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Apex Legends dev confirm Kings Canyon loot changes coming in next update

Published: 5/Apr/2020 0:34

by Alan Bernal

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The Apex Legends team will be addressing concerns with loot distributions, among other pressing changes, on Kings Canyon with the next update to address growing problems in the game.

Respawn Entertainment Producer Josh Medina spoke with Counter Logic Gaming’s Apex team members Jack ‘NiceWigg’ Martin and Christian ‘Nokokopuffs’ Feliciano about the improvements that could be made to Kings Canyon.

A lot has changed in the battle royale since the return of the initial location for the Apex Games. New weapons, items, armor types, and Legends have made their way to the game – something Kings Canyon now needs to adapt to.

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The loot on Kings Canyon is going to get a tune-up in the next Apex Legends update.

Whether it’s the strain of the new items making the loot distribution on the map bad or just that the battlefield needs some sprucing up, it’s something the devs are looking to fix.

“Tuesday the loot density should be addressed in [Kings Canyon],” Medina said. “Let me if it still feels [bad] after the patch.”

It’s unclear what those changes would be, but NiceWigg indicated that it “was just the hop ups [Respawn] added etc. messing with Kings Canyon loot that made it feel so dry.”

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Apex Legends players jumping into Season 4’s Kings Canyon could find discrepancies with its loot.

Since the Season 4 changes, players report a surge in Double Tap Trigger hop ups among the items that have been showing up the most at random times.

The pro players found it encouraging that the dev took time to have a back-and-forth about the issues in Apex that need to be addressed.

Another issue brought to Medina’s attention was an issue with armor swaps that sometimes come in so fast that people end up with the broken armor they were trying to ditch.

“One issue is the armor as well,” Nokokopuffs said. “Like today, I had an empty gold armor and swapped to a purple but pressed E so fast it picked back up the gold. If the armor is empty and swap to a full is there a way to you prioritize a full armor over just what’s ‘better.’”

Medina teased that he’d talk to the Apex team to “potentially do what we do when swapping Evo armor (red to gold/purp).”

It seems like the Apex Legends teams are buckling down to try and pick up the speed on player feedback turnaround to optimize the popular battle royale.

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Apex Legends director reveals plans to make it more than a battle royale

Published: 31/Oct/2020 10:35

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends is currently one of the most popular battle royale games in what is a saturated market, going toe-to-toe with Fortnite and Warzone – but developers Respawn Entertainment have plans to make it much more than that.

Apex is currently gearing up for its seventh season, which devs have boasted is their biggest yet in terms of new content, as they release the game’s third map, a new Legend, Horizon, and a host of new features like Clubs and a Steam launch.

However, while the battle royale side of things is going from strength to strength, Respawn are ambitious, and have plans to take their Apex Legends universe to new places.

Their focus might currently still be on the battle royale, but game director Chad Grenier has revealed that the studio has much grander plans for the future.

POI on Olympus in Apex Legends
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Apex Legends is moving to a whole new world in Season 7, Olympus on Psamathe.

The future of Apex Legends

In an interview with Eurogamer, Grenier revealed that they are already working on content for up to Season 12 of Apex, as they try to plan as far ahead as possible.

But, beyond just the new seasons of content, there is also a wider view about how they can take their roster of Legends and do new and exciting things. “Right now we’re a battle royale game. I think if you look into the future, we have a lot of conversations of, you know, should we expand beyond battle royale?” Grenier said.

“We have this roster of legends that people love – how else can we use them? I think looking into the future, you’re probably going to see the game becoming more than just a battle royale game. You see we have all these LTMs (limited time modes) and other ways to play. I think that’s a great starting point.”

Horizon running in Apex Legends
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Respawn think they can do more with their roster of Legends.

What exactly this could mean is unclear, but we can make a few educated guesses. The most obvious would be some form of PvP multiplayer mode, Call of Duty style. Respawn’s Titanfall series already did this successfully, and many developers at the studio actually worked on the Modern Warfare series at Infinity Ward previously.

The other obvious option would be PvE. They’ve already dabbled their toes in this with the Season 5 quest, which had small single-player ‘missions’ of sorts, but it wasn’t an all-out campaign or story mode as such.

Given the great lore that Apex Legends has already built up through trailers, teaser and comics, it certainly would make sense to give it more gameplay aspects too.

For now, the focus is on Season 7, but it sounds like Apex Legends has big plans to innovate beyond the standard battle royale.