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Huge Octane buff idea is exactly what he needs in Apex Legends Season 4

Published: 8/Feb/2020 13:09

by Joe Craven

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One Apex Legends player has shared their suggestions for a buff to Octane, the adrenaline-fuelled legend who was added all the way back in Season One. 

Octane has grown to be one of Apex Legends’ most popular characters, as players enjoy his fast-paced gameplay. Despite being added in Season One, Octane has quickly caught up with and surpassed a number of the base legends in terms of popularity. 

However, as Apex turns one year old and its meta shifts, some players believe he needs an update to remain viable.

Octane kicks Mirage in Apex Legends
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Does Octane need a buff in Apex Legends?

With his current abilities, Octane’s stim allows him to move 30% faster for 6 seconds at the cost of 10 HP. However, the player’s recommendation is to buff every aspect of this. 

They propose the 30% increase lasting 8 seconds, as well as growing to a 40% increase in speed when running in a single direction. 

Similarly, they argue that Octane’s health recovery time should be halved. Currently, it takes 20 seconds for the 10 HP lost to be fully restored. However, the proposal from the player would cut this down to 10 seconds – a significant buff for Octane. 

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The proposed buff, in full.

However, not all the buffs proposed relate to Octane’s tactical stim shot ability. Improvements to his passive abilities would see Octane gain the ability to sprint while strafing, a feature that can only be improved by stocks for weapons. 

This would be complemented by the ability to shoot while sprinting, a feature that is not available for any legends in the game’s current build. 

Finally, in order to balance out the buffs, incoming damage to Octane would be increased by 5%.

The player argues that their significant buffs would bring Octane back, making him a “valuable and effective” member of any squad.

They point out that the buffs around shooting and strafing should probably only apply to certain weapon classes, as the idea of a sprinting Octane with an LMG would probably be far too strong. 

Regardless, there is no guarantee we’ll see any kind of buff to Octane, but it’s clear that fans are strong advocates of a stronger adrenaline-junkie. 

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Apex Legends dev reveals brutal finisher they scrapped from the game

Published: 30/Oct/2020 10:03

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends dev Moy Parra has revealed a finisher for Bloodhound that was scrapped before the launch of the battle royale – and it might be the most gruesome one we’ve seen.

With each new season in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment releases a new legend, tonnes of skins and cosmetics in the battle pass, and as we’ve seen more recently, quest lines to further the story of the Apex Games.

These new legends, skins, and items, as we’ve seen before, are typically in development way before they are released and end up finding their way onto the internet either through leaks or official reveals from Respawn themselves. 

However, there’s also a lot that gets left on the cutting room floor. Ideas for the legends that don’t quite fit, or skins that maybe don’t quite match some of the extravagant looks that already in-game. 

Bloodhound in Apex Legends
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Bloodhound has become one of Apex’s most powerful legends over the last few seasons.

The same goes for animations surrounding things like finishing moves. Typically, this can be because they cause bugs and other issues, but sometimes it can be because a move is way too over the top. 

Apex Legends dev Moy Parra, who has revealed some scrapped content before, showed off one of the scrapped finishers for Bloodhound that went a bit over the top. 

The dev showed that one of the initial ideas for Bloodhound would have the legend finish enemies off by sticking a pole into their head. If you think that sounds bad, it gets worse. The technological tracker would also pull on the pole, seemingly beheading their downed opponent. 

As Parra notes, that type of execution might have stuck around if Apex received a similar mature rating as Titanfall, but instead, the battle royale is only a Teen rated title. 

There might be some scope to add more finishers for each legend in the future, but they certainly won’t be as explicit as some of the first ideas that Respawn had.