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Crypto receives message from long-lost sister in new Apex Legends teaser

Published: 1/Jul/2020 23:54 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 23:58

by Albert Petrosyan

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It appears that Crypto’s sister, Mila, is alive and well, as she’s sent a mysterious video message, visible only to her brother, in one of the new Apex Legends bunkers.

Aside from its electric gameplay and various other unique aspects, Apex Legends is also known for its fascinating lore, which extends deeply into each character’s backstory and origin.

Crypto, as his name suggests, has always been one of the more mysterious Legends since being added in Season 3, as not much has been revealed about his past or why he joined the Apex Games.

According to Respawn Entertainment, the Surveillance Expert, whose real name is Tae Joon, has a sister named Mila, who “vanished under mysterious and violent circumstances,” leading many to believe that she was dead.

Respawn EntertainmentCrypto’s sister could be the key to Apex Legends fans finding more about the Surveillance Expert’s lore.

However, the latest teaser in Apex Legends suggests otherwise. Following the new map change that allows players to open loot bunker 2 on Kings Canyon, a message was found from someone who claims to be Mila addressed to her brother.

The video, which can only be played using Crypto’s drone, features the sister telling Tae Joon that she believed him to be dead and reveals a few details about the attack that separated the two.

“T, it’s Mi, I’m using the drone’s encryption protocol, only you can hear me,” she says. “They, whoever they are, they came to my place. I got away, but they caught up with me. I thought they were going to kill me. I thought they killed you.”

If the message seems incomplete, that’s probably because it is. When Crypto’s drone is loading up the video, you can see the screen show “loading message 1/3,” which clearly means that there are two other parts that Mila recorded and sent.

That’s… pretty much all we’ve got right now. There’s no indication when, or where, parts two and three will surface, although it’s most likely to be in another one of the loot bunkers that could be opened soon.

However, the official Apex Legends Twitter did post a cryptic tweet shortly after players found Mila’s recording, which shows what appears to by Crypto’s laptop confirming that it was indeed her speaking in the video. Kings Canyon is also featured in the GIF, so the map certainly seems to be tied in with whatever’s going on.

As for what this all means, there’s not much to go on, so only time will tell. We’ll probably need to see the next two parts of Mila’s video message to get a better idea of what’s coming, but there’s no doubt that fans will be excited at the prospect of learning more about Crypto’s origin, seeing as how he’s a fascinating character.

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news, updates, leaks, and more.

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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.