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Respawn reveal plans for Apex Legends update – hit reg, Caustic and Gibraltar fix, more

Published: 11/May/2019 9:56 Updated: 11/May/2019 10:45

by Joe Craven

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Respawn Entertainment, developers of popular battle royale Apex Legends, have provided an update on their game, and what they’re looking to adjust going into the next patch.

Since its February 2019 release, Apex Legends has exploded onto the battle royale scene, even hitting 50 million players faster than Fortnite Battle Royale did. However, the game has recently faced criticism from players over the lack of new updates and a number of bugs plaguing the game.

The post, from May 10, starts by saying that they [Respawn] are “currently working on the next patch that will have improvements in the areas we’ll discuss below.” It goes on to address the game’s long-standing issues around hit registration and character models.

Respawn/EAMany of the game’s legends have experienced issues with hit boxes.

Hit reg and Fortified to be addressed

The next update will finally address issues surrounding hit registration, which mainly stemmed from mismatches in the game client and the character models while performing animations. However, they also state that there may be other issues causing incorrect hit detection, and there is not a fix ready for all possible causes.

They also address issues with “fortified”, relating to Gibraltar and Caustic, two of the larger characters in the game. This is the perk which gives the two characters 10% damage reduction, but it has been causing unexpected problems, where players take damage to their health even when a shield is equipped.

There is good news for Apex players here, as they state that a “fix will be deployed” in the next patch.

EA/RespawnPathfinder is one legend that many players have experienced hit box issues with.

‘Slow-mo’ at the start of matches

Another update is given on issues with players falling into ‘slow-motion’, particularly at the start of games. Respawn state they have made changes to decrease the likelihood of this occurring, but that it is not solved in its entirety yet.

The final significant area the ‘check-in’ addresses is the game’s audio. They have made improvements to footstep audio, presumably making it easier to track and understand enemy movements. There are also improvements coming to the game’s overall audio, with stuttering and distortion hopefully becoming less common.

It also goes on to give an update on players ‘piggy backing’, and issues with PS4s crashing after the 1.08 patch update was released. There is still no fixed date for the next patch, or next season of Apex, but the post states that they will keep players updated before its implementation.

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young

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The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.