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Apex Legends dev explains how characters and weapons become overpowered

Published: 15/Jun/2020 14:41

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends dev Jason McCord has explained how characters and weapons end up being overpowered in-game once a new update drops or new season releases.

Anytime Apex Legends gets an update and a previously underused weapon or character starts to become a bit more popular, players can often be found complaining about them being overpowered. 

Whether those complaints are valid or not, Respawn will usually take the feedback on board and make changes if the situation demands it – take the Charge Rifle from season four as an example. Jason McCord, Design Director at Respawn Entertainment, has now offered up an answer for why things can get a little out of whack. 

Loba was introduced to Apex in season five but hasn’t quite become overpowered yet.

Responding to a fan who was asking questions about what goes into the thought process behind the changes, McCord noted that because Apex needs to be kept fresh, things are going to change for better or worse. 

“A live game needs to push power around to make each season feel different. Ideally, all Legends are balanced but that’s very hard while still keeping them interesting,” McCord tweeted. 

The design director followed up with an answer for why weapons can also feel a bit unbalanced at times, saying that they “are not made to be balanced equally” in the first place. 

“That doesn’t mean some don’t get overpowered when we try to push power around to change the meta,” McCord added, noting that the Apex team “appreciate” the feedback from fans as it does help with their decision making. 

In recent weeks, the devs have alluded to changes coming to legends like Crypto and Lifeline, noting that they test things quite a bit before they go live. Obviously, fans can change things if they deem it to be overpowered or even underrated.

As Apex Legends season five continues to progress, we’ll just have to wait and see as to what the Respawn team does about the calls for changes from the community.

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Smart Apex Legends trick gives Horizon OP movement speed

Published: 17/Nov/2020 11:47

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends players have got an interesting use for Horizon’s Gravity Lift tactical ability that could help her become a pain to deal with in tight spaces.

After all the rumors and speculation about Valk, Horizon joined the Apex Legends party with the start of Season 7, giving players the chance to tweak their playstyle thanks to her abilities. 

Her ultimate, the Black Hole is the star of the show as it gives Horizon and her teammates the chance to suck enemies towards them with a mini black hole, resulting in free damage and kills as the enemies struggle to crawl away from it. 

As for Horizon’s tactical, the Gravity Lift, it might bear a resemblance to Octane’s launch pad – given that you can use it to jump to higher spots. However, it might be more powerful if you need to outplay an enemy while in a tight space.

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Season 7 also introduced Horizon to the roster of Legends in the game.

As Reddit user loseryeet shows, instead of using the Gravity Lift to propel yourself to another spot, it’s actually better to use the air strafe speed boost that you get from it to outplay an opponent. 

If you toss the Gravity Lift down under, say one of the floating homes at Estates or Gardens, you can simply use the floor above you to control your movement instead of blasting off into the sky. 

It might be a quite situational tip, given that you’d need to be in a part of the map where your head can pretty much hit a roof of a floor, but the speed boost you get – as seen in loseryeet’s video – is pretty great and can leave your opponents bamboozled. 

Quite niche, but trap yourself under a building with horizons tactical for insane strafe speeds from apexuniversity

As situational as it is, you will still need to have some solid movement skills in your back pocket, otherwise, you’ll go flying off to one side and give your enemy a chance to win the gunfight. 

If you manage to master the situational tip, you’ll definitely get a leg up on some foes, plus, you’ll be able to look out for it if someone tries to use it against you.