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Apex Legends devs respond to backlash over Season 1 battle pass rewards

Published: 19/Mar/2019 13:34 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 13:47

by Calum Patterson


After much anticipation, Respawn Entertainment finally unveiled the battle pass for Apex Legends Season 1: Wild Frontier – but all the hype was washed away for some, as the rewards for ranking up the tiers were considered underwhelming, to say the least.

Released on February 4, Apex Legends was an instant hit, but players quickly became eager for new content to keep the game fresh.

Season 1 was slated for release sometime in March, and after weeks of growing impatience, was finally announced on March 18, with a launch set for March 19.

Respawn EntertainmentThe first set of battle pass rewards in Season 1, tiers 1-5.

After the initial elation subsided, and players investigated the contents of the battle pass, the excitement was quickly soured, with many voicing their disappointment with the “bland” rewards.

Many of the character and weapon skins were admittedly dull, with plenty of browns and dark greens, maybe lacking some of the gold and colorful sheen that was expected.

After the announcement of Season 1, Respawn released a blog post, in which they explained their “philosophy” for the first battle pass as a way of directly addressing some of the complaints.

Respawn EntertainmentThe skins in the battle pass have left players underwhelmed.

“We’ve tried to create a battle pass where first-time spenders can get a strong base of weapon and character cosmetics to fill out their initial collection at a deep discount,” the blog post states.

They also explain why there are not “challenges”, like those that are used in Fortnite to help players rank up their battle pass faster.

“You’ll notice the first version isn’t built around a complex quest system where you need to do a 720 backflip off of Watchtower Artemis and get two Wingman headshots before hitting the ground. While we think there’s really cool design space in quests and challenges for future Battle Passes, we wanted the initial version to allow our players to just play and learn the game.”

Respawn EntertainmentYou get this new Mirage skin at level one of the Season 1 battle pass.

Although some players might appreciate not having to grind out tricky challenges, others are disappointed, as it can also add an extra layer to the gameplay, especially when dealing with the battle royale genre, which, while fun, can also get stale quickly if there isn’t any ‘layering’, like challenges provide.

Perhaps the coolest thing about the Season 1 battle pass though, is that players can earn enough coins by ranking it up to get the Season 2 battle pass for free, assuming it is the same price as Season 1 at 950 Apex coins.

As for the skins and cosmetics themselves, the greys, browns, and greens on show in the first skins which all players get with the battle pass, appears to just be a design choice – but it’s one that has not resonated well with players.

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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


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.

Apex Legends ALGS
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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.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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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.