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Apex Legends’ Forge comes to life with incredible ‘in-game’ model idea

Published: 16/Jul/2020 21:47 Updated: 16/Jul/2020 22:18

by Alan Bernal

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Last word from Respawn indicated that Forge is definitely not coming to Apex Legends, but one artist decided to build up the character so that fans could at least get a look at an ‘in-game’ model.

There is a sizable, sentimental part of the Apex community who would like to see Forge make his way into the Arena somehow. But after his demise at the hands of Revenant, Respawn Design Director Jason McCord said that he was “super dead” and an appearance one day isn’t in the cards.

This means that the best official look we’ll get of the Five-Time Hyper-Fighting Federation Champion is the few artist captures we have, along with the ‘Up Close and Personal’ Stories from the Outlands trailer.

But for people dying to see how Forge could have turned out in the game, Daniel ‘SleepyDaew’ Hiew made their own design for the late-Legend that even turned the heads of a few Respawn artists.

Forge never looked so ready for the Apex Games.

The translation from 2D to 3D is immaculate. With all of the regalia from Forge’s time as an MMA master to his unique left metal-arm; this looks like someone who would take over priority picks for Apex squads.

We know that he was a larger-than-life character, and Respawn has a classification for those types of people in their game called ‘Fortified.’

So while we don’t have another 3D asset to compare how he would tower over other Legends, from simply the design aspect, this man is an absolute unit.

The precision of the recreation is astounding, and it even through off a few devs like Respawn character artists like Jobye-Kyle Karmaker, Jeremy Jodoin, Patrick Yeung and more.

“Yo this was shared on our Respawn chat and I thought it was our own character asset! This looks really good,” Yeung said of the render.

Going by what the devs said, if there ever was a good, public image of how Forge would have looked like in Apex, this would be it.

Forge fans have been wanting a bit more closure for a character that showed a ton of promise, and this design goes a long way to showing us how he’d have been presented in Apex Legends.

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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

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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.