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Apex Legends leak reveals in-game emotes possibly coming soon

Published: 11/Mar/2020 12:13

by Calum Patterson


A fresh data mine of Apex Legends has uncovered a handful of ’emotes’, which will potentially be usable mid-match or during the victory screen, somewhat similar to Fortnite.

Currently, the only emotes in Apex Legends are those that can be used while skydiving from the initial dropship. However, unlike games like Fortnite and Blackout, there’s no way to mock your opponents with a dance mid-game.

That could be about to change, however, as reliable data miner iLootGames has uncovered a set of emotes which could potentially be a new emote-type that can be performed on the ground during a match.

The only emotes available in Apex Legends currently are for skydiving.

Back in Season 2, the data miner found lines of code which indicated some development testing was being done for in-game emotes, and have now found actual animations of these emotes in the files.

It appears the emotes are tied to certain Legends, for example, Pathfinder doing the ‘robot’ dance and Bloodhound with their Raven.

So far, three emotes have been revealed by the leaker, but presumably, there would be more for other Legends if this feature was added to the game.

It’s not clear though, whether these emotes will be usable while in a match, or if they are only available at other times. Perhaps they will be available in the lobby, or on the victory screen, as others have suggested.

There was a mixed reaction to the possibility of these emotes, with some players feeling that they are too silly and don’t fit with the style and lore of Apex Legends.

Dancing emotes are a massive part of Fortnite’s cosmetics, but that game is much more lighthearted by comparison. Others are also concerned that these emotes will simply dilute the loot pool from Apex Packs further, making it harder to get items you really want.

It’s worth noting again this is just a game file leak at the moment, so there is no confirmation of what these emotes are for, or if they are even coming to the game officially at all.

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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


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!