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Apex Legends job listings confirm mobile version and new features coming

Published: 30/Sep/2020 14:24 Updated: 30/Sep/2020 17:52

by Calum Patterson

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A number of job listings at Respawn Entertainment provide valuable insight into what is coming down the pipeline for Apex Legends, including the long-awaited mobile version, new UI systems, and improved microtransactions and store options.

Now approaching its seventh season, Apex Legends is in a spot of limbo. Season 5 boosted the game’s popularity, and although Season 6 has generally been a success, most players are just (impatiently) waiting for announced features like crossplay, plus the release on Steam and Switch.

EA confirmed over a year ago now that a mobile version of Apex was coming, but it’s not due at the same time as the Switch release (fall 2020), and is expected later instead.

But, exactly what stage of development it’s at is unclear, as Respawn are still hiring for a number of positions related to the mobile game.

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Players are still waiting for the mobile version of Apex Legends, confirmed in 2019.

Respawn vacancies for mobile Apex Legends

One of the main hires being made is for a senior game designer on the mobile version. “We’re looking for a Senior Game Designer who will lead the design vision for one of our unannounced mobile games,” the listing reads (although it’s categorized in the Apex Legends jobs section, so no secrets there).

The game designer will “conceptualize and communicate new and engaging gameplay experiences”, as well as “establish player experience goals for designs, implement and tune features to meet those goals.”

Another job listing for the mobile Apex Legends is a senior technical analyst, who will “will work directly with the Apex Legends Mobile team and its partners to analyze and provide insights to make the game more fun for players.”

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Respawn are still hiring for senior roles on the mobile design team.

New UI systems and MTX designs

Beyond the mobile version though, Respawn are hard at work on the main game too. A new Senior UX technical designer will work on features ranging “from improvements to current systems like Ranked, Stats and the Store, to creating new UX systems that have yet to be dreamed of.”

It also appears that Respawn wants to make some improvements to their monetization systems in Apex. This includes both the in-game store, bundles, and microtransaction events (i.e. collect

ion events). A job listing for a Technical Designer on MTX events explains: “you will write code or script to improve the monetization aspects of the game, such as improving store menus, event structures, battle pass, and more.”

Season 7 is now fast approaching, set to release early November, and Respawn opened up a new studio in Vancouver earlier this year, so it’s all hands on deck to continue Apex Legends’ success. With next-gen consoles also coming, there’s lots of work to be done.

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Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020: Start date, skins, Winter Express LTM

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:47 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:48

by Calum Patterson

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It’s almost that time of year again, and Apex Legends’ second holiday season is about to get into full swing. Holo-Day Bash is set to return for 2020, with all new skins, and a rerun of the Winter Express LTM.

To keep up with the yearly festivities, the first event of Apex Legends Season 7 will be holiday-themed – this we know thanks to some badges that have already confirmed the 2020 Holo-day bash ahead of an official announcement from Respawn.

The exact same thing happened with this year’s Fight or Fright event, for Halloween, which was also revealed early due to in-game badges that couldn’t be unlocked yet.

So, if you’re wondering when Holo-day Bash 2020 starts and ends, what kind of cosmetics will be available, and what mode to expect, here’s everything we know so far.

When is Holo-Day Bash 2020 in Apex Legends?

The Holo-Day bash will start on December 1, and run through until January 4.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 update time

The update is expected to go live at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT. There’s no patch to come with it, so there won’t be any big downloads to worry about.

Holo-day bash 2020 badges
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Badges for Holo-Day Bash 2020 are already visible in Apex Legends.

Unlike last year though, this is not a Collection event. Instead, like Fight or Fright, Holo-Day Bash 2020 is just a Themed event. That means there won’t be a new Heirloom to unlock, whereas last year,  Pathfinder’s boxing gloves could be unlocked by completing the collection.

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020 trailer

On November 24, Respawn Entertainment revealed a brand new trailer for the event.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 skins

Just because it’s not a collection event though, doesn’t mean there won’t be new skins and cosmetics to get your hands on. The trailer showed off nine in total, from what we could see.

These skins will be available in bundles in the Item Shop from December 1, seen below.

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There’s also an event prize tracker, which you will be able to complete through challenges.

Winter Express LTM

Speaking of challenges, you’ll want to complete these in the “new-and-improved” Winter Express LTM.

Winter Express LTM 2020
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Winter Express will return in the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

For those who didn’t play last year, Winter Express takes place on World’s Edge, with Mirage as the game announcer. The objective is to win control of the train over three rounds. And there’s no loot – instead, Legends are given preset loadouts.

On the event, they said in a blog post: “This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.

“This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.”

Respawn Hover Tanks

In the trailer, new Respawn Hover Tanks could also be seen, seen below.

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New Hover Tanks will be added in the seasonal event.

These will follow along with the train, and your team will respawn and jump from these back down into the action at the start of each round – unless you won the previous round, in which case, you’ll start on the train.