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Apex Legends marketplace could solve Heirloom and loot box issues

Published: 6/Jan/2020 11:22 Updated: 6/Jan/2020 15:35

by Andy Williams

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Apex Legends’ Heirlooms are the most sought after items in the game, but what happens if you get one that you can’t rock in the Apex Games? Here’s a savvy solution.

Respawn Entertainment has done the unthinkable in less than a year. After creating a battle royale which rivaled Fortnite, it has gone from strength-to-strength in recent times — with Season 3 being its most successful to-date

While Apex Legends boasts fast-paced gameplay and a fluid movement system, it’s the game’s character cosmetics and associated loot that often steal the spotlight. Having released four Heirloom sets thus far, there is one problem that is driving fans around the bend.

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The Pathfinder Heirloom set is the latest to be added to Apex Legends.

Just imagine… You open your umpteenth Apex Pack and see a fiery red color bursting out of the Loot Tick, only to find that it’s Lifeline’s Shock Batons that take center stage, but you run Wraith as your main. 

Of course, this is still a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection. But it just takes away from the whole experience, when you’ll never really rock them inside World’s Edge. 

Well, a savvy Apex Legends fan has come up with a very simple concept to perk up the downhearted. 

Reposted on the Apex Legends subreddit, one fan brought light to an idea that previously went under the radar.

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The crux of it is simple: introduce a function that allows players to trade-in their ‘unwanted’ Heirloom for one that’s more favored. In exchange for a trade, players will also lose either up to 100,000 Legends or 1000 Apex Coins (depending on preference).

While on the surface, this appears to be a canny workaround on the issue, it could take away from the rarity of Heirlooms altogether. 

For example, it is no secret that Wraith and Pathfinder are the most popular characters in the game. By that logic, everyone will be trading their Shock Batons or Raven’s Bite for Wraith’s Kunair or Pathfinder’s Boxing Gloves. 

The net effect will be a reduced rarity for the latter, which takes away from the whole concept of Heirlooms. So what can we do to solve the ‘issue’ at hand?

ValveA marketplace akin to Steam’s could be the answer to all our Heirloom problems.

A trading system could indeed be the answer, but structured like a marketplace of sorts. Drawing parallels to CS:GO’s much-enjoyed trading system might prove beneficial here. That way, players could negotiate trades between their peers, without taking away from the value of each Heirloom respectively. 

Of course, this system could be capitalized on to trade all kinds of cosmetics and loot. This would also solve the issue of countries such as Belgium being unable to open Apex Packs (i.e., they could save Legends Tokens/Apex Coins to spend/trade with on a marketplace). 

Despite the above system holding some potential value, Respawn would have to implement a sophisticated framework to support it. Perhaps a bit much too soon, considering that the game hasn’t even been out a year at the time of writing. 

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Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020: Start date, skins, Winter Express LTM

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:47 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:48

by Calum Patterson

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It’s almost that time of year again, and Apex Legends’ second holiday season is about to get into full swing. Holo-Day Bash is set to return for 2020, with all new skins, and a rerun of the Winter Express LTM.

To keep up with the yearly festivities, the first event of Apex Legends Season 7 will be holiday-themed – this we know thanks to some badges that have already confirmed the 2020 Holo-day bash ahead of an official announcement from Respawn.

The exact same thing happened with this year’s Fight or Fright event, for Halloween, which was also revealed early due to in-game badges that couldn’t be unlocked yet.

So, if you’re wondering when Holo-day Bash 2020 starts and ends, what kind of cosmetics will be available, and what mode to expect, here’s everything we know so far.

When is Holo-Day Bash 2020 in Apex Legends?

The Holo-Day bash will start on December 1, and run through until January 4.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 update time

The update is expected to go live at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT. There’s no patch to come with it, so there won’t be any big downloads to worry about.

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Badges for Holo-Day Bash 2020 are already visible in Apex Legends.

Unlike last year though, this is not a Collection event. Instead, like Fight or Fright, Holo-Day Bash 2020 is just a Themed event. That means there won’t be a new Heirloom to unlock, whereas last year,  Pathfinder’s boxing gloves could be unlocked by completing the collection.

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020 trailer

On November 24, Respawn Entertainment revealed a brand new trailer for the event.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 skins

Just because it’s not a collection event though, doesn’t mean there won’t be new skins and cosmetics to get your hands on. The trailer showed off nine in total, from what we could see.

These skins will be available in bundles in the Item Shop from December 1, seen below.

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There’s also an event prize tracker, which you will be able to complete through challenges.

Winter Express LTM

Speaking of challenges, you’ll want to complete these in the “new-and-improved” Winter Express LTM.

Winter Express LTM 2020
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Winter Express will return in the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

For those who didn’t play last year, Winter Express takes place on World’s Edge, with Mirage as the game announcer. The objective is to win control of the train over three rounds. And there’s no loot – instead, Legends are given preset loadouts.

On the event, they said in a blog post: “This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.

“This year, when your squad respawns after a round has finished, you will spawn on your own supply ship as it follows the train. From here, your squad will be able to survey the battlefield and skydive into combat as the train arrives at its next station and the objective unlocks. The squad that won the previous round will respawn directly on the train.”

Respawn Hover Tanks

In the trailer, new Respawn Hover Tanks could also be seen, seen below.

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New Hover Tanks will be added in the seasonal event.

These will follow along with the train, and your team will respawn and jump from these back down into the action at the start of each round – unless you won the previous round, in which case, you’ll start on the train.