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Did Shroud hint at the release date for Apex Legends Season One?

Published: 1/Mar/2019 9:56 Updated: 1/Mar/2019 10:16

by Joe O'Brien

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Popular streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek might have hinted at when Apex Legends’ Season One will be starting.

Much like Fortnite, which set the standard for battle royale games in many ways, Apex Legends will have a continuous schedule of new content broken up into “seasons”.

The first of these seasons is expected to kick off in March, but a precise date has not yet been announced by Respawn Entertainment, leaving fans to wonder whether the launch of Season One is days or weeks away.

During a recent stream, however, Shroud may well have let slip that the season could be starting almost immediately. During a stream on February 28, Shroud suggested that the update could arrive as soon as March 1, before  repeating rather suspiciously that he had “no knowledge.”

“I’m excited for the update for this game. Just wait, if it comes out tomorrow, it might, who knows, they might surprise you. I have no idea, I don’t know anything, I have no knowledge, I’ve never played this game before. Ever.”

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Shroud does in fact have insider knowledge about the upcoming Apex Legends season. Not only was he one of several popular streamers invited to play the game before release, he even claims to have directly influenced the game by suggesting a change to the weapon recoil that Respawn Entertainment ultimately implemented.

It’s entirely possible, then, that Shroud’s relationship with the Apex developers has let him in on exactly when the first season should be expected.

While Respawn Entertainment haven’t gone into a huge amount of detail about Apex Legends’ first season, some details are known.

The season will introduce new weapons, new loot, new Legends, and a battle pass that will offer access to additional cosmetics and Apex Legends packs. Each season is expected to last approximately three months.

The road map for the first year of Apex Legends.

Leaks have revealed “Octane” as a future Legend, and he appears likely to be one of the first new additions to the game’s roster. The L-STAR light machine gun was also leaked alongside the Havoc rifle, which has already been added to the game, so the L-STAR can be expected to join along with the new season.

Apex Legends has already smashed several player records, passing 25 million players just a week after the game’s launch, and the addition of new content less than a month after the games launch is likely to help keep the game on the incredible trajectory it’s followed so far.

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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.