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Crazy Apex Legends bug allows you to choose a new character mid-match

Published: 13/Jan/2020 4:07

by Brad Norton

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Despite being locked into a role before loading into any given lobby, a bizarre Apex Legends glitch is giving players the ability to swap characters once they’ve dropped into World’s Edge.

With 11 characters currently playable in Apex Legends, there’s always plenty of unique abilities to take with you in the next match. Choosing between the likes of Pathfinder’s powerful mobility or Wraith’s get-out-of-jail-free Dimensional Rift can often be a tricky decision however.

Thankfully, players might not have to deliberate much longer as a ridiculous new glitch allows you to swap your chosen character in the middle of a match and spawn in as any Legend in the heat of the moment.

Respawn Entertainment - Apex LegendsA look at the original character select screen before Wattson, Octane, and Crypto were introduced.

While players have unintentionally respawned as the wrong Legends in the past, this new glitch allows you to pick and choose from the full lineup of characters and change your appearance to match.

With 11 squads remaining in a January 12 match, ‘MegaMango2004’ was able to enter the character select screen while still in-game. From here, they were then able to select a new Legend and completely alter their appearance in the game.

Previews failed to load for each character when hovering over their respective icons in-game, indicating the bug absolutely wasn’t an intended aspect of the match. Despite this, the player was able to crack their knuckles as Mirage and don the gloves of Octane all in a matter of seconds.

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Maintaining their loadout regardless of which Legend they swapped to, the player outlined how the bug was essentially random. With no clearcut means in which to replicate the character-changing effect in-game, it seems as though the glitch was a freak occurrence.

“I didn’t mean to do it but I was in the firing range and was invited by my friends to play and this happened,” the player explained.

There’s no telling how MegaMango2004 even figured out they were able to change characters in the first place. However, there’s no denying being able to use different abilities to the Legend you’re playing as would throw any opposing squad for a loop.

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Before the random glitch took over, the player was cruising through an ordinary match as Bloodhound.

Respawn Entertainment has yet to respond to the bizarre glitch, however, if players continue to exploit the feature with greater prevalence, they’ll have no choice but to implement a bug fix in the immediate future.

With the fourth season of Apex right around the corner, perhaps a new character is on the way that could give players another option to pick from with this quirky, but probably game-breaking gameplay bug.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!