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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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • 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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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young

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The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

Apex Legends ALGS
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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.