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Apex Legends Season 4 Launch Trailer reveals Revenant’s evil backstory

Published: 30/Jan/2020 18:02 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 18:25

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment have finally unveiled the full trailer for Apex Legends Season 4, revealing the full backstory of Revenant, has his hunt for revenge.

In the build-up to the new season, which starts on the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, Respawn have been creating expansive lore. Most of it has centered around two unreleased Legends: Forge and Revenant.

Back on January 23, they revealed Forge as the new legend, which came as a surprise to many, who were expecting Revenant. But, Forge’s time was short-lived, as Revenant took revenge and killed him in cold blood.

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Season 4 ‘Assimilation’ is coming on February 4 – but Forge might not be the new legend after all.

This sparked confusion, and some even pointed out differences in Forge that could mean a body-double was killed instead. All was set to be revealed and explained in the official launch trailer, released on January 30.

The trailer reveals the backstory to Revenant, and how he became the mysterious evil figure he is today.
“Revenant was once the greatest hitman the Syndicate ever had,” Respawn explain, “But when his programming failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into. Hammond Robotics’ return to the Outlands has renewed his thirst for vengeance, and he won’t stop until they’re all dead.”

Apex Legends Season 4 Launch trailer

The trailer also appears to reveal one of Revenant’s abilities. Like the Shadowfall LTM, it looks like he can dip into this mode and unleash havoc. Leakers already have a full list of his abilities, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in action.

Whether Forge is still set to make a comeback is unknown, but for now, it looks like he’s out of the picture. Fans who are convinced it was just a body double, may be out of luck. But, there could easily be another twist in this story yet.

What’s coming in Apex Legends Season 4?

In addition to the new legend, Respawn have confirmed a new weapon is also on the way, the Sentinel Sniper Rifle. It’s a bolt action rifle, and although some players were disappointed not to get a new SMG, a new sniper is a welcome addition.

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The Sentinel Sniper rifle will be at least one of the new weapons in Season 4.

New Battle Pass

No surprises here, but a fresh new battle pass will also launch with Season 4. Early seasons’ passes were criticized for their contents, but Respawn has seriously stepped up their game since.

Season 4’s battle pass is “packed with 100 exclusive items including Legendary skins, Apex packs, Loading Screens, Music Packs, and more!”

Also, to celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary, logging in between February 4-11 will grant players with a Year 1 Origami Flyer charm, a Year 1 Loyalty badge, and 10k XP for your first match of the day (available each day).

Map changes and Kings Canyon coming back

We can also expect some map changes to World’s Edge, which will still be the main map when the season launches. However, Respawn have confirmed that Kings Canyon will be making a comeback too.

Unfortunately, for Kings Canyon fans, it’s only been confirmed as coming back in ranked mode, and only for the second split, starting March 24.

Apex Legends Season 4 starts on February 4, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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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.