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Apex Legends player suggests 4 simple changes to improve the game

Published: 2/Aug/2020 11:22 Updated: 2/Aug/2020 11:27

by Connor Bennett

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An Apex Legends player has put forward a few ideas for quality of life changes that would actually help the battle royale in a big way. 

Ever since Apex Legends was first released back in February of 2019, fans have been putting forward their ideas – some creative, and some not so – for things they’d like to see in the battle royale. 

Pretty much everything has been put forward, including new legends, new cosmetics, new weapons, and even new maps. While the Respawn team have noted that they can’t really follow fan concepts for fear of plagiarism, that hasn’t deterred players from still presenting their thoughts. 

Though, the newest round of ideas isn’t about adding a new character or a new weapon, but more focused on changing a few small things that would help pretty much every player. 

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Apex players are always putting forward their own ideas.

The four quality of life changes were put forward by Reddit user zancray, with each of them being pretty useful for the majority of Apex players.

These include having a time that shows how long Gibraltar’s Dome of Protection has left, the ability to aim down sight with a Mastiff to stop reloading, as well as the ability to toggle the precision choke hop-uo on and off. 

On top of those, the Redditor also put forward the idea of having an on-screen indication of what zoom level you’re using with a variable zoom scope when the weapon is holstered. 

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Of course, while these ideas seem simple enough for Respawn to add, and fans have made it clear that they’d be useful changes, the devs do have the final say on what gets added and what misses out. 

We’ll just have to wait and see if these ideas inspire any future changes, or if they’re just left to be remembered as a what could have been.

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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.”

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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!