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Respawn changes Apex Legends’ map rotation after player backlash

Published: 16/Apr/2020 2:53 Updated: 16/Apr/2020 2:54

by Andrew Amos


Respawn have pushed a major change to Apex Legends’ permanent map rotation, removing the Night Kings Canyon map, and shortening how long regular Kings Canyon is available.

Apex Legends’ map rotation has been divisive. For some, having more choice has made the game better, as they can choose to ignore aspects they don’t like. However, it’s had an impact on queue times, and has also slowed down some players’ Old Ways event grind.

Respawn have been keeping their eye on the map rotation as a result, and has made sweeping changes just a week after its initial release.

“After taking in all your feedback over the past 7 days, we’ve decided to make some changes to map rotation,” the team said on Twitter.

Those changes include removing the night version of Kings Canyon from the map rotation permanently, and shortening how long regular Kings Canyon is available. As a result, players will launch onto World’s Edge more often.

The map rotation only affects casual play, and will not have an impact on ranked. “Kings Canyon is still available in Ranked if you’re wanting to jump in immediately,” Respawn added.

Since the start of the Old Ways event on April 7, players have had a choice of queuing up for duos and trios, either on Worlds Edge or King’s Canyon.

However, Respawn have wanted to add a bit more focus onto the new event though, trying to give players a chance to further explore the Bloodhound Town Takeover on World’s Edge, and grind for more battle pass rewards on Apex’s second map.

“We’re hoping this will allow players the chance to keep grinding that Season 4 Battle Pass or try their skills at the new Bloodhound Town Takeover,” Respawn added.

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Respawn wants players to explore Bloodhound’s Town Takeover on World’s Edge more.

As more data comes in, there might be more changes on the way, so don’t expect for this to be the last you hear of map rotations in Apex Legends.

The Old Ways event runs until April 21, so you only have a few days left to get grinding to pick up some of those sweet rewards.

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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


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.