Respawn Entertainment have released another update in Apex Legends, this time nerfing the Peacekeeper and EVA-8 shotguns as well as the Precision Choke Hop-Up attachment.
Shotguns, especially the Peacekeeper, have been under significant scrutiny from the Apex Legends player-base for a while now, with many calling for Respawn to limit their effectiveness.
This continued even after Respawn recently nerfed the Peacekeeper on November 22, but players remained dissatisfied because that update didn't affect the weapon's damage stats.
Finally, on December 5, the players' demands were addressed when the developers pushed out a server patch implementing nerfs to all of the shotguns except the Mozambique, which certainly doesn't need any nerfing.
A full breakdown of this update is available below, including the full patch notes and commentary from the developers explaining each change.
Earlier today, we pushed a server patch, now live on all consoles, that included the following shotgun balance changes:
🔸Decreased bolt hit size for Peacekeeper and EVA-8
🔸Increased shot spread for Peacekeeper
🔸Increased spread on final Precision Choke level
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) December 5, 2019
Shotguns and Precision Choke nerfed in Apex Legends
There were three major changes implemented via this December 5 update.
The bolt hit size was reduced for both the Peacekeeper and EVA-8. Respawn explained that the idea behind this change was to make it more difficult to hit "full chunks of damage" while still ensuring that shots remain consistent in how they feel.
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The Peacekeeper's shot spread was increased to force players to have to get closer to their enemies if they want to be still able to inflict 100+ points of damage with the weapon.
The last change was for the Precision Choke Hop-Up, which can be equipped on only the Peacekeeper and Triple-Take sniper rifle. The spread on the final Precision Choke level was increased so to reduce the range at which players can do damage with a fully charged shot using the Hop-Up.
Apex Legends December 5 update patch notes
Here are the full patch notes and commentary for this server patch, as provided on Reddit.
Respawn just put out a server patch for all platforms with MORE balance adjustments for shotguns, specifically the Peacekeeper! See below for specifics, as well as some info about The Game Awards 2019!
Decreased bolt hit size for Peacekeeper and EVA-8
Our goal here is to make it harder to land full chunks of damage while still making sure shots continue to feel consistent.
Increased shot spread for Peacekeeper
We want to preserve its bursty fantasy of precision and snapshots, as well as its playmaking potential but felt that it's been too strong at range so we’ve increased shot spread meaning that now players need to get closer in order to do full 100+ damage blasts with the Peacekeeper.
Increased spread on final Precision Choke level
This reduces the range that you can do full damage with a fully charged Precision Choke shot.