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Apex Legends Season 2: Battle Charge revealed – Wattson, L-Star, battle pass and more

Published: 8/Jun/2019 16:11 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 9:59

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment have finally unveiled their plans for Apex Legends Season 2 at their presentation at EA Play, revealing details of the new Legend Wattson and information about the next battle pass.

It’s no secret that the launch of Season 1 left many players underwhelmed, with objectively bland looking skins, no new game modes, no map changes and no new weapons.

With months until Season 2 was scheduled to begin, there was a tangible sense of impatience growing in the community, and leaks of new weapons like the L-Star and the new Legend Wattson didn’t help curb fans’ appetite for more content.

EAThe tenth Apex Legend will be ‘Wattson’.

What’s new in Apex Legends Season 2?

New Legend: Wattson

Wattson is the second new legend to be added to Apex Legends since launch, and brings a very unique set of skills with her. Her traps will electrocute enemies caught in its radius.

Wattson’s father is said to have created the Arena itself, and so she is friendly with all the existing legends.

New Weapon: L-Star SMG

The L-Star was actually an LMG in the Titanfall series, but for Season 2 of Apex Legends, an ‘EMG’ variant is being added. This weapon was previously leaked by data miners, even showing off some of its legendary skins.

The L-Star will only be in care packages, apparently because it’s so “OP”. It will be disappointing to some that there’s no new weapon joining the regular loot pool, but finding an L-Star sounds like it will be a deadly addition to your loadout.

EA livestreamThe L-Star has finally been officially revealed, following months of leaks.

New ranked mode

A ranked mode has been confirmed, where players will rank up through six tiers. It goes from ‘bronze’ to ‘Apex Predator’.

Throughout the season, players will be given rewards for where they place in the new ranked mode, with a final reward given out at the end of Season 2 based on your final placing.

A new Caustic skin coming in Season 2.

Season 2 Battle Pass

The new battle pass is now ‘challenge based’, meaning that “levelling to level 100 is a lot quicker than Season 1.”

Stat trackers are also being removed from the battle pass loot pool, and three new content types added instead, although there’s no details on what these new content types will be. Respawn also confirmed there will be a lot more skins in the pass.

RespawnThe headlines from the Season 2 reveal.

When does Apex Legends Season 2 begin?

Season 2 of Apex Legends, Battle Charge, will go live on July 2, 2019.

Last updated: June 8, 1:40PM EST.

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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.