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Apex Legends dev hints at third-person mode return with future changes

Published: 22/Jan/2020 19:14

by Calum Patterson

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Third-person mode has come and gone in Apex Legends, as the Grand Soirée Arcade keeps moving. But, there’s a chance it could come back, and Respawn has explained some tweaks they will make if so.

Limited-time modes (LTMs) have been rotated for two-day slots throughout the event. Among them are Kings Canyon Night, Gold Rush duos and some kind of mode involving dummies (we’re not quite sure how this one will work yet).

The most anticipated though was probably the Third-Person Mode, which put a completely new spin on the otherwise always first-person battle royale.

Third person mode in apex legends
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Third-person mode was a hit with players – but is it coming back?

In fact, it was new territory for Respawn generally, whose other shooter games, Titanfall and Titanfall 2, have also been exclusively first-person. Much of the team also previously developed Call of Duty games, another first-person shooter.

With Apex Legends though, there is some more creative freedom with the LTMs, and the developers have been making the most of it. Third-person was a hit with fans, who have already been calling for it to be made a permanent option.

Changes coming to 3rd person in Apex Legends

However, it’s not without its issues. Because Apex was only designed with first-person in mind, there are some instances where the mechanics don’t quite work. One example, given by Reddit user u/XtraDmg, is when Pathfinder is crouched, the crosshair for aiming is obstructed by its arm.

Pathfinder in Apex Legends croaching behind green bush
Reddit: u/XtraDmg
The player couldn’t see where they were aiming in third-person mode, due to Pathfinder’s character model.

Acknowledging the problem, and others which have been raised by players, Respawn developer Rayme Vinson gave some insight.

“Yeah, totally fair. If we ever bring [third-person mode] back it’ll have a lot of this jank cleared out first,” he responded on Reddit.

Players were overjoyed to know this popular LTM could potentially come back at all, with some immediately asking for it to be a mainstay. “Please make it a permanent feature, where players can choose their favorite playstyle,” another fan requested.

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It sounds like Respawn have more plans for third-person mode.

This isn’t the only issue that Respawn plan to fix if they bring third-person back though. Another fairly major bug would completely ruin players’ aim, if shooting near Caustic’s gas.

Rayme also confirmed that this too would be fixed, if third-person “comes around again.” Unfortunately, there’s no indication of when that could be, but there’s every chance it makes a comeback in Season 4.

The new season is only a matter of weeks away, set to start on February 4, Apex Legends’ one-year anniversary.

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What’s coming in Apex Legends Season 7? Horizon, Olympus, Trident, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 16:43 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 18:42

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends Season 7 is on the horizon, which means a new Legend, new weapons and even a new map. So, here’s everything we know so far.

Since releasing back in February 2019, Apex Legends has cemented itself as one of the premier battle royale games around. 

Season 7 has been moved up a week, now starting on November 4, cutting your time short to complete the battle pass, if you’re still grinding through it.

The new Legend added to the roster, Horizon, will no doubt be the biggest talking point, but fans are eagerly awaiting the new map, Olympus, the vehicle, Trident, weapons, and more. So, here’s everything we know so far about what Season 7 could have in store. 

Rampart with her minigun in Apex Legends
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Rampart joined the party in Apex Legends Season 6, but the countdown is on to Season 7.

Apex Legends Season 7 legend

Horizon is set to become the new Legend in Season 7, joining the roster after her teasers in the Firing Range and most recently in the Ascension trailer. However, Respawn hasn’t as of yet confirmed her abilities, but the trailer showcased a fantastic peek into her skills which will no doubt be a great way to secure the win against your enemies.

Data miners have, however, provided us with a clear indication of what Horizon’s abilities will be like, one being Gravity Lifts, which we got a teaser of in-game.

Horizon in Apex Legends
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Our first look at Horizon in-game in Apex Legends.

Olympus map in Apex Legends Season 7

Respawn also previously treated fans to a small look at the new map, Olympus, via an Instagram Apex Legends effect. With the release of the Ascension trailer on October 28, however, we get a broader view of this stunning map.

The map is bright and highly saturated, full of pink and red-hued trees, lush grass, and gigantic sprawling architecture that will make for a refreshing change from the already fantastic maps available to players in the past.

Olympus is a city in the sky, but it has changed drastically from how it looked before disaster hit it.

Titanfall 2 multiplayer map Angel City on Psamanthe.
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Apex Legends is moving to Olympus on Psamanthe in Season 7

Apex Legends buffs in Season 7

In the case of Legend changes, the Respawn team regularly tweaks a few things at the start of each season – be it cutting down a cooldown on a certain ability or giving a legend a brand new passive. 

Pathfinder has already been confirmed to be getting a buff in the near future, and it makes sense that this would come in Season 7. 

Respawn have now also confirmed that Mirage and Rampart will be getting buffs in the new Season, though haven’t given any details on what exactly they will be yet.

New vehicle: The Trident

a new vehicle called the trident that looks like a hovercraft is shown in the new ascension trailer
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The Trident, a hovercraft-style vehicle appears throughout the new Ascension trailer

We have also been treated to a new peak at the Trident; a new vehicle that seems to resemble a hovercraft and can take multiple passengers. This is sure to be a fantastic addition to the arsenal of options available to players in how they traverse the map and get that edge over their enemies.

Season 7 introduces clubs

The official Apex Legends website also confirms Clubs are arriving, which as of now are only described as being a way to “find like-minded players, build a community, and rise together.” It will be interesting to see how these Clubs are developed and what it will mean for those that are in them.

Apex on Steam

With the launch of Season 7, Apex Legends will become available for the first time on Steam, with even greater news: player progress will carry over if you were playing on Origin before. Playing on Steam in Season 7 will also give players special Valve-inspired gun charms. This is a fantastic addition for those who like to utilize Steam as their centralized hub for their gaming.

New weapon type: Gadgets

It has also been suggested that a new weapon type – Gadgets – are also set to appear in Apex Legends in the future.

Reliable data miner Shurgtal pointed out that there is in-game code for Gadgets and suggested that they could be things like smoke grenades that are non-combat throwable items. These haven’t appeared in-game during Season 6, and could be ripe for Season 7.

As we approach the new season, we’ll keep this post updated with any claims from reliable lakers or just flat out confirmed changes from Respawn themselves.