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Apex Legends writer reveals that AI Pathfinder bots are coming

Published: 17/Jun/2020 23:39 Updated: 17/Jun/2020 23:41

by Alan Bernal

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Apex Legends is soon going to have a much stronger presence of Pathfinder-like robots called MRVNs that were prominently featured in the Titanfall franchise, according to Respawn Entertainment writer Tom Casiello

It’s unclear when MRVNs are coming to Apex or how they would be integrated into the story, but Tom Casiello revealed that they were planned for Season 4 but a change of course in development delayed their appearance. That said, he did emphasize the mechanical automatons would make their way to the battle royale in the future.

Players already have reason to believe the next event will be centered around Crypto in some capacity, but the writer explained how the latest season was “almost” going to be inhabited by Mk. III’s.

Casiello revealed previous ideas that the studio had which included new voice lines for Pathfinder and his robotic brethren in the game, whenever they were in a position to interact.

“Fun fact – we almost had MRVNs in World’s Edge in Season 4, and even recorded lines for Pathfinder to say to them,” Casiello said in reply to a question asking about Pathfinder’s lore with other bots of his kind. “Plans changed for various reasons, but when those guys finally DO show up, you can bet Pathfinder will have something to say to them!”

As one of the Apex Games more chatty Legends, Pathfinder would presumably have a lot to say to his lookalikes since the reason that the Forward Scout first joined the competition to find out more about his own past.

Casiello’s comments have spurred speculation of a possible Town Takeover for Pathfinder in the future, although he could also be hinting at a major shift in the Apex story that brings an MRVN crew to the Arena.

MRVNs could be commonly seen in Titanfall, Respawn’s studio staple before their breakout battle royale hit. They are near identical to Pathfinder, who is a MRVN unit with a heightened level of self-awareness which eventually led him to the Arena.

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MRVNs could routinely be seen in Titanfall 2.

The connection between MRVNs, Pathfinder, and Apex Legends lies with Hammond Robotics, the company that operates in the Outlands and has, so far, played a major role in the game’s lore.

Hammond created MRVNs, and subsequently Pathfinder, to perform various tasks in the background, and could perform a similar job if they were to come to Apex, although it remains to be seen how that’ll fit in the overall scope of the BR.

Time will tell how Casiello and the Apex Legends devs decide to integrate the Titanfall fan-favorite bots, but the team already knows that Pathfinder will be looking forward to their arrival with some new sets of his usually-witty dialogue lines.

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Apex Legends Horizon actor reveals bizarre way she helped make Season 7

Published: 25/Nov/2020 14:48

by Jacob Hale

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The voice actor behind Apex Legends’ newest character, Horizon, has revealed the bizarre conditions in which she provided the voice, and it’s crazy to see where our favorite Scot came from.

Horizon was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 7, bringing a new set of abilities to the game, alongside new map Olympus.

The Gravitational Manipulator has been an instant hit with fans, so much so that we actually ranked her as one of the best legends in the game in our Season 7 tier list, behind only Wraith, Gibraltar and Bloodhound.

So, for such a fantastic character, Apex fans might expect a large-budget, Hollywood-esque production to get her voice lines and general character perfect… but that wasn’t the case.

Horizon Apex Legends Season 7
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Horizon has been an instant hit in Apex Legends.

Season 7 launched on November 4, 2020, and after letting the dust settle a bit, Horizon voice actor Elle Newlands shared a brilliant video from when she was recording for the character.

Clearly excited, this is about as 2020 as it gets, as Newlands was confined to a tiny closet to get her work done.

“I had to capture this for posterity,” she started excitedly. “I just stepped out of my closet, it’s July 17, I’m in Los Angeles in a 2-foot by 3-foot closet where I have my little recording booth, and I just recorded facial recognition and voiceover for Season 7 of Apex Legends, and I’m the voice of Horizon… Aah!”

Clarifying that it was for the Season 7 trailer, Elle said she is “so excited” to be in the game, calling the fact that she’s doing it all from home “amazing.”

It goes without saying that it is amazing what Elle and the wider Respawn crew have managed to pull off, in her own words, to “keep the entertainment flowing” despite all the issues the world has been facing in 2020.

If this can be done in a 2x3ft closet in someone’s home, we can’t imagine the possibilities for characters in the future of Apex.