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Does Loba’s new Apex Legends teaser hint at a Warzone-style Gulag?

Published: 2/May/2020 10:45

by Andy Williams

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Following the confirmation of Loba’s upcoming Season 5 debut, some fans are speculating that Apex Legends could be taking a leaf out of Warzone’s book with a potentially game-changing feature.

Respawn dropped a bombshell on April 30, after they all but confirmed Loba for Season 5 with her cinematic reveal and in-game cameos.

But alongside a new Legend (with some inevitable storyline twists to accompany her), could there also be a big change coming to the way the battle royale’s respawn system works?

Loba's cryptic message in Apex Legends.
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One of the in-game teasers teleports you to Loba’s lair, but is there more to this than meets the eye?

Is Loba’s lair a Gulag?

Prominent data miner, ‘iLootGames,’ discovered Loba’s new lair in their recent YouTube video. After the loot bunker has been ransacked, a cryptic message beams from a hologram reading: “Want your treasure back? Come see me!”

While at first this just appears like nothing more than just a quirky message, the data miner later finds a bracelet that teleports them to what is being dubbed as Loba’s hidden lair.

Filled to the brim with Titanfall-esque androids on either side of the long, single-lane bridge, there could be more to Loba’s lair than initially meets the eye. The secret underground location would be perfect for a fight to the death — Gulag style!

On a side note, the underground den is supposedly located just north of Skull Town, on Kings Canyon! Meaning that Loba might have devised a teleport system to allow her to easily move from one location to another.

While yes, this all seems very abstract at first, it wouldn’t be surprising if the whole idea of a Gulag was welcomed with open arms in the Apex Games — adding a fascinating spin on how respawning would work.

Imagine… Your Death Box has timed out and you’re no longer able to play a part of the game, so you have to spectate. Unless, you can be pitted in a last chance saloon on the narrow bridge inside Loba’s lair to earn your place back in either Kings Canyon or World’s Edge!

Of course, Respawn has made some revolutionary changes to the Battle Royale genre with their innovative in-game ping mechanics and respawn system, so surely the developers could look towards their counterparts in bid to change the meta for Season 5.

For now though, this is purely speculation, so don’t get your hopes up too much.

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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.