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Apex Legends leak reveals new ‘Gadgets’ weapon type

Published: 29/Aug/2020 11:49

by Connor Bennett

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A fresh Apex Legends leak has revealed that a new weapon type in the form of ‘Gadgets’ is in the works, but what will it actually do? 

With each new season, Apex Legends devs at Respawn have kept their battle royale feeling fresh with new legends, new weapons, and shake-ups to the loot pool.

These changes are usually revealed ahead of time with a reveal trailer or two, but Respawn goes do a little further in-depth with their dev streams. These streams usually have some insight into why a change has been made, but more often than not, some things manage to slip in early.

In the past, we’ve seen a mysterious POI off the coast of Kings Canyon, as well as two unreleased weapons, and now leakers have been able to get more details on another change that may have been leaked in the Season 6 dev stream.

Rampart behind her amped cover wall
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Rampart joined the Apex mix in Season 6 and her modder persona would fit with gadgets pretty well.

Reliable leaker Shurgtal pointed out that there is code in the Apex Legends files relating to a new weapons type known as Gadgets. 

In their tweet, the leaker attached a screenshot from the recent dev stream where there is a mysterious purple piece of kit as a part of the floor loot and noted that this is likely one of the new gadgets coming to Apex. There was also a new slot on the UI, which isn’t currently in the game.

“I suspect that this is the mysterious fourth slot on the UI in the dev stream,” Shrugtal tweeted, before adding their own speculation about what gadgets could be added to the mix. “Speculation: Non-combat throwables, like Smoke Grenade?”

Of course, if things like smoke grenades were added to the mix, that would likely mean that Bangalore would be in for a change given that her tactical ability is all about deploying smoke grenades.

What Respawn has up their sleeve for this new weapon type remains to be seen, but with the new collection event around the corner, we might not have that long to wait for an update.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.