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Octane buff in Apex Legends has unintended side-effect for healing

Published: 24/Jun/2020 21:37

by Alan Bernal

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The Lost Treasures Collection Event patch gave Octane a healthy speed boost in Apex Legends, but players are finding that it can negate the slow-effect of heals – something that might not be an intended feature of his Stim ability.

After the June 23 update, the Adrenaline Junkie’s Tactical ability now lets him remove movement impairing effects. Respawn Entertainment dev Daniel Klein further clarified these changes, saying that it was “more of a one-time cleanse when you pop the stim.”

Although, some are confused as to what the Stim protects against and Klein made clear that Octane could get slowed again even if his Tactical was activated. This threw off players after a video surfaced showing the Legend being able to heal without any impairments to his speed.

After playing around with the ability, one player found that Octane can negate the natural slows while using a heal, even after applying the syringe: “Octane’s slow removal works for heals! All aboard the Octrain!”

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An interaction like this would be extremely beneficial for Octane players, seeing how the Legend would be able to run laps around the Arena while popping Phoenix Kits and Shield Batteries.

The language used in the patch notes and Klien’s explanation for the Stim’s limitations make it clear that this isn’t an intended result from using his ability, but rather an unintended side-effect.

In fact, another developer put Octane players on notice, saying that this interaction was indeed a glitch in the Apex system and to get the most use out of it while it’s in the game.

Lead Game Designer at Respawn Entertainment Carlos ‘Pinedsman’ Pineda responded to a question involving the strange instance, and confirmed that “it’s a bug, enjoy it while you can!”

This presumably means the next patch will have a fix preventing Octanes from sneaking past the slows that come with the heals and shields around the Games.

Respawn have been making a concerted push in Season 5 to balance every character in Apex Legends, so don’t expect to see this unintended buff last much longer.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.