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Apex Legends Grand Soirée update completely breaks respawn beacons

Published: 15/Jan/2020 12:35 Updated: 15/Jan/2020 12:42

by Andy Williams

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Apex Legends’ Grand Soirée Arcade Event update brought a ton of changes to weapons and characters, while also breaking a critical component to the Apex Games – respawn beacons. 

With Season 3 winding down, players were looking ahead to what Respawn might have in-store for Season 4. Scheduled to kick-off on Apex Legends’ one-year anniversary, Season 4 is arguably the most anticipated one yet. 

Before players get stuck into Season 4, they have Pathfinder’s Grand Soirée event to grind. Having brought a wealth of new formal cosmetics and a bunch of game modes for players to dabble in, players have been treated to a grand means of seeing out Season 3.

Crypto, Wraith and Gibraltar each received changes
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The January 14 update also brought some controversial buff and nerfs to key characters.

Respawn’s beacons are broken

Given that Apex Legends was the first to pave the way for respawn beacons in the battle royale genre, they have become a staple to the Apex Games. 

Yet despite Respawn’s efforts to see out Season 3 in style, their latest update has inadvertently broken respawn beacons, leaving players completely baffled. 

Posted to the Apex Legends subreddit, user ‘Rodneyrobotic’ highlighted the issue while attempting to receive two fallen teammates. 

Most annoying bug of the update so far from apexlegends

As showcased in the Reddit user’s clip, the player attempted to deliver both their squadmate’s banners to the respawn beacon. After completing the animation, however, the players remained in limbo. 

The player subsequently attempted to bring back their allies for a second and third time, only to be greeted with the same outcome.

Whether the issue is exclusive to certain respawn beacons on World’s Edge, remains elusive.

More issues on the horizon?

Alongside being unable to revive eliminated allies, players are also reporting a glitch where they cannot self-revive when they have the Legendary Knockdown Shield equipped.

As underscored in the clip, the player almost manages to complete the self-revive process, before appearing to be abruptly reset.

Revive glitch is the most crucial problem right now, it needs an urgent fix from apexlegends

Moreover, players are also outlining an issue with sprinting, where their character intermittently stops mid-sprint: “My sprint randomly stops every, like, 3 seconds. Also, this same thing happens when trying to revive downed teammates too. It just stops and you have to start all over.”

Despite multiple accounts of similar issues, a fix is yet to surface on the Apex Legends Tracker. Of course, Respawn will be keeping a close eye on feedback. So it’s likely only a matter of time before a hotfix is pushed live.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.