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Apex Legends devs respond to “game-breaking” crossmap bug with Ziplines

Published: 1/Oct/2020 23:37

by Alan Bernal


A couple of Respawn developers were taken aback after seeing a strange Pathfinder bug with his Zipline Gun that extended the ultimate across a sizable portion of the map – and one of them even called it “game-breaking,” so don’t expect it to be in there for long.

The Zipline gun is meant to give people a huge rotation out of a sticky situation or to get vertical in an instant, but Respawn definitely developed it with a set distance in mind.

However, there’s a bit of trickery players can use with the balloons scattered throughout the Apex Arena, which can sometimes give you an extra chunk of distance with Pathy’s Zipline.

In a clip from user ‘EpicMrShank’ called ‘longest Pathfinder zip ever,’ you can see them trying to line up a shot at a nearby jump tower’s balloon.

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Some people have been getting more use out of Pathfinder’s Zipline.

While the experiment was meant to get them to the balloon, the Zipline shot simply kept going past its target. The visual shows that it actually did hit the balloon, but EpicMrShank nor their team could actually get on it.

A few moments later, they were finally able to use the Zipline, but not until it went much further than its intended mark.

According to the player and their team, the bug let them tether the ultimate to an object some-230m away, which resulted in one of the longest Zipline rides the game has seen.

It seems that quite a few players found this to be incredibly amusing. Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein and Apex Security analyst Conor ‘Hideouts’ Ford were equally impressed, but the former might look to address this glitch sooner rather than later.

Longest pathfinder zip EVER from apexlegends

“Excuse me, what?” Hideouts said. In jest, Klein asked people to “please stop breaking the game, (since he has) so many bugs on (him).”

Klein also hinted that the “6.1 patch notes on the horizon” might take care of the issue, after one player jokingly suggested that could be a ‘new Pathy buff’ if Respawn wanted.

It’s a bit tricky for people to recreate the Zipline bug, but even if you do, it might not be around long enough to properly implement in your Apex Legends games.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.