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New Apex Legends bug allows players to down each other in drop ship

Published: 6/Nov/2019 1:37 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 3:02

by Andrew Amos


A bug in the latest Apex Legends v3.1 patch has meant that players can now down opponents before they even get the chance to land.

Imagine loading into a game of Apex Legends with your mates. You are getting ready to drop onto Worlds Edge, looking forward to a game filled with plenty of kills and intense action. 

Except, instead of dropping normally, your body flops aimlessly towards the ground, downed without a bit of health. That could be you in this current patch, as there’s an exploitable bug which allows players to down each other before they even drop onto the map. 

Respawn EntertainmentYou can now down enemies in the drop ship in Apex Legends.

Currently, as you load into game, you can run around and melee people in the drop ship. You can’t see where you are in the ship, or who you are meleeing, but it’s possible to land a few pot shots onto someone and down them before the game even starts. 

You can start meleeing from loading screen – even before the drop ship countdown is done – meaning you can down a couple of opponents in the fifteen seconds it takes to start the game.

If you and your partners are all downed in the drop ship, you will be eliminated from the game before it even starts. However, if you aren’t knocked in the ship, your health will refresh to full once you jump out to your preferred landing zone. 

This can have a major impact on the game. Instead of landing healthy and ready to loot, you must first stop to revive before getting equipment. Plus, if you get the chance to revive a downed ally as they land, they’ll only come back with the default 20 health.

That means you might not have adequate time to prepare for later rounds before the circle closes in, or leave you vulnerable to nearby teams who didn’t have to wait for a downed ally. You might also be lacking supplies, so you might not even have enough meds to top your mate up.

Respawn EntertainmentHaving to start the game off by reviving an ally doesn’t sound great.

Thankfully, Respawn Entertainment are aware of the bug and are working on a fix to be deployed as soon as possible, although there’s no current ETA on the patch. We will update you once a fix is released.

For now, players will have to be mindful of where they stand in the drop ship, and try and aimlessly run around to avoid getting knocked down before the game even starts.

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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!