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Is Forge really dead? Apex Legends dev responds

Published: 30/Jan/2020 9:08 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 9:10

by Joe O'Brien

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An Apex Legends developer has confirmed that new character Forge is definitely dead, seemingly putting to bed theories that he could still be alive.

James ‘The Forge’ McCormick, typically known just as ‘Forge’, was first introduced as the new Legend for Season 4 in a developer stream on January 23.

The announcement came as a surprise to many fans, with leaks having previously suggested that Revenant would instead be the new character debuting in the upcoming season.

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Forge was originally announced as the new Legend for Season 4.

Things were not all as they initially appeared, however. On January 27, Respawn released a video which saw Forge being interviewed after finally qualifying for the Apex games, only for the interview to be abruptly ended by the arrival of Revenant, who appeared behind Forge and stabbed him in the back.

This, along with indications in Apex Legends itself, suggested that Forge was not going to actually make it into the games, and that his place would be taken by Revenant instead. Fans haven’t been totally satisfied with this explanation, however, with many theorizing that Forge may yet have survived.

Unfortunately, it seems those theories may now have been nullified, as Respawn Senior Animator Moy Parra confirmed that Forge was in fact murdered, and he is now “super duper dead.”

Even despite this apparent confirmation, some fans are still not convinced that there aren’t further twists yet to be revealed. Some have pointed to the tone of the tweet, which could be read as slightly sarcastic, while others have claimed the ‘crossed fingers’ emoji could be an indication that the developer isn’t telling the whole truth.

It certainly does seem odd that Respawn would go to the trouble of developing a complete new Legend simply as a means of misdirecting players as to the real new character being released in Season 4, especially as that misdirection only really lasted for a few days.

Whatever the whole truth is, it seems likely that fans may have to wait for Season 4 to arrive on February 4 to find out.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!