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Apex Legends adds perfect new animation for ‘useless’ Mozambique

Published: 5/Jun/2019 9:44 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 17:43

by Joe O'Brien

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The latest update to Apex Legends introduced a hilarious new animation for the Mozambique that embraces the community’s stance that it’s the least useful weapon in the game.

With limited damage and range as well as only three shots to a magazine, the Mozambique was quickly identified as the weakest weapon in the game after Apex Legends’ release. Some players even went so far as to argue they were better off with no weapon at all.

While many Apex players have called for the Mozambique to be buffed, Respawn have always maintained that they’re happy with where it is, arguing that not every weapon needs to be equally viable. The Mozambique is supposed to be a common weapon to give players something to use, but should be switched out once an alternative is found.

In fact, the developers are so comfortable with the Mozambique’s power level that their original response to the feedback in the wake of the game’s launch was that they simply planned to “enjoy the memes”.

Smokeypalms/YouTubeThe Mozambique is almost universally considered the worst weapon in Apex Legends.

Now, however, they seem to have taken that stance one step further, embracing the Mozambique memes in-game with a new animation for the weapon.

When players replace a Mozambique by picking up another weapon, they no longer simply drop it like any other weapon – now, they forcefully throw it away in a movement that captures how keen most players are to get rid of it at the first opportunity.

The new animation is just a small part of the patch that looks to be the first step in Respawn’s attempts to reinvigorate the game after an underwhelming first season.

The patch introduced Apex’s first Limited Time Mode, titled Legendary Hunt, which brings with it a series of challenges, new cosmetics that many fans are describing as the best the game has seen so far, and an “Elite Queue” accessible by finishing games in the top 5.

The Legendary Hunt LTM precedes the arrival of the game’s second season, in which Respawn have promised to address some of the main issues players had with Season One: Wild Frontier.

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Mirage is getting some “scary” buffs in Apex Legends Season 7 update

Published: 22/Oct/2020 7:24 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 9:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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Mirage will be getting even more Apex Legends buffs when the Season 7 update finally rolls around, Respawn has confirmed, after the Holographic Trickster’s rework in Season 5 didn’t work as well as the devs were hoping.

The Holographic Trickster has had a rough ride of it since debuting in Apex Legends all the way back in the battle royale’s surprise launch.

The main issue Mirage has faced is his “gotcha!” tactics only work on those who are not prepared. Once Apex Legends players became used to the trickster’s fake holograms he took a steep dip in overall win rate. His play rates soon followed too.

Respawn tried to help, shipping a rework in Season 5, but he still floundered.

The issue has gotten so bad for Mirage that the developers are taking another look at the way his ultimate works, just two seasons after patch 5.0 shipped live. Luckily, they think they have a way of pumping some power into his ability kit.

Mirage decoy Apex Legends
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Mirage’s decoys have fallen off in impact since Apex Legends’ launch last year.

Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein was questioned on Mirage buffs ⁠— which Respawn has been teasing for a long while now ⁠— and confirmed they were indeed “on their way” in patch 7.0.0.

The Respawn developer said he didn’t want to “spoil stuff,” including the Mirage changes, but did touch on some of the testing they’d done for the Apex Legends trickster. These included new buffs for his ultimate, ‘Life of the Party.’

One fan suggested Mirage’s ult could “fire blanks,” but Klein shot down that idea straight away. “Decoys firing blanks is a nuclear option,” the Respawn designer said.

“I have no doubt it would be effective, and powerful. The amount of damage it would do to combat readability and just sheer confusion, scares me. I’m trying something different for 7.0 ⁠— [still scary], but not as bad as decoys firing blanks.”

Mirage will be getting more "fun" Apex Legends stories in Season 6.
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Respawn is hoping the new Mirage ultimate buff will shoot him into the Season 7 meta.

These Mirage changes won’t be included in this week’s Halloween update, unfortunately. Instead, they will be added to the battle royale when patch 7.0 ships live in November.

Good news though ⁠— the Season 7 update is actually coming a week sooner than Apex Legends fans were expecting. Respawn appears to have moved the release forward a week, up to November 4, and cut the Season 6 Battle Pass short.

That means it’s only a 14 day wait, from time of publication of course, until Mirage mains will get their hands on the “scary” new buffs for Apex Legends’ trickster.