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Apex Legends leaks reveal new Class passives coming for all legends

Published: 10/Mar/2020 5:35 Updated: 10/Mar/2020 17:25

by Isaac McIntyre

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New abilities and passives could be on their way for all twelve Apex Legends characters in Season 4, after new datamined information revealed Respawn’s testing code relating to the bold new buffs and changes.

Up until this point in Apex Legends, character classes have remained relatively useless. They have been a good way to figure out how a new legend may play, but that’s pretty much where the value stops.

According to new info found in the battle royale’s code, originally revealed by popular data miner ILootGames, however, that could be set to change as Respawn prepares to drop class-based passives and abilities into the game.

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Apex Legends could be in for some major changes if these data-mined passives hit the live servers.

Support passive solves the Blue Supply Bin mystery

All four Apex classes ⁠— Offensive, Defensive, Support, and Recon ⁠— are set to be given new abilities in the form of passives which will enhance their gameplay based on what role they are expected to fulfill in the battle royale.

Perhaps the most interesting change is for the battle royale’s sole support character, Lifeline. After originally appearing in the Season 4 gameplay trailer, Apex’s mysterious blue bins never landed on the live server.

Now it seems like we’ve finally got our answer. According to game code relating to supports and their new passive, Lifeline, as well as any legend added to the class in later seasons, will now be able to “find extra supplies inside blue supply bins.”

The data line ⁠— currently loaded into the code as “‘1Support‘0: Find extra supplies inside blue supply bins.” ⁠— suggests these rare blue bins will be locked to all players; only those with the passive key will be able to open them.

It’s also worth mentioning there have been whispers of Loba, who is potentially already being teased across World’s Edge, which could be another Apex support character. If that’s the case, she too would be able to open the blue supply bins.

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It looks like Lifeline may hold the key to Season 4’s mysterious blue supply bins.

Recon & Defensive passives re-use old abilities

Apex’s recon characters, Bloodhound, Crypto, and Pathfinder, also appear set to be granted a game-changing passive. All three will now be able to scan the Survey Beacons littered on the map to “reveals the next circle’s location.”

The fact Bloodhound and Crypto will now be taking over what was once Pathfinder’s unique passive also suggests the lovable robot may be granted a brand-new ability to replace it. So far, there has been no evidence of a new passive, however.

Defensive legends also have their passive come from elsewhere too: Gibraltar, Caustic, and Wattson may permanently wield the strength of gold backpacks. The code string suggests they will be able to “restore shields to revived squadmates.”

Like Pathfinder’s passive, this leaves the question ⁠— will gold backpacks be reworked again, considering they could be redundant for a quarter of the roster? This too, however, has not yet been spotted in the code.

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Bloodhound and Crypto could be in line to use Pathfinder’s “Insider Knowledge” passive in Season 4 and beyond.

New Offensive passive helps with backpack changes

Finally, it appears the game’s offensive characters ⁠— Bangalore, Wraith, Mirage, Octane, and Revenant ⁠— will at least partially be spared from the major backpack changes which arrived in the Override update.

Their code string reads “‘1Offensive’0: Two special inventory slots for grenades,” suggesting the attack-minded characters may be given something akin to the bandolier item which was rumored to be in development back in June 2019.

Considering single-stack grenades have been cluttering up player’s expanded backpacks since the new update, this will be a welcome addition for players who jump into the battle royale with any of those characters.

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The four code strings relating to Apex’s upcoming legend passive changes, found and revealed by popular dataminer ILootGames.

When could these changes hit the live servers?

While there’s always a chance that information found in the game’s code may not make it to the full release ⁠— Respawn even pulled a cheeky bait and switch with new legends Forge and Revenant ⁠— this seems to be on its way.

According to ILootGames, who first discovered the code strings, the datamined information is “in a file where almost everything is coming to the game… [if it’s there] it’s pretty much guaranteed.” Dexerto can confirm they’re still hosted there.

For now, though, sit tight. Respawn will likely not comment on any leaked data files, and haven’t before, but once the new season split starts and we return to King’s Canyon, they may begin teasing the massive Passive changes.

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven

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John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

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Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

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Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.