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Apex Legends dev explains why Octane hasn’t received movement buff

Published: 12/Jun/2020 13:04 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 13:07

by Jacob Hale

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An Apex Legends developer has explained why Octane hasn’t yet received a movement buff despite plenty of requests from players.

Octane was added to Apex Legends in Season 1, and with the launch of Season 5 he is falling towards being one of the lowest-picked Legends in the game, and many fans believe a movement buff could be a fix to this.

Octane is a high-speed character, as his name would suggest, and his Launch Pad allows him to fly into the thick of things, or get away when the going gets tough – but some believe he needs to be more mobile.

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Octane mains don’t think the Legend is as mobile as he should be.

Of course, when a character is called Octane and marketed as a high-speed Legend, you expect gameplay to be as frenetic as it can get, but that simply isn’t the case, instead basically matching the speed of other Legends.

While this isn’t necessarily an issue, some players have become aggravated with how his movement really isn’t as manic as they might have expected. This, clearly, is something the developers are aware of, as one has responded to a fan asking whether a buff is likely.

“Would you agree that Octane’s movement needs a buff?” one player asked Jason McCord, Respawn Entertainment’s design director. “I always thought he should have movement capabilities not unsimilar to a pilot.”

Jason responded honestly, saying that they “struggle with making Legends too fast,” adding that it “really destroys understandable combat when someone can flank and reposition too fast.”

McCord adds that they know Octane is the “speed guy” so it’s tough to make the right decision when it comes to his movement.

While this may seem bleak for Octane mains, it at least shows that his movement has been a discussion among the Apex devs and the rumored reworks for himself and Lifeline might not be too far away.

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Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020: Start date, skins, Winter Express LTM

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:47 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:48

by Calum Patterson

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It’s almost that time of year again, and Apex Legends’ second holiday season is about to get into full swing. Holo-Day Bash is set to return for 2020, with all new skins, and a rerun of the Winter Express LTM.

To keep up with the yearly festivities, the first event of Apex Legends Season 7 will be holiday-themed – this we know thanks to some badges that have already confirmed the 2020 Holo-day bash ahead of an official announcement from Respawn.

The exact same thing happened with this year’s Fight or Fright event, for Halloween, which was also revealed early due to in-game badges that couldn’t be unlocked yet.

So, if you’re wondering when Holo-day Bash 2020 starts and ends, what kind of cosmetics will be available, and what mode to expect, here’s everything we know so far.

When is Holo-Day Bash 2020 in Apex Legends?

The Holo-Day bash will start on December 1, and run through until January 4.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 update time

The update is expected to go live at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT. There’s no patch to come with it, so there won’t be any big downloads to worry about.

Holo-day bash 2020 badges
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Badges for Holo-Day Bash 2020 are already visible in Apex Legends.

Unlike last year though, this is not a Collection event. Instead, like Fight or Fright, Holo-Day Bash 2020 is just a Themed event. That means there won’t be a new Heirloom to unlock, whereas last year,  Pathfinder’s boxing gloves could be unlocked by completing the collection.

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020 trailer

On November 24, Respawn Entertainment revealed a brand new trailer for the event.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 skins

Just because it’s not a collection event though, doesn’t mean there won’t be new skins and cosmetics to get your hands on. The trailer showed off nine in total, from what we could see.

These skins will be available in bundles in the Item Shop from December 1, seen below.

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There’s also an event prize tracker, which you will be able to complete through challenges.

Winter Express LTM

Speaking of challenges, you’ll want to complete these in the “new-and-improved” Winter Express LTM.

Winter Express LTM 2020
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Winter Express will return in the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

For those who didn’t play last year, Winter Express takes place on World’s Edge, with Mirage as the game announcer. The objective is to win control of the train over three rounds. And there’s no loot – instead, Legends are given preset loadouts.

On the event, they said in a blog post: “This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.

“This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.”

Respawn Hover Tanks

In the trailer, new Respawn Hover Tanks could also be seen, seen below.

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New Hover Tanks will be added in the seasonal event.

These will follow along with the train, and your team will respawn and jump from these back down into the action at the start of each round – unless you won the previous round, in which case, you’ll start on the train.