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Apex Legends dev confirms Pathfinder buff coming “soon”

Published: 24/Sep/2020 13:09

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends producer Josh Medina has confirmed that fan-favorite character Pathfinder will be getting some “love” soon, as players eagerly await improvements to his abilities.

Since he was nerfed into oblivion in Apex Legends, with a 35 second cooldown on his grapple ability, Pathfinder mains have been (impatiently) waiting on some kind of buff to bring the friendly robot back into meta contention.

Admittedly, he was probably too strong before the nerf, with only a 15-second cooldown on his grapple, allowing him unrivaled mobility. His slender frame already makes him a slippery target, but increasing the grapple cooldown to 35 seconds was just a little too long in the eyes of most players.

It immediately resulted in Pathfinder becoming a less popular pick, falling from 22% to 10% in Season 5. The devs remained firm on their decision though, and he was given no buff in Season 6. In fact, the devs even trolled a bit, with the patch notes for Pathfinder simply reading ‘Hi friend!’.

Pathfinder patch notes
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The devs knew what they were doing the Season 6 patch notes.

Pathfinder “love” coming soon

Thankfully, Pathfinder mains are in luck. A developer has responded to the community’s wishes, albeit through unexpected channels.

When a troll pretended to be a developer and jokingly reveal a buff was coming for Pathfinder, the dev in question, Josh Medina, gave the good news. SoaR player Daltoosh said that, even though it was only a troll, the fake buff did “raise some good points.”

“He’s gonna get some love soon,” Medina responded, confirming that at the very least, Pathfinder improvements are planned.

However, we wouldn’t get our hopes up for any massive reduction in the grapple cooldown. Although Respawn may reduce it slightly, it’s more likely that we see improvements to other parts of Pathfinder’s kit.

Ideally, players will just want him to come back into the meta in a more healthy way, as even the biggest Pathfinder fanboys will have to admit that his previous grapple cooldown was a bit too short.

The next major update for Apex Legends may not be until October though, so for now, Pathfinder players will have to stick it out as he is.

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When is Apex Legends coming to Steam? Release date, cross-play, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:48 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:51

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment has finally announced the release date for when Apex Legends is coming to Steam, meaning that PC players no longer have to rely solely on EA’s own Origin launcher to boot up the title.

EA has teamed up with Steam, bringing their EA Play service to the platform. You can also now buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and FIFA 21 on Steam too. It was only a matter of time until Apex joined the lineup.

However, the Apex release is now on its way, after it was initially expected to drop on Steam at the same time as Apex’s launch on Nintendo Switch, as well as the introduction of cross-play.

EA Play on Steam
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EA’s subscription service, EA Play, is now available through Steam.

When is Apex Legends coming to Steam?

After plenty of leaks and rumors about the big release, Respawn finally confirmed on October 23  that Apex Legends is coming to Steam on November 4, along with the release of Season 7.

“Apex Legends is officially coming to Steam when Season 7 launches on November 4, 2020,” they revealed in a blog post.

EA first teased a partnership with Steam on October 25, when they tweeted out a video of an EA-emblazoned mug with steam coming out of the top of it.

This doesn’t mean that EA games will no longer be available on Origin, instead they will also be available on Steam with players able to play with friends on either launcher.

EA/Apex LegendsPlayers on all platforms will be able to with and against each other in Apex Legends.

Exclusive Steam cosmetics for Apex Legends

As a reward for players coming to Apex Legends on Steam, three exclusive weapon charms will be available. The charms themselves are related to Valve games Portal and Half-Life.

Three steam weapon charms for Apex Legends
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The charms all have some inspiration from Valve games.

Apex Legends on mobile?

EA previously confirmed that they were working on a mobile version of Apex legends, but have gone quiet since. The Nintendo Switch release has now also been delayed until a later date.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” Respawn revealed, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

Apex Legends Cross-play

Cross-platform play was confirmed during EA Play in June, and was expected to release at the same time as the Steam and Nintendo Switch versions, “when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play.”

It was also confirmed, in the October 23 announcement, that PC players on Origin can switch to Steam and keep their account progress on the other launcher.

“If you’ve previously been playing on Origin, feel free to give it a spin on Steam,” Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier added, “all your account progression and unlocks will carry over between the two platforms. ”

EA stopped selling new games through Steam several years ago, instead choosing to run games through their own platform, Origin. This return allows them to reach a wider player-base.

Apex Legends has been a resounding success for EA. It reached 50 million players worldwide in just 28 days, challenging Epic Games’ global phenomenon Fortnite.