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Next Apex Legends map potentially teased in Season 5 trailer

Published: 6/May/2020 10:32

by David Purcell

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Respawn Entertainment might be taking Apex Legends players to a brand new map real soon, based on some potential teasers spotted in the Season 5 launch trailer. 

There has been no official confirmation of a new map being included in the battle royale title’s next major update just yet. Although, even if the landscape of the Apex Games doesn’t change in S5, this could be an indication about the next destination for legends.

In the past, there has been speculation about whether or not a new planet might be explored in the coming months, and now some fans now think they have been given their biggest clue yet about those ideas coming to fruition.

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Back in Season 3, Apex Legends players thought Psamathe might be the next map – but it turned out they were wrong.

After EA revealed the game’s latest trailer on May 5, eagle-eyed players spotted something very interesting about one particular frame of the video. There has been a mention of another known planet in the series’ solar system, and that planet is the homeworld of Octane – Psamathe.

It might actually be a familiar name for veteran players. Back in Season 3, some were left thinking the same thing as they are now, after Respawn revealed a blog post mentioning Psamathe. The specific phrase said: “Images of the disaster (in Kings Canyon) have been splashed across holoscreens from Solace to Psamathe.”

We now know that World’s Edge was to be the new map on that occasion, but based on some screen grabs of the latest trailer, things might be different next time.

Will we be going to Psamanthe in future seasons? (S5 trailer spoiler) from apexlegends

Respawn teasing a new Apex Legends map?

As seen in the post above, from user PoetryBonesGabby, the island of Psamathe has been mentioned once again. The text mentions a production facility that’s based there and for all we know so far, we might soon get a chance to see it.

If you can’t make out what the text says there, you can check it out in the full trailer (timestamped at 1:01), or check out the closeup below.

While showing off Loba, the trailer featured a short scene where she fires at a face behind glass. In one shot, we can see that the text: “Psamathe production facility 819 powered up. Standing by to retrieve. Transfer complete.”

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Here’s what the potential teaser says.

As noted, Respawn are yet to confirm the arrival of a new map for Apex Legends Season 5, which kicks off on May 12. So, it’s possible this is little more than a simple nod to another planet in the Titanfall universe, for no particular reason.

However, this could be the first teaser for the next map added to the battle royale title – either soon, or in the future. Only time will tell.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.