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Apex Legends leak suggests infamous Titanfall 2 explosive could return

Published: 8/Apr/2020 11:00 Updated: 8/Apr/2020 11:06

by Daniel Cleary

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The infamous explosive frag drones, known as ‘Ticks,’ from Titanfall 2 may be set to hit Apex Legends servers soon according to new leaked game files.

As the hype is beginning to ramp again for the next season of Apex Legends, Respawn has revealed that they have plenty of content planned after confirming that they are already testing ideas for as far as Season 8.

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With Season 5 presumably dropping on May 5, fans have been wondering just what is in store for the popular battle royale and according to leaks by iLootGames one of the classic Titanfall items could be next.

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An explosive drone similar to the Loot Ticks could be added to Apex Legends next.

The ‘Tick’ frag drone has plagued many gamers during its time in Titanfall 2, as the automated drone would seek out any nearby targets and explode, often dealing fatal damage with few ways to counter.

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Data miner iLootGames revealed that the Tick could be set to return during one of the upcoming seasons after finding game files hinting at the possibility.

“Oh crap, those that played Titanfall know how annoying these guys can be. Looks like we may be getting them in the future,” he added, revealing an image of the files.

The leaked frag drone would likely resemble some of the rare Loot Ticks that were found in Kings Canyon, which wandered around the map containing valuable loot for any players lucky enough to find one.

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Are frag drones really coming to Apex Legends?

This isn’t actually the first time these Frag Drones have been leaked for Apex Legends, as it was revealed that Respawn devs were possibly looking at ways to implement the automated drone during Season 1.

Back in March 2019, just after the game launched, another leaker also found files for the Frag Drone, and claimed that they were not just leftovers, because they were in the same location as both the L-Star and Havoc rifles.

Little is known about what role the “Ticks” will play inside Apex Legends if they are added, however, as it is still unclear whether they would be player activated or just scattered around the map similar to the Loot Ticks.

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Ticks were notorious in Titanfall for their massive explosive radius and it is likely that Respawn would need to tone the powerful drone down quite a bit if they are to be added to Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends leaks reveal ‘Arena’ game mode finally on the way

Published: 15/Oct/2020 2:48 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 2:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn could finally be adding a new “Arena” game mode to Apex Legends as soon as Season 7, according to new datamined code added to the backend of the battle royale’s main menu in the recent Aftermarket update.

The datamined code in question details a new “Arena” mode, accessible through the Apex Legends main menu. These code strings, shared by Shrugtal on Oct. 13, seem to be linked to the battle royale’s playlist UI (user interface) in the loading lobby.

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“Code was added with the 6.1 patch to support UI slots on the “Play” Menu for a new “Arena” mode,” Shrugtal confirmed.

Right now, the string for “arenas_mode” is set to “false,” suggesting at some point in the future that option will be flicked on. There’s also an “if(DEV)” string in there too; meaning playtesters may already have their hands on the new mode.

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The question we’re left with in regards to the “Arena” mode is; what is it?

Shrugtal seems to offer up a few answers, which we here at Dexerto are inclined to agree with. If Apex Legends really is adding a ‘Team Deathmatch’ style playlist, it won’t be exactly like the Titanfall 2 playlists of old, we can assume.

Instead, it may be some variant of the new Flashpoint limited-time mode which debuted in the Aftermarket update.

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Shrugtal theorized⁠—and we should mention these were just suggestions, not more leaks⁠—it could be a “smaller squads mode”. It may also have some “Flashpoint-style healing” thrown into the “Arena” mix as well, to replace respawn stations.

The new Apex Legends 'Flashpoint' mode could be a percussor to the "Arena" playlist.
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The new Apex Legends ‘Flashpoint’ mode could be a precursor to the “Arena” playlist.

Skulltown to return in “Arena” playlist?

If Apex Legends really is adding an “Arena” playlist in the next few seasons, the battle royale is going to, of course, need some smaller maps to host the game mode on.

One perfect option is Skulltown, which the developers have admitted they do want to bring back in one form or another. The tight street area would be perfect for a fast-paced, smaller squads-focused Arena game mode, if Respawn went that way.

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Other good areas from across Kings Canyon and World’s Edge include Capitol City, which was destroyed in Season 4, or Apex’s ever-popular Sorting Factory. Slum Lakes, Market, The Train Yard, and more are also solid options for smaller maps.

Skull Town would make a perfect "Arena" map in Apex Legends.
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Skull Town would make a perfect “Arena” map in Apex Legends.

Considering this leak is only a small main menu UI update, however, there’s no clues to what the potential “Arena” game mode may actually look like. Right now, we’ll have to wait and see!

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As for when it could be released, that’s got a big question mark slapped on it, for now. It’s still in testing, so Season 7 is the earliest it could arrive. Season 8 may even be a more realistic prediction though, considering development time.

For now, sit tight Apex Legends fans; an “Arena” mode is finally on the way!