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“Game-breaking” Apex Legends banner bug stops players from looting

Published: 8/Jun/2020 16:17

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends players have uncovered a “game-breaking” glitch that causes them to lose their hands and prevents them from doing anything if they try to grab a respawn banner from a zipline.

While battle royale games all follow a similar formula, Apex Legends has broken the mold a little bit – bringing in features that have been copied elsewhere, like the loot vaults and respawn beacons. 

These respawn beacons actually give players who have been downed and, eventually eliminated, a second chance in the match – provided that a teammate can claim their banner from their death box in the time given. It’s usually a simple enough process, made easier by using a legend like Crypto and his drone. Yet, some players have been running into problems.

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Apex introduced the respawn beacons and other battle royales followed suit.

The new issue was revealed by Reddit user IncomingFrag, who showcased a video from a recent game where they had attempted to rescue a teammate’s banner from a rooftop in World’s Edge’ Fracture East location.

As the death box was sat at the top of an elevator shaft, the Redditor bounced around and used the zipline there to try and avoid enemy fire – given that the banner was so close to the shaft’s exit. IncomingFrag managed to retrieve the banner after a few seconds, but moments later their hands had gone missing.

Found a game breaking glitch. Dont try to zip and grab a banner because you will lose your hands. from apexlegends

As seen in the video, the Redditor’s HUD is completely normal – showing that they had weapons equipped and ready to use – yet, they are unable to wield them. Instead, running around the map without hands.

In a bid to try and respawn their fallen teammates, seeing if that, perhaps, reset their missing hands, IncomingFrag attempted to use a Respawn Beacon but was unable too. The player was eventually eliminated as they couldn’t defend themselves.

Other players noted how strange the problem was upon seeing it, with some reporting it to Respawn in order to try and get it fixed.

The glitch hasn’t yet appeared on the developer’s Trello board of issues so it remains to be seen as to whether or not they are aware of it and if they can get a fixed worked out.

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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


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.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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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!