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Apex Legends beats Fortnite and more on PlayStation in 2019

Published: 12/Jan/2020 12:03

by Andy Williams

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Respawn Entertainment have done the unexpected by dethroning Epic Games’ Fortnite with Apex Legends as the most downloaded free-to-play game on PS4.

After launching with next to no warning in February 2019, Apex Legends took the gaming world by storm. Players were flooding EA’s servers to try their hand at Respawn’s entry in the battle royale realm.

Ever since, Apex Legends has grown from strength-to-strength, having recently clocked in their most successful month post-launch. And after less than a year of mixing it with the best, the Apex Games has reached more people than any other free-to-play title on PlayStation in 2019.

EAThe original roster of characters lay the foundation for Apex Legends to grow into what it has today.

Sporting a fluid, first-person movement system, a diverse roster of Legends and in-depth lore that ties perfectly into EA’s Titanfall universe, what’s not to love with the Apex Games?

Respawn has also been keen to provide a plethora of fresh content throughout the year, to ensure that players kept coming back for more… and they did so in their droves. 

Season 3 was make-or-break for Apex Legends. Epic Games were on the brink of releasing Chapter 2 for Fortnite, so Respawn knew they had to deliver. After stripping away the game’s staple map and replacing it with World’s Edge, the devs took a risk that had to pay-off. 

Considering Apex Legends then went on to have its highest-grossing month since launch, it’s fair to say that it paid off and then some. Not only that, but Apex Legends has now dethroned Fortnite as the top free-to-play title on the PlayStation store in North America.

Fortnite topped PlayStation’s 2018 download charts, with one the original battle royales in H1Z1 being their closest rival. 

The story is the same on the European front, too, with Apex Legends besting Fortnite yet again to take the number one spot.

SonyHere’s how North America’s 10 most downloaded free-to-play games on PlayStation for 2019 shaped up.

Apex Legends taking the top honors for 2019 is all the more impressive when you consider that Fortnite players far and wide would have all re-downloaded their game when Chapter 2 was announced. 

February 4 will make Apex Legends’ one-year anniversary, meaning that Respawn will likely have something in the pipeline that will usher in Season 4 with a bang. 

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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!