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Apex Legends smashes player milestone and becomes “core” EA franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2019 23:28 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 0:19

by Bill Cooney

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Video game publisher EA Games revealed they’re putting more resources into Apex Legends and making it a “core franchise” after impressive player count numbers in 2019.

Apex Legends was an instant hit when it released out of nowhere on February 4, 2019 – thanks in part because it’s free to play and its popularity of Twitch, plus the game is just fun to play.

Though it couldn’t sustain it’s initial Twitch numbers Apex is still a go-to on the platform, and the battle royale seems to have had no trouble attracting regular players as well.

Apex Legends is now a “core” franchise

On Twitter the game celebrated 70 million players worldwide with a special video and thanks to the community that made the milestone happen.

Since Apex has released the game has introduced three new legends (Octane, Wattson and Crypto) along with limited-time events and even a new map, which has helped to keep things fresh for players.

EA also announced they had made Apex Legends a “core franchise” and that they were adding additional developers to the team.

Whether additional developers mean more content like maps, cosmetics, additional modes, gameplay updates, or something else entirely remains to be seen.

Video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmad also noted that EA still had plans for Apex on mobile, additional platforms, esports support and officially releasing the game in China.

When will Apex Legends be coming to Steam?

EA games confirmed on October 29 that it’s “core” multiplayer titles – including Apex Legends, FIFA, and Battlefield V – would become available on both Origin and Steam sometime in 2020.

Of course, EA is set to come out with its own game streaming service – EA Access – sometime around Spring 2020, which could be when Apex heads to Steam and Origin as well.

Whenever the game comes to Steam or other platforms, it’s clear EA is putting plenty of support into Apex for the foreseeable future.

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Who is Fuse in Apex Legends? Season 8 Legend abilities, release date, origin story

Published: 18/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 21:13

by Calum Patterson

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Fuse has finally been confirmed as the new Legend that will be added in Season 8 of Apex Legends, and while his abilities have not been revealed yet, there are quite a few leaks and teasers that give a good idea as to what they are.

Apex Legends Season 8 – called Mayhem – is expected to drop around the two-year anniversary of the game’s launch, on February 2, 2021, and along with the flurry of new content and changes comes a brand new Legend, Fuse.

Fuse will have a lot of expectations to live up to, as the most recent new character, Horizon, released in the strongest state of any post-launch character.

Whether this new recruit will instantly become part of the meta remains to be seen, but their leaked abilities might give us some indication. Here’s everything we know about the next character in line to be added.

Who is the Season 8 Legend?

Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8.
Respawn Entertainment
Meet Fuse, the new Legend for Apex Legends Season 8!

After weeks of speculation, Respawn finally announced on January 18 that Fuse would indeed be the new Legend added for Season 8: Mayhem. They describe the character as one that “doesn’t lack confidence, but often lacks a plan. He’s a blow-up first ask-questions-later kinda guy.”

Fuse’s origin story is quite an explosive one; he’s from a planet called Salvo and made a name for himself winning pit fights and other similar fighting competitions. Eventually, it gets revealed that he’s been chosen to compete in the Apex Games, a decision that his longtime (and jealous) friend doesn’t appreciate.

In the S8 ‘Stories from the Outlands’ video, Fuse and his friend get into a skirmish until she tosses a grenade between them, with the subsequent explosion costing the explosives expert his arm, which is why he sports a robotic one in the Apex Games.

What are Fuse’s abilities? Leaks & teasers

As mentioned above, Respawn did not reveal Fuse’s ability kit when announcing him as the S8 Legend, so we’ll have to wait until the devs decide to roll out those details. Until then, there’s enough info out there, in leaks and teasers, for us to piece the puzzle together a bit.

From the character’s name and marketing, it’s clear that his abilities feature explosives and explosions, which makes sense considering that in-game teasers already suggest as much. Here’s a look at the teaser for his Ultimate.

This ability was part of a leak that surfaced in early 2021 containing the Legend’s other powers. The Ult is apparently going to be named Firebomb (fitting, considering the teaser above) while his Tactical is called Projectile Grenade, likely involving that golden grenade he’s shown with throughout the trailer.

  • Tactical: Projectile Grenade
  • Ultimate: Firebomb

Sound files for the abilities were also found and leaked by Biast12.

What’s perhaps most interesting is that these abilities seem to line up with a Legend concept that was first posted back in May 2019 on Reddit – with the name of the concept also called ‘Fuse’.

This concept by a fan was also called an ‘explosives expert’, so it seems possible that Respawn could have taken inspiration from this character idea. This is what the concept looked like (note this is a fan-made concept – not the official Fuse Legend).

Fuse concept in Apex Legends
Reddit: u/designty
This fan-made concept for a Legend called Fuse was very popular back in 2019.

It won’t be long until Respawn reveal the official names and details for all three of Fuse’s abilities, but these leaks and teasers give us a pretty clear idea of the type of character he will be in the Apex Games.

For more information about next season, including the new weapon and Kings Canyon map changes, make sure to check out our Season 8 Mayhem info page.