Apex Legends

Apex Legends player shows how OP Charge Rifle is even after being nerfed

Published: 18/Oct/2019 22:38 Updated: 18/Oct/2019 23:01

by Albert Petrosyan

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The new Charge Rifle weapon in Apex Legends was supposed to have been nerfed, but it’s still being used as the most dominant gun in the game.

When Season 3: Meltdown launched in Apex Legends, it introduced a flurry of new content, including the brand-new map World’s Edge, Crypto Legend, and the Charge Rifle. 

The Charge Rifle is an energy weapon that shoots out a direct beam of energy, which, upon contact with an enemy, deals a tremendous amount of damage.

It quickly established itself as one of the more powerful guns in the game, and it did not take long for the players to reach a general consensus that the weapon was way too overpowered.

As a result, Respawn Entertainment took some steps to balance the gun, implementing several nerfs to its magazine size, fall-off damage, and ammo consumption per shot.

Respawn Entertainment / DexertoThe Charge Rifle was supposed to have been balanced, but it;s still very overpowered.

However, despite reducing the fall-off damage distances, the developers didn’t touch the weapon’s regular damage stats – which may have turned out to be a big mistake in the eyes of some players.

On October 18, just a day after the update went live, Reddit user ‘NoahSpancer21′ posted in-game footage to demonstrate how overpowered the weapon still was.

Using the Charge Rifle, the player targeted a full enemy squad from an extremely long range, and proceeded to mow them down almost effortlessly. 

In fact, judging from the clip, the gun didn’t look like it had been touched by the devs, sparking frustration from players that the weapon still remains unbalanced. 

Charge rifle finally balanced? from r/apexlegends

Some users in the comments tried to explain the video by saying that enemy players were standing too still, which made eliminating them a lot easier than it should have been.

However, others countered this argument by claiming that the Charge Rifle shouldn’t be able to take down anyone in that manner, no matter the skill of the enemy, because no other weapon can deal that much damage at that range with such ease.

Either way, it looks like the developers still have an issue in their hands when it comes to the game’s newest weapon – and only time will tell if they will decide to implement further nerfs. 

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Apex Legends devs working on new game that will let players “adventure forever”

Published: 6/Jan/2021 3:39 Updated: 6/Jan/2021 4:28

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn Entertainment, the Californian studio behind battle royale Apex Legends, the Titanfall franchise, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, are working on a secret new game that will reportedly let players keep “adventuring forever.”

Respawn has gone from strength to strength in recent years. In early 2019, the studio exploded into the battle royale scene with Apex Legends, after years of cult success with the Titanfall 2 franchise. They also struck gold with the Star Wars adventure title ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’, a canon story in Disney’s new universe. 

Now it’s been confirmed they’re developing a mysterious new game.

According to a new job listing posted on Respawn’s website, the studio is putting together an incubation team to develop “a brand new IP,” or ‘intellectual property.’

The advertisement calls for a “generalist software engineer”. The listing has relatively few details on the project itself, besides confirming the title will use “new, practical technologies” to “enable ‘adventuring forever’,”. This may suggest a live, long-term game with ongoing Respawn Entertainment support.

Apex Legends have been calling for an in-game damage tracker since early 2019.
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Respawn’s focus has mainly been on Apex Legends since its launch in early 2019.

Respawn remains quiet on “new IP” project

Outside of the relatively vague job listing, there has been no official word from the North American studio regarding a new game or series in development.

The revelation a “new IP” is on the way comes just months after Respawn shifted much of their Apex development to a new studio in Vancouver. At the time, rumors were Respawn was already cooking up a new title in their old Californian locale. The only word then, though, was it “wasn’t Titanfall 3.”

“We love to dabble,” Respawn’s chief operating officer Dusty Welch said of the studio’s planned projects in a 2020 interview.

“Vince [Zampella] loves to dabble in all kinds of projects. His taste for game-making is not just in shooters. But look, you’ve got Star Wars out there. That’s a huge passion for Vince and I — and we love all kinds of different games. We’ll continue to think about ways to expand.”

It’s also likely whatever this new title is, it won’t be related to Star Wars or the “Fallen Order” series. Instead, Respawn appears to be stepping away from the two series that have made them famous in favor of a totally new world.

Respawn's mysterious new game won't be related to the two-part Titanfall saga.
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Respawn’s mysterious new game won’t be related to their two-part Titanfall saga.

Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 canceled?

That doesn’t mean a new Fallen Order title won’t be coming either.

In late March last year, Electronics Arts applauded Respawn for their “breakout title,” and suggested they would be looking to make it into a Star Wars franchise.

There has been no official word on those plans since mid-2020, however.

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The story of ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ will still continue eventually.

For now, sit tight. Respawn will still be a long way off any official announcements regarding this title, especially considering they’re only just getting software engineers on-board now.

And Apex Legends fans, no need to worry; the battle royale won’t suffer a smidge from the new focus. That’s why they established the Vancouver studio!