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Apex Legends revive concepts could bring new strategies to World’s Edge

Published: 20/Jan/2020 23:58

by Brad Norton

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The Apex Legends community has banded together to think of new concepts that change the revive mechanic in-game, giving each character their own special means of getting allies back on the battlefield.

When a teammate is downed in Apex Legends, there’s only so much that players can do to help get them back in the fight. Bangalore can drop her smoke and rush to begin a revive while Gibraltar can deploy his Dome of Protection over a downed player to give a bit more cover, for instance. 

While these are certainly handy functions in the heat of the moment, only Lifeline has an ability that specifically alters the way in which her revive functions. However, a fascinating set of Apex Legends concepts aims to bring new revive-based mechanics to each character in order to spice up the feature for everyone on the battle royale roster.

Apex Legends characters looking to revive
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Could you picture Bloodhound with his own unique revive ability?

When reviving a fallen teammate, Lifeline’s Combat Medic ability is automatically triggered and projects a shield directly in front. Immediately disappearing upon completion of the revive, this is currently the only specific mechanic in all of Apex Legends that directly alters the function.

Looking to offset that and establish a new status quo where potentially every Legend could come with their own revive-central ability, Reddit user ‘General_fcf’ put forth a number of unique concepts that could spice up the flow of the shooter.

Playing into the theme of each character, they proposed that Octane for example, should be able to revive teammates “with his stim” and subsequently give them a “four-second sprint” once they make it back to their feet. This could give wounded players a chance to quickly dash out of a heated combat zone and find some shelter to heal up.

Legends should have their own unique revive! Lifeline: could throw her doc further and revive teammates with 50 hp with her special syringe. Wattson: could shock people back to life with a 4sec overshield of 30hp,then it goes away. Octane could revive people with his stim and give them a 4sec sprint from apexlegends

Additionally, they suggested that Wattson’s damaging electricity could be reversed in order to heal allies instead. Shocking friendly Legends back to life, they could enter the fight once again with a “four-second overshield of 30HP” before disappearing. 

While they expressed that all “Legends should have their own unique revive,” the final idea requested that Lifeline’s D.O.C. Heal Drone actually revive players with a special syringe.

The trade-off would obviously be that the drone could only travel a short distance, but it could serve as the very first deployable revive in the game.

Chiming in throughout the responses to the post, the Apex Legends community offered even more suggestions to buff each character with their own unique revives. The ever-whimsical Mirage could deploy “two decoys” that “assist in reviving so it’s more confusing which one is the real you,” Reddit user ‘Deni-Demolish’ offered.

While these suggestions remain purely conceptual for the time being, they certainly have the backing of the Apex community. Having to consider which enemy revive function could provide a new challenge, and would offer a whole new perspective on the game.

With year two and season four of Apex Legends right around the corner, perhaps a number of revive-specific additions are indeed on the way to spice up the game.

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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.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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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!