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Mysterious QR code found in Apex Legends has players puzzled

Published: 9/Nov/2019 0:42 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 1:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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Players have found an unexplained QR code in Apex Legends‘ new Firing Range training area, and no one seems to know what it’s for.

There are a lot of reasons for why Apex Legends is one of the most popular online games today, and one of the things that developers Respawn Entertainment have done really well is keep players intrigued with the various easter eggs they’ve planted in the game.

That did not change when Season 3: Meltdown launched on October 1, and even Senior Level Designer Rodney Reece himself has come out and said that there are still plenty of undiscovered secrets on the new World’s Edge map.

The latest example of this is the QR code that players have noticed exists in the Firing Range area of the game – the totally revamped practice arena that was recently introduced via the v3.1 update.

The code is located on the bottom base of the dummy targets that players can practice shooting at, and was brought into the spotlight via user ‘nah_ill_pass_’ on Reddit. 

There’s a tiny QR code on the bottom of the flip-up dummies in the firing range. The code won’t scan and I haven’t had luck trying to digitally clean up the image. Anyone know where this leads to? from r/apexlegends

QR codes, of course, are unique black-and-white patterns fitted into a square that mobile devices have the capability of scanning for more information or a link to a website. 

The problem with this specific one, however, is that no one has been able to scan it yet. At first glance, the obvious reason for this would seem to be the dirt that’s covering it in-game, however the user that found it tried editing out the stain and was still unable to get it to read.

And for those wondering whether the message next to the code is important, it’s actually just a generic safety warning that the developers added to increase the authenticity of the game: “APEX TARGETS, USE RESPONSIBLY. ALWAYS USE EAR PROTECTION AND EYE PROTECTION WHEN USING GUNS.”

Respawn EntertainmentThe mysterious QR code was found in Apex Legends’ new Firing Range, which is a totally revamped version of the previous training area.

Once this started getting attention on Reddit, one user pointed out that this wasn’t the first time that Respawn had done something involving QR codes.

In fact, the previous version of the training ground, before it was revamped into the current Firing Range, also included a similar code next to an identical warning message.

Respawn EntertainmentThis isn’t the first time that Respawn have added a QR code in Apex Legends.

However, the difference with that one was that it could be scanned, and it simply provided a link to the official Apex Legends website, whereas the new code doesn’t work at all.

That then begs the question of whether or not the fact that it can’t be scanned is actually an intentional move on the part of Respawn, who could be setting up these QR codes to work as possible future easter eggs, especially since we already know they’re into that kind of stuff.

The other likely explanation could be that the in-game dirt particles are simply rendering the code unreadable, and once someone does find a way to scan it then they will just be led to the Apex website like the previous one. 

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5 most underrated weapons in Apex Legends

Published: 24/Nov/2020 11:20

by James Busby

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The Apex Legends meta is constantly shifting and it can be tempting to use the overpowered Legends and weapons. Sometimes, though, it’s best to shake things up with some rather unconventional picks. Here, we break down 5 of the most underrated weapons you should be using.

Apex Legends’ Season 7 update has brought lots of exciting content to Respawn’s battle royale. Not only is there a new Legend that changes the way players handle combat, but there’s also a fantastic new map, Olympus. Using the best guns will certainly give you an edge, with, or against the new Legend and on the new map, but it won’t always guarantee you a win. 

Those that are willing to master a wide variety of weapons will usually be able to outgun any players that simply stick to meta. After all, every new update brings forward a wave of changes that bring certain guns into the top tier rankings. While the weapons below may not be the best in their individual categories, they do have a great deal of potential if you’re willing to give them a chance. 

M600 Spitfire

The M600 Spitfire in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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Don’t overlook the Spitfire in your next match.

Improvements have made the gun a much for viable choice as of today. This light machine gun has a huge magazine, and while it does have a lower rate of fire, it’s something that can aid in recoil when coupled with the accurate hip fire.

The magazine size can also be extended even further by using the level 3 Extended Heavy Mag, and benefits from the highest damage in one magazine. With a 2x headshot multiplier and high damage per shot, the Spitfire is a definite choice for players who are looking to break away from the current meta.

RE-45

RE-45 Gun in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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This pistol can be fantastic when equipped with the Quickdraw Holster.

A gun that initially saw very little favor in Apex’s primary season, Season 2 briefly introduced Disruptor Round Hop Ups. The addition took the gun to new heights and made it something that people had to take notice of. In season 3, however, this buff vanished. Ever since then, the RE-45 has never regained popularity amongst crowds who are looking to go with the meta and only use what’s most likely to get you a win. But with Season 7, however, this gun is definitely something that can be utilized well.

Season 7’s Quickdraw Holster can be utilized to push the gun further. With it, the gun can be raised and lowered faster, with reduced hip fire speed, and decreased ADS time. The other benefit is that unscoped shots will also hit for higher damage.

All of this means that the RE-45 is proving to players that it can be a viable choice again, and not something that’s discarded as quickly as it’s picked up.

EVA-8 Auto (Double Tap)

EVA-8 in the Apex Legends loadout menu
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This underdog shotgun can make short work of even the tankiest of foes.

The EVA-8 Auto is usually only used during the early-game when players are desperately scrambling for loot. In fact, this shotgun is barely seen at all during mid to late-game firefights. Instead, the majority of players often equip either the Mastiff or Peacekeeper when seeking out those close-quarters brawls. The gun is fully automatic, utilizing Shotgun Shells that fire 9 pellets in the shape of the number 8. 

With 0% leg damage reduction and a 15% drop in movement penalty when aimed, this shotgun is something underrated that can be taken advantage of. Combine this with the increased fire rate from the Epic Shotgun Bolt and two-shot burst from the Double Tap Trigger, and you have yourself an extremely powerful shotgun. 

Alternator

Alternator in the Apex legends loadout
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While it might be the weakest SMG in-game, utilizing it right can still provide you with an advantage.

Holding the spot of weakest SMG in the game for a while amongst many, this Light SMG didn’t receive any kind of buff in Season 7. Devs have recently stated that it’s in “a decent spot right now”. With a slow rate of fire, the gun does little in the way of DPS, and so it’s something many instantly drop as soon as they find a replacement. Though, for those learning the ropes of Apex, or for those who value a higher mag size, along with fantastic recoil – it’s a viable gun for those that aren’t consistently downing every enemy they come across.

When shooting, all you have to do with the gun’s recoil is drag it straight down. Coupled with fantastic spray control, it’s definitely something that can be utilized well if someone takes the time to engage and get used to it against the other weapons.

Sentinel

Sentinel in Apex Legends in the loadout menu

First arriving back in Season 4, this bolt-action rifle has a fantastic ability that allows it to consume two Shield Cells. This puts it into a temporarily overpowered state. With this state, every shot is a guaranteed 100 damage to shields. Charging for this takes 5 seconds, with each shot reducing the 120-second timer by 15 seconds.

With fantastic abilities, but underrated abilities like opening doors by shooting handles, the Sentinel is an ideal choice. Coupled with penetrating bullets that allow you to hit multiple targets with only one shot, and a high projectile speed, you’re guaranteed to be rewarded for taking the time to experiment with this rifle.


Add these 5 underrated weapons to your arsenal, you’ll secure more kills, no matter the meta. Make sure you follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news and updates.