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Apex Legends devs admit adding Titans is “against the rules” for now

Published: 4/Jun/2020 8:51

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends won’t be getting Titanfall 2’s lumbering war machines in Season 5, or any time soon, Respawn game director Chad Grenier has confirmed. In fact, he admitted adding Titans is “against the rules” for the battle royale developers.

Titans ⁠— and their absence in Kings Canyon ⁠— have been a hot topic surrounding Respawn’s battle royale since it first debuted in early 2019. Apex was born out of the Titanfall 3 development cycle. The iconic war machines were only hooked from the title fairly late in the process as Respawn pivoted to the title we see today.

With much of the cult Titanfall fanbase following Respawn to their next FPS game, it makes sense fans are eager to see major elements from the series added. Apex is, after all, set in the same universe ⁠— it makes sense we’d see Titans eventually.

Unfortunately, it looks like that may still remain just a pipe dream. Despite the fact the whole dev team would “love” to find a way to add Titans to the game, it’s “against the rules” when it comes to the game’s development, Grenier has revealed.

The issue, Respawn’s game director said in an interview with vg247, is there are only two choices when it comes to adding Titans: make them so powerful they take over the game, or have them “lose their fun” in a weakened state.

Titans played a huge role in Respawn's original Titanfall series but being shunted from the Apex Legends battle royale.
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Titans played a huge role in Respawn’s original Titanfall franchise before being punted from the Apex Legends battle royale.

“We all love Titans, just from a fantasy-fulfilment perspective. It’s always been a huge challenge to balance them in a game that has pilots and Titans,” Grenier admitted. He added Respawn would likely never add the machines to Apex.

“We actually had a version of Apex early on that had Titans. It had pilots with wall-running, and all that in there. We faced the same challenges we tried to solve with Titanfall too,” the Respawn development guru continued.

“How do you design a map that supports both big and small? Can you balance a game where you have Titans and squishy pilots in the same game together? How do you have a competitive, predictable game?”

Apex Legends is more focused on character-vs-character combat than Titanfall ever was.
Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends is more focused on character-vs-character combat than Titanfall ever was.

That’s not to say Grenier didn’t completely pen a huge red line through the Titans. They may eventually arrive in Apex in a form outside of the “destructive machines” from the Titanfall series. It might just not be “soon.”

“Once we did some playtests slowing the game down a bit by taking out wall-running, taking out Titans, we all realized that we had a much more competitive, fun game that you could invest a lot of time in and get really good at.”

“We love Titans. They’re in the universe, the Apex arena is in the Outlands, separate from Titans,” the Apex game director continued. “They’re just against the rules at this point in time. It’s an interesting thing to think about, but with those thoughts come flashbacks to all the Titanfall challenges too.”

It may be a long time before we see Titans in Apex Legends in a playable capacity.
Respawn Entertainment
It may be a long time before we see Titans in Apex Legends in a playable capacity.

This stance all lines up with now-departed Respawn producer Drew McCoy’s comment on Titans when the game was first released too: “For now, Titans are just not a thing [in Apex]. We are no longer considering it”. It looks like, behind the scenes, nothing has changed on that front in the past year either.

The closest players might come to experiencing a rampaging Titan across Kings Canyon in Season 5 could come in the newly-leaked player vs environment (PvE) event ⁠— discovered by returning data miner That1MiningGuy ⁠— that could see Titans, Spectres, Stalkers, Frag Drones, and more debut in the battle royale.

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Apex Legends Horizon actor reveals bizarre way she helped make Season 7

Published: 25/Nov/2020 14:48

by Jacob Hale

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The voice actor behind Apex Legends’ newest character, Horizon, has revealed the bizarre conditions in which she provided the voice, and it’s crazy to see where our favorite Scot came from.

Horizon was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 7, bringing a new set of abilities to the game, alongside new map Olympus.

The Gravitational Manipulator has been an instant hit with fans, so much so that we actually ranked her as one of the best legends in the game in our Season 7 tier list, behind only Wraith, Gibraltar and Bloodhound.

So, for such a fantastic character, Apex fans might expect a large-budget, Hollywood-esque production to get her voice lines and general character perfect… but that wasn’t the case.

Horizon Apex Legends Season 7
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Horizon has been an instant hit in Apex Legends.

Season 7 launched on November 4, 2020, and after letting the dust settle a bit, Horizon voice actor Elle Newlands shared a brilliant video from when she was recording for the character.

Clearly excited, this is about as 2020 as it gets, as Newlands was confined to a tiny closet to get her work done.

“I had to capture this for posterity,” she started excitedly. “I just stepped out of my closet, it’s July 17, I’m in Los Angeles in a 2-foot by 3-foot closet where I have my little recording booth, and I just recorded facial recognition and voiceover for Season 7 of Apex Legends, and I’m the voice of Horizon… Aah!”

Clarifying that it was for the Season 7 trailer, Elle said she is “so excited” to be in the game, calling the fact that she’s doing it all from home “amazing.”

It goes without saying that it is amazing what Elle and the wider Respawn crew have managed to pull off, in her own words, to “keep the entertainment flowing” despite all the issues the world has been facing in 2020.

If this can be done in a 2x3ft closet in someone’s home, we can’t imagine the possibilities for characters in the future of Apex.