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Apex Legends is coming to Steam: release date, download size, more

Published: 19/Jun/2020 0:16 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 1:10

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment is officially bringing Apex Legends to Valve’s online marketplace, Steam, giving millions of players more flexibility on the platform of their choice.

The studio behind the Titanfall franchise made the announcement on June 18 during the EA Play Live event. Apex Legends has been on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin on PC since the battle royale’s launch in February 2019.

EA’s Origin has been the only way to get into the Apex Arena on PC so far, and opening up the servers to Steam’s millions of users will undoubtedly bring a renewed interest for tons of new players.

Apex Legends on Steam release date

PC players will get the chance to grab the newly added Steam title in the Fall, a longer turnaround than fans might have expected but it should deliver an instant crowd-pleaser for people that still haven’t tried out Apex Legends.

This will end Apex’s unofficial timed-exclusivity with EA’s digital distribution platform on PC, and will give Respawn a chance to significantly increase the population of their player base.

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Apex Legends will be on Steam in Fall 2020.

How many GBs is Apex Legends on Steam?

Apex Legends can take up a ton of space on hardrives across all platforms, but it’s not as bad on PC as it is with Xbox’s approximate download size of 65.02 GBs.

It’s reasonable to expect that the Steam version of Apex Legends will be similar to Origin’s port of the battle royale, clocking in at 25.82 GBs for a fresh install.

Players will want to clear at least that much on their systems before going over to Valve’s market to download Apex just to be safe.

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Apex Legends is coming to Steam’s digital library.

One of the biggest takeaways from the EA Play Live event, in regards to Apex Legends, is that all online communities will come together under cross-play. That means PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch will be able to play with PC players, including the incoming Steam users.

The long-awaited debut for Apex Legends on Valve’s site is bound to encourage a swarm of players to try out the game, and it should make for a rather bustling Arena shortly after release.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!