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Clever Apex Legends rework would make Lifeline the ultimate healer

Published: 24/Apr/2020 10:36

by Joe Craven

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One Apex Legends player has devised an incredible overhaul of Lifeline’s in-game abilities, which would see the Worlds Edge medic fully returned to her former glory. 

While Lifeline has long been an immensely popular pick in Apex Legends, some fans argue she’s not all she used to be. Despite actually receiving a buff in early April, many have argued it’s fairly pointless given the slim chances of receiving a useful item in a blue supply bin.

Now, one Apex Legends fan has grown tired of Lifeline drifting away from relevancy, and has devised a pretty major overhaul of her abilities.

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Lifeline’s buff gave her access to specific healing supply bins.

Shared to the Apex Legends subreddit on April 23, the fan’s proposals constitute a pretty major overhaul of nearly all Lifeline’s abilities. The only ability to remain the same is her Tactical – the D.O.C drone.

Her current Passive ability, ‘Combat Medic’, is replaced by ‘Real Combat Medic’. The new proposal constitutes a buff to the ability, seeing the aforementioned D.O.C drone come in to finish the revival of any teammate.

Similarly, her Ultimate care package ability is done away with, replaced by the ‘Circle of Trust’. “Teammates within the vicinity are hit with three healing pulses, each one providing 25 health,” the proposal says. “You have full mobility during the pulses so you don’t have to stop moving.”

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The Lifeline changes, compared to her current abilities in Apex Legends.

The Redditor delved a little bit deeper into how each new ability would work: “Passive – I envision a custom animation where Lifeline uses DOC like a defibrillator… Ultimate – I envision a green circle on the ground similar to Bloodhounds old scan, prior to each pulse giving away that its coming.”

While there are no guarantees Respawn are lining up a rework for Lifeline, the post’s popularity suggests there is a demand for it in the player base.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.