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Apex Legends Season 4 Assimilation revealed: Forge, new sniper, more

Published: 23/Jan/2020 18:19 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 1:39

by Albert Petrosyan

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Respawn Entertainment have finally announced Season 4 of Apex Legends: Assimilation, featuring the brand new Legend Forge, a sniper rifle called Sentinel, an all-new Battle Pass, and much more.

The highly-anticipated fourth season of Apex Legends finally got its official reveal on January 23, as Respawn put out a swath of details about all the new content coming with it.

As was the case for the first three seasons, Assimilation will introduce a new Legend, weapon, Battle Pass, Ranked Series, and more, information about all of which can be found below.

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When does Apex Legends Season 4: Assimilation release?

Respawn confirmed that Season 4 will kick off on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – which happens to be the one-year anniversary of the game’s release.

It will be accompanied by a massive update that will add all the new content and implement whatever changes the devs have planned, such as adjustments to the map, quality-of-life improvements, and fixes for bugs, glitches, and other issues.

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Respawn EntertainmentApex Legends Season 4 will launch on February 4, 2020 – the one-year anniversary of the game’s release.

What’s new in Apex Legends Season 4: Assimilation

New Legend: Forge

While everyone knew that Season 4 would introduce a new Legend, there was a lot of uncertainty as to who it would to be, since leaks and speculation suggested it could be either Forge or Revenant.

Respawn eventually decided to go with the former, a brawny humanoid who appears to have received several cybernetic enhancements to his body. The devs officially describe him as “confident yet humble, Forge uses his size, strength, and heavy-duty Shatter Gauntlets to batter his opponents into submission.”

For more information about this new character, such as a leaked list of his potential abilities, his lore and backstory, and more, make sure to visit our Apex Legends Season 4 Forge info page.

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Respawn EntertainmentForge will be the new Legend introduced in Apex Legends Season 4.

New weapon: Sentinel

As was the case with the first three seasons, Season 4 will add a new weapon to the fray: the Sentinel, a bolt-action sniper rifle that will “cut through your enemies’ armor before they ever see you coming.”

This will mark the sixth sniper rifle in Apex Legends, joining the Longbow DMR, G7 Scout, Triple Take, Charge Rifle, and Kraber .50-cal.

Based on leaks, fans speculated that the new weapon would be the Volt SMG, but it seems that developers ultimately decided to go with another sniper.

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Respawn EntertainmentThe brand new Sentinel sniper rifle for Apex Legends Season 4.

New Battle Pass and anniversary gifts

Season 4: Assimilation will feature its own Battle Pass when it launches, “packed with 100 exclusive items including Legendary skins, Apex packs, Loading Screens, Music Packs, and more!”

In addition, since the new season will be released on the game’s one-year anniversary, anyone who logs in between February 4-11 will receive a special bundle of gifts:

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  • Year 1 Origami Flyer charm (if you’ve got any ideas for cotton, please let us know)
  • Year 1 Loyalty badge (comes in 3 different flavors depending on when you took your first leap from the drop ship)
  • 10k XP for your first match of the day (available each day)
Respawn EntertainmentPlayers will receive a special gift bundle at the start of Apex Legends Season 4 in celebration of the game’s one-year anniversary.

Map changes to World’s Edge

In the Devstream, Design Director Jason McCord said “big map changes” were coming to World’s Edge in Season 4.

Teasers have already been spotted both in-game and the reveal stream that contain hints and clues about what those changes could be.

This includes the large Hammond Robotics construction signs that have popped up at various points on the map, suggesting that there could be new structures built at those locations once the new season drops.

Respawn Entertainment / Reddit - xd0m3Hammond Robotics construction signs have popped up on World’s Edge, acting as teasers for what map changes will be coming in Season 4.

Ranked Series 3

Season 4 will also kick off the third series of Ranked Play in Apex Legends, which will feature a new type of schedule. The competitive season will be divided into two Splits, each lasting for about six weeks before being reset.

Those who have played the game prior to Season 3 will be happy to know the original Kings Canyon map will be returning for the second Split (March 24-May 5) while World’s Edge will still be used for the first Split (February 3-March 23).

More information about the return of Kings Canyon can be found here.

Respawn EntertainmentKings Canyon will be returning to Apex Legends for the second Split of Ranked Play.

Is there a trailer for Apex Legends Season 4: Assimilation?

Unfortunately, Respawn did not release an official trailer for Season 4 as part of this reveal, so fans will have to wait a bit longer to get a cinematic experience for the new chapter.

However, the developers did discuss the fourth season at length in episode three of the Apex Legends Devstream, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

(Segment starts at 9:47 mark for mobile users)

There’s still some time before Season 4 launches, so players should expect more information, announcements, and in-game teasers to be released between now and February 4.

Don’t forget that the Grand Soirée Arcade Event is still going on, so be sure to hop on and enjoy the new content and LTMs before it wraps up on January 28.

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Respawn apologize for confusing Apex Legends Pathfinder Grapple “buff”

Published: 9/Oct/2020 4:22

by Andrew Amos

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Pathfinder mains thought they were going to be graced with a buff in the Apex Legends Aftermarket update. However, it proved to actually be a nerf. Respawn have apologized for this, and are looking at making things right with a new rework.

Pathfinder’s Grapple was updated during the Aftermarket update on October 6 to include a new cooldown timer that works based off the distance you traveled.

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Instead of it being a flat 35 seconds anymore, it would scale from 10 seconds to 35 seconds. Respawn were aiming to encourage players to use shorter grapples to move around gunfights, instead of the flashier long-range ones.

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Pathfinder was set to be buffed in the Aftermarket update. Instead, it was a nerf.

“This both buffs Path a little less for the scariest robot players out there and it also opens up room for extra skill expression: can you find useful short-distance grapples that’ll give you a shorter CD but still do something good for you,” they said in the patch notes.

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However, the changes fell flat big time. The max range grapple distance was too short in getting the timer up to 35 seconds. On top of that, changes to when the timer started ticking ⁠— from landing instead of from initial cast ⁠— meant the cooldown was theoretically longer.

Respawn have acknowledged their faults though. The devs have stated that they weren’t expecting the changes to be solely buffs, saying he’s “just too powerful” to consider a wide-sweeping upgrade.

“This isn’t purely a buff. If we gave you that impression, that’s on us and I apologize. There wasn’t room to give Pathfinder a change that would be a buff in all contexts. He’s just too powerful,” Respawn designer Daniel Klein told players on Reddit.

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Instead, the Apex Legends dev teams are looking towards a new rework to hopefully fit Pathfinder players’ needs. They are being conservative though, in case they make him a bit too powerful.

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“I’ve got follow-up changes already in playtesting. Because Path is so very powerful I wanted to be extremely conservative in my first swing at this and see how it affects his power on live.”

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Klein also encouraged Pathfinder players to experiment with their grapples. “I really hope that players will experiment a little bit with short distance grapples that actually help in combat. I understand that’s not the exciting thing you wanna do when you play Pathfinder though.”