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Apex Legends leak reveals upcoming epic skin for unreleased Volt SMG

Published: 7/May/2020 0:25

by Theo Salaun

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Apex Legends gets a new weapon every season, and this season’s expected weapon, the Volt LMG, has already had an epic skin leaked by dataminers.

For months now, Apex Legends leaks have suggested that Titanfall 2’s Volt SMG would be the next gun released in the popular battle royale.

While it was initially expected to debut in Season 4, speculation now expects the sub to drop in with Loba at the start of Season 5: Fortune’s Favor—and the presence of leaked skins for the gun seems to confirm that.

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Titanfall 2’s Volt SMG—known for its ‘blue tracers’, high-damage hitscan shots.

 

In Titanfall 2, the Volt is an energy-based SMG that fires ‘blue tracers,’ hitscan shots that glow blue and give away your position to enemies who are not already nearby enough to be getting beamed down. 

It excels at short ranges and can be expected to do the same in Apex Legends, possibly sitting somewhere between the R-99 and the L-STAR as a high-powered, but range-limited automatic weapon.

Adding to hype over a new incoming SMG, dataminer ‘Suum’ tweeted out what appears to be an epic skin for the Volt—a blue variant with crackling lightning pulsing through dark blocks on the guns’ sides.

 

From its appearance, the Volt looks like some sort of crossover of the L-STAR and R-99 with a chunkier frame than the former, but a much lighter stock than the latter. This fits with what we’d expect of the gun from its role in Titanfall 2.

One interesting note is that the Volt appears to feature the same suppressor seen in its original iteration. While that barrel suppressor served no in-game purpose in the former game, it would be interesting if its inclusion is more than a cosmetic decision for Season 5.

While there’s been no confirmation that the gun may be Apex Legends’ first to feature a silencing function, Suum appears to have confirmed that it will at least be the gun featured next season—as all four epic skins are already included in the game’s files.

Season 5 releases on May 12 and, alongside Loba’s release and some possible changes to King’s Canyon—we’ll be sure to find out exactly what role the Volt SMG will play.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.