the Apex Games, a decision that his longtime (and jealous) friend doesn’t appreciate.

In the S8 ‘Stories from the Outlands’ video, Fuse and his friend get into a skirmish until she tosses a grenade between them, with the subsequent explosion costing the explosives expert his arm, which is why he sports a robotic one in the Apex Games.

What are Fuse’s abilities? Leaks & teasers

As mentioned above, Respawn did not reveal Fuse’s ability kit when announcing him as the S8 Legend, so we’ll have to wait until the devs decide to roll out those details. Until then, there’s enough info out there, in leaks and teasers, for us to piece the puzzle together a bit.

From the character’s name and marketing, it’s clear that his abilities feature explosives and explosions, which makes sense considering that in-game teasers already suggest as much. Here’s a look at the teaser for his Ultimate.

This ability was part of a leak that surfaced in early 2021 containing the Legend’s other powers. The Ult is apparently going to be named Firebomb (fitting, considering the teaser above) while his Tactical is called Projectile Grenade, likely involving that golden grenade he’s shown with throughout the trailer.

  • Tactical: Projectile Grenade
  • Ultimate: Firebomb

Sound files for the abilities were also found and leaked by Biast12.

What’s perhaps most interesting is that these abilities seem to line up with a Legend concept that was first posted back in May 2019 on Reddit – with the name of the concept also called ‘Fuse’.

This concept by a fan was also called an ‘explosives expert’, so it seems possible that Respawn could have taken inspiration from this character idea. This is what the concept looked like (note this is a fan-made concept – not the official Fuse Legend).

Fuse concept in Apex Legends
Reddit: u/designty
This fan-made concept for a Legend called Fuse was very popular back in 2019.

It won’t be long until Respawn reveal the official names and details for all three of Fuse’s abilities, but these leaks and teasers give us a pretty clear idea of the type of character he will be in the Apex Games.

For more information about next season, including the new weapon and Kings Canyon map changes, make sure to check out our Season 8 Mayhem info page.