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Apex Legends developers explain why they removed Extended Energy Mags

Published: 15/Jan/2020 17:51

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment, developers of Apex Legends, made a number of balancing changes in the Grand Soirée Arcade Event update. But, one change in particular may surprise frequent players, so the devs have provided an explanation.

This change was of course, the removal of extended energy magazines — which bumped up the ammo count of guns like the Devotion, Havoc and Triple Take.

By default, these weapons only have 36, 24 and 5 rounds in their magazine, respectively. The extended energy mags were added to the game mid-way through 2019 to give these weapons somewhat of a buff.

Apex Legends player looking at Extended Energy Mags
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Extended Energy mags were added to Apex Legends back in June 2019.

But, in a surprise move, Respawn removed the attachment in the Grand Soirée Arcade update, and adjusted the base mag size of the Devotion and Havoc. Their base magazines have been increased to offset the removal of extended mags, to 44 and 32 respectively.

In the patch notes, Respawn acknowledged that it may seem odd to remove them, but that it would make more sense “with the release of Season 4.”

They also explain that they “made a mistake and shipped a change that wasn’t intended to go live until Season 4.”

Apex Legends Grand Soiree Arcade Event patch notes.
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Respawn explain the decision to remove extended energy mags.

Volt SMG coming in Season 4?

Of course, this immediately sparked speculation among fans on Reddit about what this means for Season 4. The most obvious answer is a new energy-based weapon.

The Volt SMG has previously been leaked by data miners, so that is one potential option. However, why Respawn have removed extended energy mags in anticipation for this gun remains unclear.

So far, the R-99 SMG has reigned supreme in Apex Legends. Possibly, Respawn are aiming to shake this meta up with the Volt,but if it’s already very powerful with no attachments, extended mags might push it over the edge into being ‘overpowered’.

Discussion on the Apex Legends subreddit.
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Fans are speculating what it might mean — the Volt SMG confirms.

It must be noted that this is far from confirmed. Currently, we know almost nothing about what will be included in Season 4.

Leakers previously suggested the new Legend would be Rosie or Revenant, but a new model for ‘Forge’ was found in the post-update game files. We know that there will be at least one new character added to the already diverse roster, alongside one new weapon… but exactly what they will be is unknown.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.