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Apex Legends faces heavy backlash from community over pricing model for skins

Published: 14/Feb/2019 22:43 Updated: 15/Feb/2019 20:22

by Alan Bernal

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Apex Legends had an explosive release, as millions of people flooded the game’s servers in its first week – but now, it seems that players aren’t liking the free-to-play title’s take on pricing.

Even though players can freely experience everything the game has to offer without paying a dime, the cost and lack of quality cosmetics have led to some troubling developments for the popular game.

Throughout the Apex Legends community, players are fuming at the questionable pricing structures for both the Apex Coins and the cosmetic items themselves.

So far the store seems to be predatory. 1100 apex coins for the epic gun? But you only get 1000 coins for spending 9.99. from r/apexlegends

The backlash comes as the new Valentine’s Day cosmetics, which include the Epic skin ‘Through the Heart’ and Legendary banner ‘Love of the Game,’ entered the Shop on February 13. While the skins themselves cost the equivalent of $22 on their own, the stringent pricing models force players to spend around $30 to buy both skins outright.

Although players don’t need to buy these cosmetics, Reddit user Aikon94 pointed out the dangers around these kind of pricing models.

“FREE to PLAY games are free because they revolve on making money in other ways, like cosmetics,” Aikon94 said. “If cosmetics are bad or overpriced fewer people will buy them… devs won’t make enough money and everything will start to suck [leading to] slower and fewer updates and less communication between devs and player base etc.”

Aikon94 pointed to games such as Star Wars Battlefront 1, Battlefront 2, Battlefield 1, and Battlefield V, as all were promising titles marred by similar microtransaction strategies that led to games being drowned in controversy after controversy.

Apex Legends has quickly become a fan-favorite, but growing issues with the way its premium items are handled could send it down a rough road.

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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.