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Apex Legends players still angry with Respawn’s response about microtransactions

Published: 17/Aug/2019 17:13 Updated: 17/Aug/2019 17:50

by Bill Cooney

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Apex Legends, made changes to the availability new event cosmetic items in the game’s Iron Crown event after a weeklong backlash from fans, but some players weren’t buying it.

Apex’s Iron Crown event began on August 13 with the premier of all the new skins and cosmetics players would be able to collect for a limited time.

It didn’t take long however for fans to figure out how much it would cost to unlock all the event items and the Heirloom (over $200), which was the only way to guarantee players would get the item or items they wanted.

The same day the event launched, the front page of the Apex Legends subreddit was full of memes and users attacking Respawn and EA for what they saw as an event that only appealed to deep-pocketed players.

Why did Respawn’s response upset people?

Respawn is owned by EA, so a lot of fans thought the developer’s response to complaints on Friday, August 16 was similar to how EA has handled fan outrage in other titles.

Who can forget the infamous “pride and accomplishment” comment (which was the most downvoted in Reddit’s history) from EA to players who were upset about having some characters in Star Wars Battlefront 2 behind a paywall.

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After the changes to the Iron Crown event were posted in the Apex Legends subreddit, the top comments were soon from people who weren’t buying what devs were selling.

“EA does this in EVERY game they release. They did it in Battlefront, Battlefield, FIFA and now Apex,” Reddit user SledgeTheWrestler wrote. “They release a really scummy monetization system in hopes that nobody will notice/care and they can get away with it. When their player base notices and speaks up about it, they change it to something slightly-less-scummy (but still scummy, like charging $20 for a skin you can’t even see) as their “apology.”

Other users decided to list full games players could purchase, instead of spending $18 dollars on a skin. One of the most popular suggestions was another Respawn game, Titanfall 2, which is currently cheaper on Origin than one skin for the event.

Titanfall 2 is under $5 on Origin, while Iron Crown event skins will still cost Apex players $18.

Iron Crown solo mode finally fixed

On top of having to fight back against a mountain of Iron Crown’s negative press, Respawn has also had to deal with players teaming up in the event’s so called Solos mode to score easy wins.

Fans had been asking for a solo mode since Apex launched, but players who managed to queue up together were exploiting the mode for easy wins.

Apex added a way for players to report people who were teaming up in solos on Saturday, August 17 in an effort to fix the problem, so we’ll have to see if it works.

Respawn EntertainmentSo far the Iron Crown event probably hasn’t gone as smoothly as Respawn would have liked.

Even though the Iron Crown event has had it’s fair share of problems with fans so far, at least Respawn seems to be making the effort to listen to their community as much as they can.

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Who is Fuse in Apex Legends? Season 8 Legend abilities, release date, origin story

Published: 18/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 21:13

by Calum Patterson

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Fuse has finally been confirmed as the new Legend that will be added in Season 8 of Apex Legends, and while his abilities have not been revealed yet, there are quite a few leaks and teasers that give a good idea as to what they are.

Apex Legends Season 8 – called Mayhem – is expected to drop around the two-year anniversary of the game’s launch, on February 2, 2021, and along with the flurry of new content and changes comes a brand new Legend, Fuse.

Fuse will have a lot of expectations to live up to, as the most recent new character, Horizon, released in the strongest state of any post-launch character.

Whether this new recruit will instantly become part of the meta remains to be seen, but their leaked abilities might give us some indication. Here’s everything we know about the next character in line to be added.

Who is the Season 8 Legend?

Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8.
Respawn Entertainment
Meet Fuse, the new Legend for Apex Legends Season 8!

After weeks of speculation, Respawn finally announced on January 18 that Fuse would indeed be the new Legend added for Season 8: Mayhem. They describe the character as one that “doesn’t lack confidence, but often lacks a plan. He’s a blow-up first ask-questions-later kinda guy.”

Fuse’s origin story is quite an explosive one; he’s from a planet called Salvo and made a name for himself winning pit fights and other similar fighting competitions. Eventually, it gets revealed that he’s been chosen to compete in the Apex Games, a decision that his longtime (and jealous) friend doesn’t appreciate.

In the S8 ‘Stories from the Outlands’ video, Fuse and his friend get into a skirmish until she tosses a grenade between them, with the subsequent explosion costing the explosives expert his arm, which is why he sports a robotic one in the Apex Games.

What are Fuse’s abilities? Leaks & teasers

As mentioned above, Respawn did not reveal Fuse’s ability kit when announcing him as the S8 Legend, so we’ll have to wait until the devs decide to roll out those details. Until then, there’s enough info out there, in leaks and teasers, for us to piece the puzzle together a bit.

From the character’s name and marketing, it’s clear that his abilities feature explosives and explosions, which makes sense considering that in-game teasers already suggest as much. Here’s a look at the teaser for his Ultimate.

This ability was part of a leak that surfaced in early 2021 containing the Legend’s other powers. The Ult is apparently going to be named Firebomb (fitting, considering the teaser above) while his Tactical is called Projectile Grenade, likely involving that golden grenade he’s shown with throughout the trailer.

  • Tactical: Projectile Grenade
  • Ultimate: Firebomb

Sound files for the abilities were also found and leaked by Biast12.

What’s perhaps most interesting is that these abilities seem to line up with a Legend concept that was first posted back in May 2019 on Reddit – with the name of the concept also called ‘Fuse’.

This concept by a fan was also called an ‘explosives expert’, so it seems possible that Respawn could have taken inspiration from this character idea. This is what the concept looked like (note this is a fan-made concept – not the official Fuse Legend).

Fuse concept in Apex Legends
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This fan-made concept for a Legend called Fuse was very popular back in 2019.

It won’t be long until Respawn reveal the official names and details for all three of Fuse’s abilities, but these leaks and teasers give us a pretty clear idea of the type of character he will be in the Apex Games.

For more information about next season, including the new weapon and Kings Canyon map changes, make sure to check out our Season 8 Mayhem info page.