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Apex Legends map bug leaves players endlessly falling from the dropship

Published: 19/Nov/2019 20:20

by Alan Bernal

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A bug in Apex Legends has players falling to no end after launching from the dropship, though it seems like they’re going nowhere fast.

There have been numerous instances of World’s Edge not loading in its entirety throughout Season 3. That bug alone already ruins games, seeing as lobbies full of players have games shut down before they even begin.

But in some instances, it seems like the effects of multiple bugs can stack on each other, leading to a unique gameplay experience for some players.

Respawn EntertainmentApex players are noticing that they’re going nowhere fast in the glitched games.

Putting a spotlight on this effect is Reddit user ‘Modern169’ who captured their game of Apex Legends, which seemed to be more in the realm of an endless flight simulator rather than a battle royale.

The first thing people might notice is that World’s Edge has failed to load, making it another instance of a match where players have nowhere to land.

Even though there have been games where the ground appears to be missing, players have still managed to at least walk on something to punch their way to a Champion screen.

But it looks like the lobby full of players didn’t have that chance, seeing as they were perpetually gliding through nothing throughout the entirety of the game.

The clip obviously drew confusion from other players who were wondering if the glitch happened mid-game to which Modern replied, “Nope, the map just never loaded. We all got dropped into that abyss.”

Instead of a dark and endless abyss, however, the players were greeted with a vibrant, albeit disorientating display of images from the game.

Respawn EntertainmentWhile the light show was impressive, the players didn’t have a place to actually land in the glitch Apex Legends match.

The Pathfinder on screen can be seen flying through a sea of colorful contrails as they weave around the bugged sky.

In the video, it’s already the fourth round with seven squads remaining, but players were still falling as the altitude registered by the game was at an astonishing -1641 meters.

As with other glitched games, every player model seemed to freeze and stutter with every pass – giving the player one of the trippiest views of the Apex Games yet.

Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale is no stranger to bugged games, but it looks like these glitches might be a priority for the devs to try and patch out.

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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

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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!