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Knockdown Shields left “useless” after Apex Legends Season 6 update

Published: 24/Aug/2020 15:07

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends fans are growing increasingly frustrated with Knockdown Shields not working as intended following the Season 6 patch – with some claiming that they’re completely useless. 

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 6, fans of Respawn’s incredibly popular battle royale were finally given the chance to play as Rampart, while also getting their hands on Titanfall’s Volt SMG. 

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However, despite all the changes, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows following the update. Players have been reporting growing issues with connecting to games, being able to teleport under the map, and even seeing a revive bug rear its head. 

On top of those, however, it looks as if the recent patch has also caused a few issues with the knockdown shields – which isn’t great news if you’re trying to defend yourself on the ground. 

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Knockdown Shields are usually incredibly important in Apex.

While the Knockdown Shield is supposed to deflect enemy attacks, be that bullets or punches, while you’re waiting for a helping hand, it seems as that isn’t actually the case.

Reddit user reallybigsillywilly labeled the shields as a “scam” because, during one of their recent games, they were punched to elimination despite holding up a blue knockdown shield.

The blue shield, which is supposed to repel 450 points of damage, could barely withstand two punches before the Revenant player was eliminated from the game.

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Though, they aren’t just the only one. Fellow Redditor bladefinor pointed out that they’d experienced similar only a few days earlier. 

Others claimed that the shields, outside of the gold ones which allow you to revive yourself once, aren’t even worth picking up because they aren’t working as they’re supposed to. 

Even though Respawn regularly chimes in when the subreddit points out problems, they haven’t done so as of writing, so it remains to be seen as to whether or not they address the problems with the shields.

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Apex Legends leaks reveal ‘Arena’ game mode finally on the way

Published: 15/Oct/2020 2:48 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 2:49

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn could finally be adding a new “Arena” game mode to Apex Legends as soon as Season 7, according to new datamined code added to the backend of the battle royale’s main menu in the recent Aftermarket update.

The datamined code in question details a new “Arena” mode, accessible through the Apex Legends main menu. These code strings, shared by Shrugtal on Oct. 13, seem to be linked to the battle royale’s playlist UI (user interface) in the loading lobby.

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“Code was added with the 6.1 patch to support UI slots on the “Play” Menu for a new “Arena” mode,” Shrugtal confirmed.

Right now, the string for “arenas_mode” is set to “false,” suggesting at some point in the future that option will be flicked on. There’s also an “if(DEV)” string in there too; meaning playtesters may already have their hands on the new mode.

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The question we’re left with in regards to the “Arena” mode is; what is it?

Shrugtal seems to offer up a few answers, which we here at Dexerto are inclined to agree with. If Apex Legends really is adding a ‘Team Deathmatch’ style playlist, it won’t be exactly like the Titanfall 2 playlists of old, we can assume.

Instead, it may be some variant of the new Flashpoint limited-time mode which debuted in the Aftermarket update.

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Shrugtal theorized⁠—and we should mention these were just suggestions, not more leaks⁠—it could be a “smaller squads mode”. It may also have some “Flashpoint-style healing” thrown into the “Arena” mix as well, to replace respawn stations.

The new Apex Legends 'Flashpoint' mode could be a percussor to the "Arena" playlist.
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The new Apex Legends ‘Flashpoint’ mode could be a precursor to the “Arena” playlist.

Skulltown to return in “Arena” playlist?

If Apex Legends really is adding an “Arena” playlist in the next few seasons, the battle royale is going to, of course, need some smaller maps to host the game mode on.

One perfect option is Skulltown, which the developers have admitted they do want to bring back in one form or another. The tight street area would be perfect for a fast-paced, smaller squads-focused Arena game mode, if Respawn went that way.

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Other good areas from across Kings Canyon and World’s Edge include Capitol City, which was destroyed in Season 4, or Apex’s ever-popular Sorting Factory. Slum Lakes, Market, The Train Yard, and more are also solid options for smaller maps.

Skull Town would make a perfect "Arena" map in Apex Legends.
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Skull Town would make a perfect “Arena” map in Apex Legends.

Considering this leak is only a small main menu UI update, however, there’s no clues to what the potential “Arena” game mode may actually look like. Right now, we’ll have to wait and see!

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As for when it could be released, that’s got a big question mark slapped on it, for now. It’s still in testing, so Season 7 is the earliest it could arrive. Season 8 may even be a more realistic prediction though, considering development time.

For now, sit tight Apex Legends fans; an “Arena” mode is finally on the way!