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Apex Legends working on streamer mode & “significant changes” in Season 6

Published: 18/Jul/2020 11:12

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Josh Medina has said “significant changes” are coming in Season 6 as well as confirming they’re working on an “improved streamer mode” to help out content creators.

With Apex Legends’ fifth season winding down, fans of the battle royale title have been speculating about what is coming next when season six finally gets underway. There are plenty of rumors about a new character – mainly, Rampart – and even the possibility of a brand new map to explore.

Though Respawn and the Apex team have remained pretty tight-lipped on what is coming next, fans have been trying to find clues – in or out of the game. 

After quizzing a number of developers to try and drop a few hints, Josh Medina, a producer at Respawn, has hinted at big changes.

Olympus in Apex Legends
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This is an artist’s impression of Olympus, made for Loba’s trailer.

Responding to SoaR’s Kobi, an Apex Legends streamer, Medina promised that “stuff is coming” for the ‘dog days of summer’ before expanding on his one-sentence answer with a few more hints for season six. 

“Hopefully the stuff that’s coming helps motivate, cause there is gonna be some significant changes that should shake things up,” the Respawn dev tweeted, noting that streamers should finally get their long sought after streamer mode in the future as well.

“And yes, an improved streamer mode is on Josh’s list of stuff to push to the team but we got hands full with season 6 and 7.”

Currently, streamer mode will block out the names on other players, replacing them with generic names like Bangalore2050. Some streamers have asked that it extends to blocking your own name from view to others as well, to prevent stream sniping.

While the streamer mode is pretty self-explanatory – streamers should be able to hide their names to avoid stream sniping – the “significant changes” hint is little more up in the air.

That could easily be new mechanics, sweeping changes to the roster of Legends, or a new map that really blows everyone away. A new map has been heavily hinted at by Respawn themselves. 

However, fans will just have to keep an eye on what the devs tease closer to the start of season six.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.