Gibraltar may be one of the best characters to use in Apex Legends Season 4, but a major bug is leaving him completely useless in certain situations. Thankfully, the developers have given a response and a fix should be forthcoming.
Starting out life in Apex as a rather underused legend, a series of buffs over the seasons have made Gibraltar one of the most useful choices in any team of three.
Some have even suggested he is now overbalanced, making him too powerful – streamer Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek even suggested that Gibraltar was now "broken." Unfortunately, an unintended bug could play spoiler to Gibby's newfound success.
Shared by competitive player EDIMKA, the video appears to show Gibraltar unable to damage an opponent after the first shot, due to a glitch with his shield.
According to the player, if a shot is fired at the same time that Gibraltar's shield is activated, the bullets simply disappear into thin air. It shouldn't affect you if you're shooting just before or after the shield is up, but at the crucial moment, the weapon appears to fire blanks.
— EDIMKA 🇷🇺 (@EDIMKAfps) February 5, 2020
The shield is one of Gibraltar's most powerful assets, allowing him to protect his large frame from incoming fire while returning fire behind improvised cover.
For more casual players, this bug might not be too intrusive, but in a ranked or professional match, it could be the difference between survival, particularly when used with weapons like those in the video: Peacekeeper and Wingman.
Respawn is on the case
The bug has been plaguing Gibby for over a week at the time of writing, as there was a delay in action being taken. Thankfully, Respawn dev Eric Hewitt has confirmed that it will be passed on to the appropriate team.
ah, yeah, the character designer that I originally showed this to was too busy with other work to get on this. I have to speak with a different one this week about it. Definitely haven’t forgotten!
— Eric Hewitt / Ghost (@GH057ayame) February 12, 2020
When this fix will be sorted and delivered though, is another question. We're expecting the next update for Apex Legends soon, but there's no set date currently.
As with any new update, there's always bound to be new errors in the code which can cause new issues. The Season 4 patch made sweeping changes to Apex Legends, as well as adding new content.
All of these changes can create new vulnerabilities in the code which the developers will need to address. A hotfix may be all that's required, although developers will often pack lots of small fixes into one larger update.