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Apex Legends devs want to bring back Skull Town in a new way

Published: 23/Sep/2020 22:40 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 23:08

by Alan Bernal

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Skull Town isn’t completely dead yet as the Respawn Entertainment devs have indicated their ambitions to one day reintroduce the POI in a new way to Apex Legends.

Respawn design director on Apex, Jason McCord, told Gamasutra that he’s thinking of ways to reintroduce the location in a “more healthy” state that would benefit the overall game. For longtime Apex faithfuls, dropping into Skull Town was the default ‘shoot now, ask later’ tactic where action would spring up at a moment’s notice.

But players had to see their favorite location in the Arena disappear before their eyes at the start of Season 5 when the events of the story sank the town, along with Thunderdome, in lieu of the Broken Coast.

Though we’ve seen Skull Town come back in some capacity since then, such as the Kings Canyon After Dark LTM during the Grand Soiree in September, players have been clamoring for a more meaningful comeback.

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Respawn sank Skull Town at the start of Season 5.

Thankfully McCord gave everyone the lifeline they’ve been hoping for when talking about Skull Town and its reception from the larger Apex community.

“What I take away from the whole experience is that Skull Town feels like, to some people, their favorite deathmatch map in one of their favorite games,” McCord said. “I want to think about ways to allow people to experience the location again, in a way that is more healthy for the game overall.”

To temper expectations, McCord did say that he has “no idea what that means” in terms of actually bringing Skull Town back, but he’ll “be thinking on it” as Apex’s development continues.

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It’s not clear how Skull Town will come back, but some of the Respawn devs want a return in the future.

The Respawn dev noted how Skull Town’s popularity was a double-edged sword seeing as it was “hindering creativity” when thinking of Season 5 changes.

“When discussing how we want to update Kings Canyon in Season 5,” McCord explained. “Anything we could think of felt overshadowed by Skull Town. It’s such a popular drop – would anyone even care if we added all these other locations?”

It’s still unclear how the POI will ever come back to Apex if not in an LTM, but at least McCord still has the beloved location in his mind for a future season.

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Apex Legends leaker claims Heirloom weapon skins are coming

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:50

by Daniel Cleary

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An Apex Legends leaker has claimed that Respawn are planning to add a new tier of weapons skins for guns, at the same rarity as Heirlooms.

There is plenty of choice for players when it comes to customizing their favorite Apex Legends characters or weapons, and Respawn are always releasing new cosmetic items to keep the game fresh.

The cosmetics for characters and weapons are divided into classes, based on how rare they can be to find, and new leaks are suggesting that some more ultra-rare items could be coming.

Mirage's Heirloom pack in Apex Legends
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Gun weapon skins could be the next Heirlooms added to Apex Legends.

Heirloom weapon skins?

The Heirloom melee weapons for certain characters are the rarest items that can be unlocked in Apex Legends and, typically, there is only one of them released for a single Legend, each season.

However, while melee weapons are the only type of Heirloom cosmetics currently available, Apex leaker “SomeoneWhoLeaks” has revealed that ranged Heirloom skins for the different guns in-game might be next.

The leaker revealed that the rumor apparently stemmed from an investor inside EA before reminding Apex Legends fans that it has still yet to be confirmed by Respawn.

“Rumor has it that heirloom weapon skins are coming,” they explained, “this comes from some investors in EA, so take it with a grain of salt.”

The Apex leaker added that these would simply be released as ranged weapon skins but was unsure if they would be released through Heirloom Shards, similarly to the melee weapons that have already been released.

They also revealed that the timeline for when these potential Heirloom skins are coming is still unclear, which makes it unlikely that we will see them for the start of Season 7 on November 4.

While little has been revealed about these ultra-rare weapon skins, it is worth noting that nothing is set in stone and we won’t know for sure until Respawn officially release the rumored cosmetics.

SomeoneWhoLeaks has previously leaked Bangalore’s weapon heirloom, although we’re still to see this arrive in-game.