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Could Apex Legends get a Mirage event announcement at The Game Awards?

Published: 11/Dec/2019 21:07

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment have been ramping up the hype for Apex Legends’ nominations at The Game Awards, leading fans to believe the devs have something else planned for the annual celebration.

Since 2014, The Game Awards have been a “global celebration of video game and esports,” with the latest iteration to spotlight 2019’s biggest hits in the industry.

This year’s show will premiere on December 12, along with exclusive trailers and possibly brand new worldwide reveals – which could include a look at upcoming events in Apex Legends.

via iLootGamesRumors have been filing in for the next event in Apex Legends.

Various leaks have released in weeks past revolving around the Holo-Day Bash Christmas event as well as the possible Mirage Town Takeover, and Respawn’s social media activity is suspicious, to say the least.

Respawn’s battle royale has been nominated for four awards at The Game Awards, which include ballots for the Action Game, Community Support, Multiplayer Game, and Ongoing Game categories.

Leading up to The Game Awards, Respawn have been tweeting out lore-appropriate humblebrags featuring the life of the Apex Games, Mirage.

In fact, since their November 20 recognition of being nominated, “Mirage” has taken over the account four times to make his case for the “Best Competitor in a Battle Royale Based on Skills and Good Looks” category.

While the category might be fake, the possibility for a new trailer teasing an upcoming Apex Legends event is very real.

The company’s December 5 making Mirage’s case for the fictional award included a message saying: “[heart] this tweet to be reminded when I take the stage.”

Even the following tweets suggest that Mirage will make an appearance on the Thursday show.

The Game Awards have revealed incredible trailers in their history, and that could be the case for Apex Legends as there have been rumors of an in-game mode centered around the Holographic Trickster.

Prominent dataminer ‘That1MiningGuy’ revealed various files which include the “Desertlands_Mirage_TT” keywords linked to “Sleek City.”

There have already been images leaked for the holiday portion of Apex Legends’ next event that could run in tandem with Mirage’s Town Takeover.

With numerous nominations and swirling rumors around the battle royale, the stage is set for Respawn to make a huge announcement for the next chapter in Apex Legends soon.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.