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Apex Legends hints and leaks suggest Volt SMG coming in Season 4

Published: 16/Jan/2020 12:40

by Calum Patterson

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A host of new hints and data mined leaks have surfaced which suggest the new weapon for Season 4 of Apex Legends will be the Volt SMG.

Every season of Apex Legends so far has added in a new character as the main attraction, but a new weapon is also a guarantee. As many players will stick with their ‘main’ Legend, the new weapon is often the most interesting part.

So far, each additional weapon has been met with a mixed response. The L-Star is only available in care packages, but players don’t think it’s really strong enough to justify it, and the Charge Rifle was quickly nerfed after it was added for Season 3.

For Season 4, set to start on February 4, it’s expected that Respawn will finally add a new SMG. This was actually speculated for Season 3 as well, but of course, the Charge Rifle took its place.

Previously, leaks have hinted that either the CAR or the Volt SMG would be the new weapon. But, since the Grand Soirée Arcade update, it seems even more likely that the Volt will be coming next season.

Respawn tease the Volt?

The first clue actually comes from Respawn themselves. In the patch notes for the event, they explain they removed extended energy mags because of something coming in Season 4. Logically, this would be a new energy weapon – such as the Volt.

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Respawn explain the decision to remove extended energy mags – does it confirm the Volt?

Leaked game files for Volt SMG in Apex Legends

Beyond this possible hint from Respawn, there are also leaks from the actual game files too. Renowned data miner That1MiningGuy has been busy digging through the files post-update, and has come across some intriguing additions.

The leaker explains that files previously codenamed ‘Hemlok_SMG’ is now being renamed properly – to “smg_volt”. These game files appear to be for various weapon skins and models.

We already know what the Volt will look like, as That1MiningGuy leaked some of these models way back in September 2019.

This is when we first thought it would be the new weapon for Season 3, but clearly it was skipped over for the Charge Rifle instead.

The Volt was a powerful SMG in the Titanfall series, and would certainly be a big shakeup to the current meta. The R-99 still reigns supreme in the SMG category, but hopefully, the Volt can give it a run for its money.

We’ll have to wait until Season 4 is officially here to find out though. Who knows, maybe this is another diversion, and Respawn have a different new weapon lined up.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.