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7 Apex Legends changes not announced in Grand Soirée update patch notes

Published: 16/Jan/2020 22:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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Following the launch of the Grand Soirée Arcade in-game event in Apex Legends, popular YouTuber ‘TheGamingMerchant’ has discovered that Respawn Entertainment had made several changes without disclosing them in the official patch notes.

The Grand Soirée Arcade Event is very much underway in Apex Legends, adding a ton of new content such as several brand new limited-time modes, a lot of new cosmetic items, and more.

The launch of this event came as part of a larger update on January 14, in which Respawn implemented changes to several Legends and weapons, in addition to a bunch of fixes for bugs and glitches.

However, players were quick to notice several changes were made that did not get disclosed in the update’s patch notes, for one reason or another.

We’ve included a breakdown of all seven of the unannounced changes below, courtesy of The Gaming Merchant, who recently posted a video about it on his YouTube channel.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Grand Soiree Arcade Event is packed with a lot of new content and cosmetic items, as well as several changes made to the game.

Unannounced Apex Legends Grand Soirée changes

FIRING RANGE DUMMIES IMPROVED

The AI dummies found in the game’s Firing Range training area have been considerably improved so that they’re “a lot smarter now,” reacting much more aggressively when engaged and will hunt down players who try to pick a fight with them.

It’s not exactly clear why Respawn made this change, although it could be for players to prepare better for the upcoming Dummies Big Day LTM, which will take place January 26-28.

RED DEATH BOXES

Players who have a Vault Key in their inventory now drop red-colored loot boxes when eliminated, letting others know that their death box contains the ultra-rare item.

The Vault Key’s rarity trumps Legendary, so the boxes will show as red even if there are gold items inside.

Respawn EntertainmentPlayers who have Vault Keys now drop red-colored death boxes when eliminated.

EVENT COSMETICS ADDED TO LOOT POOL

The Grand Soirée Arcade Event introduced a lot of new outfit skins and weapon camos, some of which were added into the main loot pool without Respawn making an announcement about it.

The significance of this is that the cosmetic items added to the main loot pool can be directly purchased or crafted and do not need to be unlocked by opening Apex Packs.

IMPROVED LONGBOW IRON SIGHT

The iron sight for the Longbow DMR was cleaned up with this update, with the new one offering players a lot more visibility than the old one.

PATHFINDER STAT TRACKER

The Event Prize Tracker in the Grand Soirée Arcade Event contains stat trackers that players can unlock for free. These stat trackers, currently only available for the Pathfinder, show how many wins, kills, and damage you have gotten while playing as the robot Legend.

It’s not clear when, or if, something like this will be added for other Legends but it’s certainly a positive sign from Respawn because fans have been asking for such a feature for quite a while.

Respawn EntertainmentStat trackers are finally in Apex Legends, although currently available only for Pathfinder.

NEW REVIVE ANIMATION

Gibraltar has received a new animation for reviving teammates when inside his Dome Shield. The January 14 update buffed Gibraltar so that he can now revive squadmates faster under the shield, and that’s translated into a new animation.

TOURNAMENT MODE AND PRIVATE MATCHES

The update added a new option to the main menu that leads to custom private matches and tournament mode.

Access past that screen is currently restricted, and there’s no telling when it’ll be made available to the public, but recent leaks have revealed how this feature functions once you get past the locked area.

While none of these changes are drastic or game-changing, they’re still worth taking note of, especially since Respawn didn’t mention them in their official patch notes.

The Grand Soirée Arcade Event is scheduled to run until Tuesday, January 28, a few days before Season 3 will wrap up in favor of Season 4.

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Apex Legends hidden message reveals Mirage is related to Titanfall 2 characters

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:53 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 19:41

by Julian Young

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A secret lore drop found on the Mirage Voyage – brought back by Respawn in the lead-up to Season 8 – has revealed a close connection between the Holographic Trickster and two characters from Titanfall 2.

In a surprise move on January 15, Respawn threw the original Apex Legends’ map – Kings Canyon – back into the rotation for the first time in Season 7. This version of Kings Canyon features the Mirage Voyage airship, hovering over the remains of Skulltown.

While pro players and content creators largely criticized Kings Canyon in Season 6 – leading to its absence from the rotation in Season 7 – the announcement was met with support from the community, including praise for bringing the Mirage Voyage to Kings Canyon for the first time.

The airship is not the only new addition in Kings Canyon. A hidden voice message on a phone revealed a connection between the game’s loveable jokester Mirage and two characters from Respawn’s previous franchise: Titanfall 2.

Titanfall 2 6-4 Droz Davis Selfie
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A hidden voice message has revealed that Mirage is the nephew of two Titanfall 2 characters: Davis and Droz.

The message from Evelyn Witt – Mirage’s mother – begins with an imitation of Kuben Blisk (another Titanfall 2 character with ties to Apex Legends), then switches to a more personal tone. Evelyn covers a range of topics, including her on-going struggle with what appears to be dementia.

Halfway through the message, she drops a bombshell when mentioning her brother Droz, and another individual, Davis. Titanfall 2 fans will already be familiar with those characters: both were members of ‘The 6-4’ mercenary group and helped Jack Cooper defeat Titanfall 2’s antagonists, the IMC.

While it appears Evelyn is related to both of the soldiers, some fans are speculating that she is only related to Droz by blood, and Davis is more of a “brother in arms.” Regardless of the exact connection, it seems both Titanfall 2 characters had a close relationship with Evelyn and her son.

Mirage’s mother also says that the two would “always make me laugh, like Elliot.” Fans of Droz and Davis will certainly remember their funny banter during Titanfall 2’s mission ‘The Ark’, and it appears the two mercs passed their sense of humor down to Mirage.

Some Apex Legends players have already gone back and found other connections between the pair and Mirage. In a short clip posted to Reddit by ‘u/R0NiR’, Davis and Droz can be seen taking a selfie during a Titanfall 2 scene, something Mirage fans will be very familiar with seeing.

Mirage’s Uncles Droz and Davis ! They are from Titanfall 2 ! Now We Know Where His Sense Of Humor Comes From 😀 from apexlegends

This is far from the first tangible connection between Apex Legends and Titanfall 2, which share the same in-game universe. Previous hints from Respawn include a Jack Cooper crossover, Bloodhound concept art, and appearances from Titanfall 2 characters like the simulacrum Ash.

Respawn has previously shut down rumors regarding the development of a Titanfall 3, to the disappointment of many fans. Despite no confirmed plans for a new Titanfall installment, the Apex Legends developer continues to tease fans with new tie-ins between the two franchises.