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Apex Legends dev explains why they don’t release more new Legends

Published: 3/Jul/2019 17:19 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 17:34

by Paul Cot

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Apex Legends players are thirsty for new content, be it new weapons, map changes or new characters. However, these Legends (or characters) take a long time to develop.

During an episode of EA Unplugged, where various producers come together to discuss gaming development, Drew McCoy shared why new Legends aren’t regularly added.

Since Apex Legends released all the way back in February 2019, only two Legends have been added to the game. Octane, the adrenaline junkie, was released as part of a Season 1 addition.

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Wattson on the other hand, the second legend to be added, was introduced as recently as July 2. She was added to the game alongside the beginning of Apex Legends Season 2.

McCoy, the Executive Producer at Respawn Entertainment, the company that develops Apex Legends, shared the process behind making a new legend, disclosing how long it takes to make them.

“We have never made a character in under 18 months,” McCoy said. “It’s usually a year and a half to make a legend,” providing some perspective as to how much planning goes into each.

It means each are meticulously designed and can therefore not be added to the game on the drop of a dime. There is also more to just designing a new character – significant play testing, game balancing and recording actual lines is all part of the process.

Interestingly, McCoy also revealed that the first eight characters were made simultaneously. Given this information, Apex Legends characters were being designed all the way back in December 2017 – providing insight as to just how long the game was kept secret before its surprise release.

Alluding to the release of future Legends, McCoy added: “We have a bunch of characters all hitting different milestones every month.” This sounds like Respawn don’t have a set plan on which Legends are coming in subsequent seasons but at least tentatively confirms there will be more to come in the future.

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All confirmed buffs coming in Apex Legends Season 7

Published: 24/Oct/2020 11:12

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends Season 7 is almost here, and that means changes to characters. So, we’ve rounded up all the buffs that Respawn have confirmed so far.

With each new Apex Legends season, players are always looking forward to getting their hands on a new Legend as well as seeing what’s been changed to existing Legends, weapons, and items.

As Season 7 is on the horizon, Respawn have begun to roll out their teasers – with a familiar-looking UFO turning up on both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge.

Aside from that, the devs have also been planting seeds about what buffs and nerfs are coming in the new season. So, we’ve rounded up the buffs that we know about so far.

Mirage

As one of Apex’s most popular characters, players have been desperate for Respawn to give Mirage a power increase, even after his abilities rework.

Those changes have always been on the horizon, as devs have answered numerous questions with positives answers about buffs, and those promises will finally come to fruition with the start of Season 7.

Daniel Klein, a game designer for Respawn, confirmed that they’ve been testing changes to his Life of the Party ult, so that could be the main change that the Holographic Trickster receives next season.

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Mirage is finally set to receive some changes.

Octane

Octane is also confirmed to be getting some positive treatment, but Respawn say it will only be a “tiny buff,” so no indication exactly what it will be yet. 

Rampart

As for Rampart, while a buff has been confirmed, there haven’t been any hints as to what it could entail. Since her introduction, players have made a number of suggestions – including being able to move around while firing her minigun. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see on that front. 

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Octane will receive a “tiny buff” in Season 7.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder will also be receiving a change to the cooldown on his grapple ability. However, the last time this was labeled a buff, it actually turned out to be a nerf

Audio

Not a buff as such, but Respawn have also confirmed that lots of progress has been made on audio problems, which have been plaguing the game for months, and these fixes will be coming in Season 7.

As for what else is coming in Season 7, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know here. We’ll just have to wait until November 4, when the new season starts, to see it all in action.