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Crypto finally makes an appearance in Apex Legends – Respawn respond

Published: 17/Sep/2019 20:08 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 15:43

by Alan Bernal

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The Apex Legends devs introduced the best look at the mysterious hacker Crypto after months of teases and hints for the upcoming character – and Respawn have added to the speculation themselves.

Respawn Entertainment is gearing up for its Season 3 launch in early October which could bring the next Legend into the Apex Games for players to compete with. Even though the devs have been quiet on the character, they’ve given plenty of clues for the Legend to hold fans over until his release.

But players might have just received the best look at what Crypto will look like when he finally hits the official servers since he’s been spotted deep inside Singh Labs Interior.

Respawn EntertainmentCrypto has slowly been revealed throughout the events of Season 2.

In a Reddit post, user ‘FrozenFroh’ highlighted Crypto in the middle of breaching yet another computer, but made a quick escape after noticing he’d been discovered.

Making their way through a debris-covered doorway, the player sees the character in his white jacket with his back turned. Though it seems like his robotic companion tips him off on the incoming player.

CRYPTO has appeared!!! He ran away! from r/apexlegends

It looks like Crypto’s Aerial Drone went into attack mode a bit too, as his middle sensor turned into a pin-point red dot similar to a HAL 9000.

Shortly after getting found out, Crypto quickly ends his hack leaving his signature digital mark on the screen above the computer console. As he dashes away his robotic companion takes a brief moment to realize they’re choosing flight instead of fight, and promptly follows suit.

FrozenFroh via RedditThe best look at Crypto so far in Apex Legends.

Respawn respond to Crypto’s first sighting

Shortly after the post made it to the front page of the community subreddit, a handful of developers responded, trying to throw players off the trail.

Producer Josh Medina simply replied ‘Who?’, playing coy, while another dev, Rayme Vinson joked that they may have in fact changed Crypto’s name to ‘Jimmy McHackington III’.

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Another developer joked that the leaked game files indicating that the name is definitely Crypto are actually a reference to Bitcoin, and nothing to do with the eleventh Apex Legend.

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While the newest teaser is brief in its presentation, it is by far the best look the Apex Legends community has seen of Crypto’s in-game character model.

There’s still a lot of unknown aspects about the upcoming Legend, but fans are already hyped on Respawn’s series of teasers leading up to the character’s release and what it could mean for the game’s future.

“Respawn has been upping their game in every aspect and has started being great at in-game teasers,” one user said. “Hope the improvements continue in every area. Including hot fixes, more items added to legendary skins, and the like.”

Crypto’s release is sure to bring a ton of renewed interest for the battle royale’s community who can’t wait to see how the hacker will influence the Apex Games.

Last updated September 18, 11:42AM EST.

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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!