An unreleased Finisher move for Mirage has been found in the Apex Legends game files, and many are convinced that it's meant to pay tribute to the iconic Joker character from the 1989 Batman film.
Finishers are animations in Apex Legends that involve each Legend performing a cinemtic execution on a downed enemy player as a way to eliminate them stylistically.
Each Legend has its own set of Finishers in the game, one of which is available as the default, and the rest can either be purchased from the in-game store or unlocked via loot boxes.
On April 28, a data-miner who goes by 'mnkymnk' on Reddit posted a video of what he claimed was an unreleased Finisher move for the Mirage.
The animation features Mirage doing several moves in front of the downed enemy player, while shooting his weapon several times throughout the whole sequence.
Here is another look at the leaked Finisher, this time featuring one of the Mirage's decoys also participating in the execution.
Upon seeing this leaked Finisher move on Reddit, fans of the 1989 Batman film immediately recognized it to be identical to the moves that Joker does when performing an execution during the iconic "You can call me Joker" scene.
The two sets of actions look so similar to each other, it would be hard to believe that the Apex Legends version was not influenced by that scene in any way.
In fact, you can be the judge yourself, by viewing a clip of the scene from the 1989 film below, which starred American actor Jack Nicholson as Joker.
Action starts at 1:25 mark for mobile users
For those that still may be doubting the connect, you simply need not to look any further than the actual file for the Finisher move found in the Apex Legends game files, which was supposedly named 'joker_execution.'
The specifics of the data-mining of this file, and other relevant information, can be found in the video below.
Now that we know this Joker-inspired Mirage finisher exists in the game files, the only question that remains is when it will be released.
While Respawn can pretty much release it any time they want, the most likely target date is probably the start of Season 2, as this Finisher could be part of the rewards offered in the new Battle Pass.
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