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Apex Legends Evo Shields could become starting armor in Season 6

Published: 6/Aug/2020 8:14 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 9:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends may be set for an armor overhaul, with dynamic Evo Shields potentially in line to become starting equipment heading into the battle royale’s sixth season, according to a cheeky tease from a Respawn developer this week.

Evo Shields have been widely regarded as a fairly strong addition to the Apex Legends battle royale metagame since their debut back in the System Override event in March 2020.

The Apex Legends shields were added to promote fighting; players earn level-ups for their armor sets with every elimination. Evo Shields improve from a single armor bar to two, then four, then five, depending on your kills.

After a brief time in the “Deja Loot” limited-time mode, the power-up shields were added to a raft of Apex Legends’ playlists. This included the battle royale’s ranked modes on Kings Canyon and World’s Edge.

Evo Shields may be going one step further, and becoming one of Apex’s core armor items that players drop with in every match from Season 6 onward, according to a recent tease on Reddit from Respawn developer Daniel Klein.

Evo Shields were introduced back in Apex Legends Season 3.
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Evo Shields could be set to replace Apex Legends’ base shields sometime in Season 6.

Apex Legends could make Evo Shields starting armor

The upgradeable armor plates have been a fan-favorite since their Apex Legends debut. In a recent discussion on the new ‘Always Be Closing Evolved’ LTM, one Apex fan even suggested they should be “mandatory,” and dubbed them the “best addition to the game by far.”

Enter Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein, who has been working for the battle royale since mid-Season 3.

He responded that he thought Evo Shields becoming “mandatory” would be a fairly “good idea” heading into Season 6. There are a few kinks Klein said Respawn would want to work out before making a permanent armor, however.

Apex Legends dev Daniel Klein said he thought mandatory Evo Shields was a
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Apex Legends dev Daniel Klein said he thought mandatory Evo Shields was a “good idea.”

Potential issues with teased Evo Shield changes

One issue is the chance a player drops far away from where the majority of the lobby has landed. That means there’s no chance to level-up your starting Evo Shield, which is “100%” a problem, said Klein.

“I’d love to attack [read, solve] ‘I wanna fight another squad but I can’t find anyone’ in the game,” he continued, “but even outside of that we’d find a way to fix the ‘I never met anyone so my Evo sucks’ problem if we were to ship Evo only.”

The other problem is handing players starting armor right off the bat reduces the “opening scramble” battle royale players have come to know and love. Respawn would aim to “find a way to maintain that,” Klein promised.

Klein said Respawn would have to work through a few issues before they made Apex Legends Evo Shields-only.
Screenshot Reddit / Respawn Entertainment
Klein said Respawn would have to work through a few issues before they made Apex Legends Evo Shields-only.

When could Evo Shields become starting armor?

The Apex Legends dev didn’t mention any kind of potential date for this to begin, though that does make sense; he was just responding to the suggestion, after all. Respawn may have it planned, but they’ve announced nothing just yet.

If the armor change does go through, it wouldn’t be until the start of Season 6. That is likely to arrive on Tuesday, August 18, so nothing would be officially swapped over before then. 

If you can’t wait to get your fill of Evo Shields, though, they’ll also be back as starting items in the “Always Be Closing Evolved” LTM. That upgraded limited-time mode is expected to begin on August 11 as part of the last Season 5 event.

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Apex Legends stand by ban after LuLuLuvely reports “innocent” player

Published: 22/Oct/2020 21:39

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment have said they stand by a ban ruling that caused controversy in the Apex Legends community, after NRG streamer ‘LuLuLuvely’ reported a player who protested their innocence on Reddit.

After a hacker mowed down a team of streamers including Lulu, the NRG content creator immediately filed a report to Respawn’s security team member Conor ‘Hideouts’ Ford to sort the situation.

According to LuLuLuvely, her claim included a clip that clearly shows the enemy Gibraltar blatantly hacking. However, the person playing Bloodhound alongside Gibby was also ousted.

The Bloodhound, who initially disputed the decision under their Reddit account ‘KongoBoom,’ slammed Respawn and Hideouts for how the process was carried out and reaffirmed their innocence. Their post was titled “Killing streamers got me banned.”

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The Bloodhound player in question claimed innocence, but Respawn’s investigation reaffirmed their ban.

“I’m season 6 / 3 predator with more than 30,000 kills you said I was cheating and in the video everything’s clear. The streamer gave my name mistakenly to the developer, in your email you said I was cheating without giving any proof,” they said.

This quickly set off the community. Accusations of a compromised system, favoritism to particular streamers, or lack of proper handling for bans were all brought up.

LuLu apologized to the player on Twitter, and said she would pass the thread along to get it attention. But, there was still anger about the supposed favoritism to address concerns of streamers, before regular players.

But after hours of community in-fighting and apparent “borderline death threats” toward LuLu, Respawn said they were standing by the decision.

“Regarding today’s Reddit thread from a banned Bloodhound (BH) player,” the studio wrote. “BH appeared to have multiple other banned accounts, BH has a history of attempting to evade bans, BH was partied with the cheating Gibraltar. We stand by the ban.”

Initially, KongoBoom expressed their frustration at the sequence of events. While the NRG streamer indicated that she had no intention of the Bloodhound being banned when making the report, the security team at Respawn have decided there was enough evidence to merit the verdict.

Following Respawn’s statement, LuLuLuvely said “Shame on those who sent borderline death threats to me because of a Reddit post from the guy claiming he was innocent.”

It should be noted that anyone can access the ‘Cheater Report’ Discord channel that’s handled by Hideouts, where people can directly submit clips and evidence of a hacker.

Uproar on this topic has devolved to speculation and accusations outside of Apex Legends and Respawn entirely, but the developers have now concluded this chapter of their long-standing battle against cheaters.