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Apex Legends dev explains how they balance weapons and meta

Published: 18/Apr/2020 17:19

by Connor Bennett

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Respawn developer Brent ‘Scriptacus’ McLeod has explained how the Apex Legends team tries to keep weapons balanced, the meta fresh, and not let lower-skilled players fall to the wayside in matches. 

Like many of its battle royale competitors, Apex Legends is constantly being updated and filled with new content by Respawn Entertainment in order to keep fans engaged as well as freshening up the game. 

The bigger changes that fans can usually find are new challenges, new cosmetics, and sometimes new weapons – though weapon balancing is a major part of every update. The developers react to what the community is saying about a particular weapon and then decides to either buff or nerf it. 

Respawn Entertainment.The Charge Rifle was dubbed to be the most overpowered weapon in the game before balancing.

McLeod, lead game designer on Apex Legends, gave fans a deep and insightful look into that process during conversations on the Apex Legends subreddit – revealing how the devs try to keep things fresh as well as fair for all skill levels. 

He noted that many players will watch those that are pretty talented and constantly playing in order to get cues on what weapons, items, and characters to use. This usually means that things can get stale with only a few weapons and characters being used in higher skill matches – though the devs do try and prevent that. 

“We do try to move the meta around each season with different hop-ups and various balance tweaks of course,” he said. “It’s difficult to push on skills too much, especially when a high skill ceiling is involved.” The dev pointed to the Charge Rifle being an example of how when a player got how to use it, it became incredibly powerful even if others hadn’t perfected it. 

Aside from that particular example, he also noted how the changes have to fit all skill levels. “If it’s significant enough to move the needle and get lower skill players using it, it’ll be an absolute terror in the hands of a skilled pro,” he added. 

The developer also explained that while fans of Apex would probably like to see a more predictable set of recoil patterns, the team is unlikely to remove any and all randomness from weapon recoil because it is a part of a shooter game after all.

If you’re looking to become a master of the recoil patterns in Apex, look no further than our spray pattern guide.

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Apex Legends Season 7 start date moved forward one week

Published: 21/Oct/2020 22:40 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 23:55

by Tanner Pierce

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After an initial leak and then a change with the Season 6 Battle Pass, it appears that the start date for Apex Legends’ Season 7 start date has been moved up by a week.

Although not officially announced yet by Respawn Entertainment, all indications seem to be pointing to Season 7 kicking off a week earlier than had been originally scheduled.

According to the in-game Battle Pass menu, S7 was initially set to start on November 10, which made sense given the length of a standard Apex Legends season. Now, prominent data-miner ‘Shrugtal’ leaked updated game code that showed the date being changed to November 4.

Following Shrugtal’s tweet, Apex’s Battle Pass menu was adjusted to show that, as of October 21, there were only 14 days left remaining in S6, rather than the 21 that had been displayed earlier the same day.

This all but confirms the date change, which Respawn have not yet explained, although it could be because S6 had been delayed by a week, so this could be the devs wanting to keep subsequent seasons right on schedule rather than all of them also starting a week later.

While this change fixes that issue and also means Apex fans will be able to access Season 7’s content a week earlier, at the same time, they’ll have a week less than originally anticipated to experience everything that Season 6 has to offer.

It makes more sense now that the annual Fight or Fright Halloween-themed event, which starts October 22, is wrapping up on November 3, just in time for the new season to launch.

This change also helps to explain why Respawn have been so teaser-happy recently, putting out voice recordings almost on a daily basis hinting at what’s coming to their prized battle royale in its seventh chapter.

While we don’t know what these recordings mean just yet, since they all seem to be pieces of a larger puzzle, there’s no doubt that the Apex community is getting excited again over that familiarly awesome feeling of new content on the way.

S7 is set to introduce a brand new legend named Horizon and is also expected to add a new machine gun called Predator, although the latter has yet to be confirmed. Of course, players will also have a new battle pass full of content to jump into.

For more information, leaks, and what else to expect, make sure to check out our Apex Legends Season 7 hub here.

This article was written with contributions from Albert Petrosyan.