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First in-game look at Rampart leaked ahead of Apex Legends Season 6

Published: 14/Aug/2020 8:33 Updated: 14/Aug/2020 8:37

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends players have finally got their first proper look at Rampart in-game ahead of the Season 6 update, thanks to a now-deleted leak that revealed the new Legend’s model and icon on the battle royale character-select screen.

The new Rampart image, which was originally posted by Reddit user ‘americobatista’ before being deleted, reveals the Season 6 legend casually standing ready on the Apex Legends character select screen.

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The debutant’s model appears quite similar to her appearance in the “Boosted Launch” trailer released last week. Her turret, nicknamed “Sheila,” can be spotted hooked onto her back. The legend’s ‘R’ logo is stamped on her shoulder plate.

Rampart’s character icon can also be spotted behind the player-select cursor. The Season 6 Legend’s small splash-art seems to line up with the leaked imagery we got our hands on in early August, bubblegum and all.

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Finally, the leaked Apex Legends select screen confirms Rampart is set to become the battle royale’s fourth defensive option behind Gibraltar, Caustic, and Wattson.

What the leaked image tells us about Rampart

There are a few things we can learn right off the bat from the leaked Rampart image too. The main one is that her moniker will be the “Base of Fire”. That seems to play into her defensive, turret-based style of Apex Legends gameplay.

The second is that it looks like Rampart won’t have to call in her turret when she wants to deploy it mid-battle. Many Apex Legends fans were expecting a similar system to Lifeline’s care package ultimate, where it takes time to land.

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Instead, Rampart appears to be carrying Sheila around on her back. The machine gun may still take some time to deploy after using the Legend’s ultimate, of course. Keep that in mind when you get into your first game.

The new Apex Legend leaks have confirmed Rampart will be a defensive Legend.
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New Apex Legend leaks have confirmed Rampart will be a defensive Legend.

What we know about Rampart so far

We already know a lot about Rampart ahead of her August 18 release date. The new Apex Legends heroine has a turret named Sheila, which is likely to be her ultimate ability. She also builds solid steel barriers for her teammates.

Respawn treated Apex Legends fans to their first look at the Season 6 legend’s abilities in action in the “Endorsement” trailer this week. Rampart shows off her potential tactical and ultimate abilities in the animated short.

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The last leak we had on her potential abilities were as follows:

  • Tactical: ‘Amped Cover’ ⁠— Build cover with an upper barrier that blocks incoming shots and boosts the damage of outgoing shots.
  • Ultimate: ‘Emplaced HMG’ ⁠— Place a mounted machine gun that anyone can use. High ammo capacity, long reload time.
  • Passive: ‘Cover Fire’ ⁠— Firing from the Amped Cover overcharges your damage.

Apex Legends writer Tom Casiello went out of his way to, at least partially, debunk these leaks, however. They do seem to line up with the abilities on-show in the new Rampart trailer, but take them with a grain of salt.

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Rampart opens fires on the intruders with
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Rampart opens fires with her turret “Sheila” in the Season 6 trailer.

It’s also now been confirmed Rampart is working with former Titanfall 2 antagonist Kuben Blisk in some capacity. The Apex Predator mercenary, who founded the battle royale in-game, recruits her after her heroics in the trailer.

Rampart’s official reveal will happen as part of the Season 6 launch. The update will go live next week, on Tuesday, August 18; we’ll have all the news and guides on @TitanfallBlog when the seasonal update finally drops.

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Respawn apologize for confusing Apex Legends Pathfinder Grapple “buff”

Published: 9/Oct/2020 4:22

by Andrew Amos

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Pathfinder mains thought they were going to be graced with a buff in the Apex Legends Aftermarket update. However, it proved to actually be a nerf. Respawn have apologized for this, and are looking at making things right with a new rework.

Pathfinder’s Grapple was updated during the Aftermarket update on October 6 to include a new cooldown timer that works based off the distance you traveled.

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Instead of it being a flat 35 seconds anymore, it would scale from 10 seconds to 35 seconds. Respawn were aiming to encourage players to use shorter grapples to move around gunfights, instead of the flashier long-range ones.

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Pathfinder was set to be buffed in the Aftermarket update. Instead, it was a nerf.

“This both buffs Path a little less for the scariest robot players out there and it also opens up room for extra skill expression: can you find useful short-distance grapples that’ll give you a shorter CD but still do something good for you,” they said in the patch notes.

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However, the changes fell flat big time. The max range grapple distance was too short in getting the timer up to 35 seconds. On top of that, changes to when the timer started ticking ⁠— from landing instead of from initial cast ⁠— meant the cooldown was theoretically longer.

Respawn have acknowledged their faults though. The devs have stated that they weren’t expecting the changes to be solely buffs, saying he’s “just too powerful” to consider a wide-sweeping upgrade.

“This isn’t purely a buff. If we gave you that impression, that’s on us and I apologize. There wasn’t room to give Pathfinder a change that would be a buff in all contexts. He’s just too powerful,” Respawn designer Daniel Klein told players on Reddit.

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Instead, the Apex Legends dev teams are looking towards a new rework to hopefully fit Pathfinder players’ needs. They are being conservative though, in case they make him a bit too powerful.

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“I’ve got follow-up changes already in playtesting. Because Path is so very powerful I wanted to be extremely conservative in my first swing at this and see how it affects his power on live.”

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Klein also encouraged Pathfinder players to experiment with their grapples. “I really hope that players will experiment a little bit with short distance grapples that actually help in combat. I understand that’s not the exciting thing you wanna do when you play Pathfinder though.”