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New SMG weapon leaked for Apex Legends Season 3

Published: 11/Sep/2019 16:10 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 18:16

by Calum Patterson

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With Apex Legends‘ third season fast approaching, leaks are beginning spill out as data miners access the game files to uncover unreleased content, and we now have a look at a new weapon expected for Season 3.

So far, only two new weapons have been added since launch – the Havoc energy rifle, and the L-Star (although the latter was only available in care packages).

This is a little thin for a free-to-play battle royale game, where new content is key to keeping players engaged, so it’s almost certain that a new weapon will be added soon, presumably alongside the launch of the new season, just like the L-Star.

New leaked Apex Legends weapon – Volt SMG

Prolific data miner @That1MiningGuy, who also leaked the name and contents of the Season 3 battle pass, has uncovered the model for a new SMG, inspired by Titanfall weapon ‘Volt’.

This compact SMG was an energy weapon in Titanfall 2, which would make sense as an Apex Legends addition, as we don’t have an energy SMG yet, only an Assault Rifle (Havoc), LMG (Devotion) and Sniper (Triple Take).

It’s unclear if the weapon will retain its Titanfall name, however. Other weapons from the series have had their names adjusted slightly, such as the ‘R-201’ becoming ‘R-301’, or the ‘R-97’ becoming the ‘R-99’.

That1MiningGuyModels for the Volt SMG in the game files.

The leaker, That1MiningGuy, dismissed suggestions from some fans that it could, in fact, be another Titanfall SMG, the CAR, which does admittedly look similar.

However, on close inspection of the models, it is clear that this new weapon in the Apex Legends game files is indeed the Volt.

Some have also suggested that the game files could simply be leftovers from Titanfall, as some assets were reused for Apex Legends.

However, as pointed out by the leaker, there are weapon skins for the Volt which are specific to Apex – meaning it can’t be a leftover asset.

Of course, as with all leaks, it’s subject to change, and these assets could still be in development. However, with Season 3 just around the corner, and a new weapon expected, it looks very much like the Volt energy SMG will be coming to Kings Canyon.

We can only hope that whatever the new weapon is, it isn’t left only to care packages, and is instead added to ground loot. Although the L-Star is very powerful, it’s limited in use as it has restricted ammo, and you’ll have to get lucky to find it in the first place.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.