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Apex Legends devs already considering reworks for Octane and Lifeline

Published: 23/May/2020 17:05

by Connor Bennett

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Respawn Entertainment have revealed that they’re eyeing up potential reworks for Octane and Lifeline now that Mirage has been buffed following the launch of Apex Legends Season 5.

The one thing that sets Apex Legends apart from its fellow battle royale titles is that players use different ‘Legends’ that each have their own unique abilities. You can spy with Crypto, disappear with Wraith, or trip people up with Wattson – there are a ton of possibilities.

Fans, obviously, have their favorite characters that they use, but that doesn’t stop them from wishing that their main legend had a bit more going for it. Players will regularly put forward their own ideas for buffs – be it a complete ability rework or slight tweak – and Respawn does take notice of their calls.

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Lifeline has been a part of Apex Legends since the start.

The developers recently gave Mirage a long-awaited rework after months and months of requests. Now, a large part of the community has switched its focus to seeing changes for both Octane and Lifeline – and Respawn are exploring the possibility of making it a reality. 

Apex Legends game director Chad Greiner told Gamespot that the success of the Mirage rework has made them assess things. “Now that Mirage is sort of off the table and on the bottom for feedback, we’re hearing comments about Octane and about Lifeline.”

“I don’t think there’s anything substantial right now but there are definitely some options that you can look forward to and things that we’re looking into,” he said, adding that the developers are “trying things.”

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Fans have wanted changes to Octane since he was added to Apex Legends.

However, just when Octane and Lifeline mains can expect to see a change is a different story. Grenier noted in his interview that the Mirage rework was “tricky” and that the developers do have data that shows them which legends are severely underpowered. 

At first, they were unsure if players would be happy with a Legend receiving a whole new set of abilities, rather than just small buffs and nerfs. But, since feedback to the Mirage changes has been so positive, Lifeline and Octane could be next.

Pineda previously said on Twitter that Lifeline is still a top tier character, but “everyone wants her to be unique and I agree she’s lost some of her shine due to the other Legend buffs.”

Just when these changes come could into the fold, though, remains to be seen as the developers are seemingly just in the beginning stages of figuring things out for the two characters.

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Apex Legends hidden message reveals Mirage is related to Titanfall 2 characters

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:53

by Julian Young

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A secret lore drop found on the Mirage Voyage – brought back by Respawn in the lead-up to Season 8 – has revealed a close connection between the Holographic Trickster and two characters from Titanfall 2.

In a surprise move on January 15, Respawn threw the original Apex Legends’ map – Kings Canyon – back into the rotation for the first time in Season 7. This version of Kings Canyon features the Mirage Voyage airship, hovering over the remains of Skulltown.

While pro players and content creators largely criticized Kings Canyon in Season 6 – leading to its absence from the rotation in Season 7 – the announcement was met with support from the community, including praise for bringing the Mirage Voyage to Kings Canyon for the first time.

The airship is not the only new addition in Kings Canyon. A hidden voice message on a phone revealed a connection between the game’s loveable jokester Mirage and two characters from Respawn’s previous franchise: Titanfall 2.

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A hidden voice message has revealed that Mirage is the nephew of two Titanfall 2 characters: Davis and Droz.

The message from Evelyn Witt – Mirage’s mother – begins with an imitation of Kuben Blisk (another Titanfall 2 character with ties to Apex Legends), then switches to a more personal tone. Evelyn covers a range of topics, including her on-going struggle with what appears to be dementia.

Halfway through the message, she drops a bombshell when mentioning two of Mirage’s uncles, Droz and Davis. Titanfall 2 fans will already be familiar with those characters: both were members of ‘The 6-4’ mercenary group and helped Jack Cooper defeat Titanfall 2’s antagonists, the IMC.

Evelyn also says that her brothers would “always make me laugh, like Elliot.” Fans of Droz and Davis will certainly remember their funny banter during Titanfall 2’s mission ‘The Ark’, and it appears the two mercs passed their sense of humor down to their nephew Elliot.

Some Apex Legends players have already gone back and found other connections between the pair and Mirage. In a short clip posted to Reddit by ‘u/R0NiR’, Davis and Droz can be seen taking a selfie during a Titanfall 2 scene, something Mirage fans will be very familiar with seeing.

Mirage’s Uncles Droz and Davis ! They are from Titanfall 2 ! Now We Know Where His Sense Of Humor Comes From 😀 from apexlegends

This is far from the first tangible connection between Apex Legends and Titanfall 2, which share the same in-game universe. Previous hints from Respawn include a Jack Cooper crossover, Bloodhound concept art, and appearances from Titanfall 2 characters like the simulacrum Ash.

Respawn has previously shut down rumors regarding the development of a Titanfall 3, to the disappointment of many fans. Despite no confirmed plans for a new Titanfall installment, the Apex Legends developer continues to tease fans with new tie-ins between the two franchises.