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Apex Legends isn’t changing aim assist just yet, despite crossplay launch

Published: 2/Oct/2020 5:23 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 8:44

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends won’t be making major changes to aim assist just yet, despite now pairing console and PC players in the same matches following the long-awaited Aftermarket event update, which is set to go live across all servers on Oct. 6.

In the past, Respawn has admitted aim assist on consoles is apparently “way stronger” than on PC. This disparity, discovered by ILootGames back in July, led most Apex Legends players to believe Respawn would tweak aim assist values when crossplay finally arrived.

That appears not to be the case, however. According to director Chad Grenier, the aim assist differences will remain in Apex Legends for the time being.

The reason? Well, Respawn “needs some more time” to make sure they can pull off the swap without enraging one camp or the other. The aim assist debate is filled with passionate fans, and the Apex devs are going to tread very carefully.

“Changing aim assist for millions of players one and a half years post-launch is something that can really upset people, as is making console aim assist match the same PC values,” the Apex Legends game director admitted in on Reddit.

“[The development process] needs some time.”

Hemlok Burst AR in Apex Legends
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The Respawn team is also apprehensive of making sweeping changes to core functions in the near future, after the wave of backlash the Apex Legends dev copped after their decision to fiddle with TTK [time to kill] heading into Season 6.

“Everyone came at us pitchforks with the TTK changes,” Grenier admitted on Oct. 1. “I’m not wanting to go through that again with aim assist.”

Those that are worried the same aim assist issues rival titles like Warzone and Fortnite have faced could seep into Apex Legends can breathe easy. Grenier, and the Respawn team, seem to be on the case; they just want to get it right.

Respawn will keep PC and console players separate when they bring crossplay to Apex Legends later this year.
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Respawn will mostly be keeping PC and console players separate when crossplay arrives in Apex Legends.

Grenier also confirmed there would be some “tweaks” to crossplay coming in the near future, to try and balance Apex Legends matches for console and computer players.

“We talked about [matching based on inputs on PC], and are considering it,” he said.

“There’s an added challenge for us that we have different aim assist settings between PC and console, so more discussion is needed on our end. Our priority was to get this feature out the door… now we’ve done that, we can listen and tweak.”

The Apex Legends crossplay beta goes live on Tuesday, October 6.

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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.