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Apex Legends dev responds to bug making Gibraltar’s weapons fail

Published: 12/Feb/2020 18:08

by Calum Patterson

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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.

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Gibraltar is now one of the most powerful legends – but still has a peculiar bug.

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.

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.

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.

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young

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The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.