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Apex Legends players devise genius buff for Crypto

Published: 25/Jul/2020 10:56

by Joe Craven

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One Apex Legends fan has grown tired of Crypto being too far down the Season 5 pecking order, and has devised a buff for the Surveillance Expert that would better reward players for using him. 

Certain characters have dominated pick rates in Apex Legends since the game first launched. Wraith, Lifeline and Pathfinder have remained incredibly popular, despite some dips as the meta shifts.

One legend, however, who has struggled to make a meaningful impact on the game’s meta is Crypto. The Season 3 legend had the potential to be a game-changer at first, but has quickly sunk into the background of Apex Legends.

His current abilities are the Surveillance Drone, Neurolink and Drone EMP. On paper, they are pretty powerful tools, but many players have quickly learned counters, or to simply make do without the equipment his EMP blast destroys.

Crypto's current abilities in Apex
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Crypto’s current abilities in Apex

One Redditor – u/Spylt420 – shared an idea, which pitches a unique Crypto buff. It reads: “Completing a finisher on an enemy reveals that enemy’s team locations for 5 seconds”.

While on paper this might make Crypto overpowered, it’s important to remember that completing a finisher is not entirely without risk. If the player gets caught doing a finisher, they will surely die, and miss out on the finisher bonus. It would therefore fall on the player themselves to determine whether it is safe to carry out a finisher animation.

It might even be cool to be a scout class passive tbh from r/apexlegends

This wasn’t the only buff idea though. Another Redditor who liked the idea, u/Clark94vt, suggested that enemies flash up depending on the color of their armor. An enemy who is donning gold armor, for example, would show up gold on the minimap and so on.

Apex Legends buff idea for Crypto

Both these suggestions would fit with Crypto’s character – a hacker known for acquiring information on his foes. The shield indicator, especially, would inform players about whether they should push enemies or not.

An enemy team with all purple and gold armor should not be pushed, whereas a team donning basic armors would be far more susceptible to an attack after having their location revealed.

Respawn Entertainment have proved in the past they are keen to listen to player feedback when it comes to buffing and reworking legends. Whether they do the same with Crypto remains to be seen, but there are certainly plenty of players who believe the Surveillance Expert is in need of a buff.

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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.