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Apex Legends devs respond to broken Knockdown Shields in Season 6

Published: 5/Sep/2020 12:43 Updated: 5/Sep/2020 17:07

by Andy Williams

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Respawn have confirmed that there’s a fix in the works for the bug which rendered Apex Legends’ Knockdown Shields “useless” following a recent Season 6 patch.

Knockdon Shields are often the difference between life and death in Apex Legends. That is, if they’re actually working. Following the August 20 patch, the majority of Knockdown Shields have been rendered useless.

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The top and tail of the issue is that none of the Knockdown Shields are deflecting incoming projectiles, which, in turn, leaves the user exposed after being downed.

The only Shield that still holds some use is the gold variant, since this can still be used to self-revive from a downed position. But fundamentally, the Shields have been broken since the aforementioned patch went live.

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Gold Knockdown Shield in Apex Legends
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Gold Knockdown Shields are about the viable option at the moment.

Respawn confirm fix for Knockdown Shields

Of course, players have been incredibly frustrated at the prospect of being shot through their Knockdown Shields — and it appears that Respawn have a fix in the pipeline, albeit two weeks after the bug appeared in-game.

One of the developers recently updated their Trello board to reflect the fact that they’re “investigating” the ongoing bug.

While this doesn’t provide players with a definitive timeline on when the bug will be fixed, it does mean that the hotfix will likely be shipped out in due course.

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Trello card on the Apex Legends board.
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The Knockdown Shield bug joins a long list of bugs marked as down as “investigating.”

Unless Respawn ships out an individual hotfix just for the Knockdown Shield bug, it is likely that the issue will be resolved as part of the upcoming Aftermarket Collection Event.

Per a recent leak, the Collection Event is scheduled to go live on September 15/16 (depending on your region). If this is the case, players will have to sit tight for another 10 days until the notorious Knockdown Shield bug is rectified.

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Apex Legends will “address” Kings Canyon as pros want it removed

Published: 18/Oct/2020 18:28 Updated: 18/Oct/2020 18:34

by Calum Patterson

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As complaints mount up about the viability of Kings Canyon as a competitive map in Apex Legends, Respawn are looking to “address” the issue, as the game now looks forward to its seventh season.

Kings Canyon is the original map in Apex Legends, though it was replaced totally in Season 3 by World’s Edge. Thanks to high demand, KC was brought back in Season 4, but on a rotation, meaning for set periods, each map will be available.

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To avoid splitting the player base however, it’s not possible to simply select which map you want to play on; everyone either plays World’s Edge, or plays Kings Canyon.

For the casual modes, this has generally worked well. World’s Edge is arguably a better map in terms of loot and balance, but players love the original map and its iconic locations too.

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Skulltown in Apex Legends
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Kings Canyon’s most famous landing spot, Skulltown, is a big miss still.

However, for more competitive players, who spend the majority of their time in the Ranked playlist, there is a different feeling. Due to the balancing and loot issues, most competitive players much prefer playing on World’s Edge.

So much so that they have repeatedly asked to have Kings Canyon totally removed from the Ranked rotations going forward.

Streamer NiceWigg summed up the community’s feeling on Twitter, arguing: “Kings Canyon needs to be removed from Apex legends ranked and competitive. As a community we have outgrown the map in skill level and it’s no longer a good map to play on.”

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There was some debate about this point of view, but among ranked players exclusively, there does appear to be a general consensus on the issue.

Respawn will address Kings Canyon “problem”

Responding to a thread from streamer and pro player Diegosaurs, referring to becoming more “tilted” while playing Apex, producer Josh Medina said that “if the problem is KC we hear y’all loud and clear and it’ll be addressed.”

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Respawn producer says they will “address” the Kings Canyon issue, how exactly is unclear.

We don’t know what exactly that will entail at this point. The obvious answer would be to totally remove it from ranked rotation altogether.

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However, although this is exactly what some are asking for, it might still be an extreme measure. It’s possible that more map changes are planned for Kings Canyon in Season 7, possibly with a view to making it more viable competitively.

An improved loot pool, POI changes and more could make a significant change to the way the map plays, and ensure variety is kept, rather than just one map.

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The other alternative, is that a new map will release in the next season, as has been rumored for some time. The rumors and leaks point to “Olympus” being the new map, so perhaps it will just replace Kings Canyon totally in Ranked, while ensuring there’s still two maps in play for variety. However, these leaks also suggested we might get the new map in Season 6, and we know how that turned out.