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Apex Legends store update finally makes skins more affordable

Published: 19/Sep/2019 14:02 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 16:49

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Apex Legends, has been praised by members of the game’s online community for making a long-requested change to the in-game store.

Apex Legends developers Respawn have been praised for their game design, but one facet of the popular battle royale title has angered players – microtransactions.

This reached a fever pitch following the launch of the Iron Crown event, which saw the most unforgiving microtransaction system added, with players rolling the dice (and spending a lot of money) for a chance to get the cosmetics they actually wanted.

Single weapon and character skins typically set players back a whopping $18.

Of course, Apex Legends is a free-to-play game, meaning microtransactions are absolutely necessary for the game to be viable commercially, but there are still complaints that the system has been too expensive or unfair to players.

For example, a weapon skin in the item store will set players back 1,800 Apex coins – equivalent to $18 – for a single, one-weapon-exclusive skin. Since launch in February, there have been frequent complaints that this price was far too high.

But, on September 19, the store introduced some major price slashes, cutting the price of legendary skins by 50%, down to only 900 coins, and players thanked the devs “for listening.”

Now this is something I can get behind. Thank you for listening. from r/apexlegends

It’s only a temporary sale, so don’t expect the price of skins and cosmetics to stay this low, but having more frequent sales and the increase in free skins following the Iron Crown event controversy are certainly two big steps in the right direction.

With Season 3 expected to launch in October, with a new legend and more map changes, there will undoubtedly be more cosmetics and an update to the store.

When controversy struck in August, Respawn admitted that they “missed the mark” and broke their promise to players to have a monetization system “that felt fair and provided choice to players on how they spent their money and time.”

RespawnSkins were added in the Iron Crown event – but players had a hard time acquiring them.

Although some players still said the price was high even at $9, there must be a balance at some level, so as to ensure the game can survive and is profitable.

Most fans were just happy to see their voices were being heard, and it is a very positive sign for more frequent sales in the future, hopefully throughout Season 3.

Respawn is still set to make good on the promise that there will be more ways to unlock skins, and the new challenge system added for Season 2 has certainly helped in that area, and will surely return for the next season too.

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Apex Legends player finds bug that makes Lifeline’s drones unbreakable

Published: 1/Dec/2020 1:00 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 1:35

by Bill Cooney

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An Apex Legends player discovered a new bug the hard way when Lifeline’s Drone acted indestructible when they tried to shoot through it to get to an enemy, failing miserably.

Lifeline has been in Apex since day 1, and has been a go-to legend ever since primarily for her powerful healing abilities. Even though we’ve had well over a year to learn her kit, some bugs are still popping up.

We all know the futility of trying to attack a Lifeline’s shield while she rezzes a teammate, but it’s also worth noting that a new bug is turning her healing drone invulnerable, making it impossible to destory.

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Name a better Apex Legends duo, we’ll wait.

That’s right, while it may be small, with the bug it sure is mighty, though to be fair you don’t often see the Drone being used as cover, because so far it’s been destructible.

So, the clip below can really teach us two lessons here: think twice before shooting through the drone, and that Lifelines should think about crouching behind it whenever possible, because you never know, right?

In the shot, Reddit user TheChapelOfWhite comes upon the unsuspecting healer and seems to be well on their way to an easy kill. That is until they empty a full clip into the drone, which does nothing but alert the other player and their squad.

After that, ChapelOfWhite is unceremoniously cut down by Lifeline’s teammates who appear almost instantly to protect their support.

It turns out Lifeline drones are indestructible, I had no idea. from apexuniversity

It’s an embarrassing way to go out, that’s for sure, but instead of tossing their controller out the window and swearing off Apex for a few days as some would have done, they instead took to Reddit to post the clip of the apparent glitch.

With so many new legends added in between release and where we are now, it’s kind of crazy that this hasn’t happened, or at least been shared before. Lifeline is one of the most popular legends to play as well, so it is a bit wild we’re just now seeing this bug.