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Apex Legends community rallies behind creative badge tier concepts

Published: 20/Jan/2020 0:38

by Brad Norton

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Looking to build upon the current unlockables in Apex Legends, this unique concept ramps up the challenge to collect the highest-tiered badges in the popular battle royale title.

February 4 marked the surprise release of Apex Legends in 2019. Rapidly approaching the end of the first year of Respawn Entertainment’s popular free-to-play title, it seems as though avid players are hungry for new challenges.

Having been able to grind and unlock a majority of the badges currently in the game, a unique concept looks to cater to the most dedicated players around the world and provide a true end-game challenge.

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Badges are some of the best ways for the most experienced players to flex their accomplishments.

While there are plenty of badges to currently grind for in Apex Legends, only a select few come with multiple tiers to unlock. From the Assassin challenge to the limited time Fight or Fright badge, there are a number of unique tasks that can be tackled quickly for the first tier, or gradually chipped away at for the higher tiers.

However, the large majority of badges in the Battle Royale are singular, offering only one unique objective and providing a lone vanity item upon completion. 

Looking to overhaul many of the unlockables with more difficult challenges, Reddit user ‘psygaud’ recently showcased five unique badges that they would change. 

Expressing that “a lot of the original badges with only one tier are easy to get in a month or so,” they created their own concept art and expanded on the badges to show just how Respawn could challenge even veteran players.

Some suggestions for tiers to existing badges. A lot of the original badges with only one tier are easy to get in a month or so of playing and it would be nice to have a way to show if you play a lot of different legends consistently or that you are a team player. from apexlegends

“It would be nice to have a way to show if you play a lot of different legends consistently, or that you are a team player,” they elaborated, pleading for new ways to showcase their unique commitment to certain playstyles.

Starting out with a more basic challenge that can apply to all Legends in the game, they showed an upgraded ‘Hot Streak’ badge. Currently set to two wins in a row, the new tiers on display would allow players to flex a whopping 10 game-winning streak with each character.

If you’re more of a completionist, one of the most time-consuming badges to acquire would be the proposed tier-IV unlock for the ‘Well-Rounded’ badge. Currently capped at 20,000 damage on eight different Legends, the highest tier in this concept would require players to reach 200,000 with eight unique characters instead. 

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Which Legend would you use to get your first 10-game winning streak?

While a number of these new challenges would likely never be feasible for more casual players, hopping into a lobby and spotting a veteran with the highest tier unlock is sure to be impressive.

With the second year of Apex Legends right around the corner, and Season 4 expected to release on the anniversary, perhaps a number of new badges are on the way, each with their own higher-tiered unlocks for the most dedicated players out there.

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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.”

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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!