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Apex Legends Quest leak reveals what players are hunting for in Season 5

Published: 20/May/2020 11:49

by Calum Patterson

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The new Quests in Apex Legends Season 5 is now properly underway, as players have been looking for their first artifact for the Broken Ghost. As expected though, data miners have gone ahead of the program and leaked what’s in store.

Spoiler Warning: If you don’t want to have the story of the Season 5 Quest spoiled, you may want to avoid reading on. While the entire Quest isn’t leaked, it may ruin some of your excitement about what’s to come.

Some players have been keen to avoid seeing spoilers for the Quest, to keep the suspense going all season long. Although it will be difficult to avoid totally once players start finding more and more.

As the name ‘Broken Ghost’ teased, a lot of Apex Legends players who also played Titanfall expected this to have something to do with Ash, the Simulacrum from the Titanfall series.

We’ve already had indications that Ash would be coming to Apex Legends in some way, after leakers found weapon charms for every Legend, as well as one for Ash (despite her not being a Legend in the game at all).

Ash in Titanfall 2

Data miner Biast12 has uncovered that the artifacts players are finding each week are part of a model for Ash. He explains that the parts make up the head, with the file named ‘ash_head_1’.

 

Who is Ash?

Just like Revenant, Ash is a simulacrum. She was a member of the Apex Predators, the unit run by Kuben Blisk. For Apex fans, you may know Blisk as the founder of the Apex Games.

Some are speculating that Ash could be added as a Legend, perhaps to help Loba take on Revenant in the story of the game. However, Ash has never been found as one of the leaked Legends in the game files (unlike characters like Blisk, Rampart and Valk.)

Blisk in Apex Legends trailer.
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Ash was one of Blisk’s lieutenants in the Apex Predators.

Really, we don’t know what it means or what role Ash might play in the story of Apex Legends. As Season 5 unfolds and players get deeper into the Broken Ghost Quest, we should understand more.

We’re expecting either Rampart or Blisk to be the new Legend for Season 6, though this is still purely speculation at this stage.

It wasn’t that long ago that Respawn pulled a fast one on everyone, revealing Forge as the Season 4 Legend, before having Revenant murder him and take his place. Who knows what they have planned next.

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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.