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Respawn explain why Apex Legends update for PS4 and Xbox was delayed

Published: 5/Dec/2019 11:21 Updated: 5/Dec/2019 17:33

by Calum Patterson


Respawn Entertainment have responded to Apex Legends console players, many of whom were left waiting for the December 3 update to be available on their system.

The big Apex Legends update was meant to go live on all platforms on Tuesday, December 3, and featured some long-requested changes, including an increased level cap.

Unfortunately, it was not without problems, not least major performance issues for PC players. Console players were spared these problems though, because, bizarrely, the update simply didn’t roll out on their platform at all.

Respawn EntertainmentPlayers can now rank up to level 500 in Apex Legends.

For some time, console players were left in the dark as to why the update was not available for them to download, wondering if it was perhaps their own system with the issue. The update finally became available on consoles around 24 hours later than expected.

With so many exciting changes promised, some began to become understandably impatient, prompting a response from Respawn, who have now explained that the latest patch didn’t go to plan in more ways than one.

In response to players asking when the update would be available, Apex Legends game director Chad Griener responded:

Team has been working all day and pulled an overnight on the console patch. We believe we have a fix for the framerate issue on all platforms, we are currently running internal tests to verify. If all goes well expect some news soon, otherwise we will continue to work on it. Apologies for the inconvenience, it’s important for us to make sure it’s right before we push the update.

It turns out that Respawn actually attempted to stop the update going live on PC too, after realizing the performance issues it would cause, but weren’t able to stop it going live in time.

Griener explains that they “didn’t detect the issue early enough” and that patch rollouts “are like a heavy train, once in motion can’t be stopped.”

Presumably, the extra time spent working on the update meant that no such performance issues hit console players as they did PC players.

Many in the community have asked for more reasonable and respectful comments towards developers when such issues occur, as some vitriol was seen on social media after the unexplained delay in the update for console players.

Now that everyone has their hands on the update, it’s time to get excited for the upcoming winter event, details of which have already been leaked.

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How to master the L-STAR in Apex Legends Season 7: Tips & Tricks

Published: 23/Nov/2020 16:01

by James Busby


The L-STAR is one of the most unique weapons in Apex Legends, but how can you master this high-damage energy weapon to secure yourself a dominant win? 

Apex Legends’ L-STAR has been in a tricky spot for a while now. However, the Respawn’s recent Olympus patch has finally given this energy weapon the kick it needs to become viable. The L-STAR performs very differently to the majority of weapons in the game due to its overheat mechanic, which allows players to continuously fire until the gun overheats. 

While it certainly doesn’t lack in the damage department, it can be tricky to master due to its slow projectile speed and recoil pattern. As a result, many players often ditch the L-STAR in favor of the game’s more reliable weapons. However, if you’re willing to put in the time to master the L-STAR, you’ll be able to capitalize on its incredible kill potential. 

In order to help you make the most of the L-STAR, we’ve put together some quick tips that will aid you in your quest for success. 

Apex Legends L-STAR damage stats

L-STAR damage numbers
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The L-STAR can down foes in just a few hits, provided you land your shots.

Before you go blasting anything that moves, you’ll want to get to grips with the L-STAR’s damage profile first. After all, this gun is capable of some dizzying damage numbers. This is especially true when you land those all-important head and body shots. 

While the L-STAR will overheat after 22 continuous shots (26 with Modded Loader), it still deals decent damage across both close to medium engagement ranges, particularly when you fire it in short bursts. The full damage breakdown for the L-STAR can be found below thanks to the Apex Legends wiki.

Fire in short bursts

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Unlike the majority of guns in Apex Legends, the L-STAR allows you to keep firing at your target as long as you keep under the overheat threshold. This means you can maintain pressure if you simply fire in short bursts and have the necessary ammo. 

This can be rather difficult to do, especially when you get caught in the heat of the moment. Many L-STAR users simply hold down the trigger when fighting, but you’ll want to avoid this habit if you wish to avoid being stuck in a lengthy cooldown animation.

Lead your shots

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While the buff to the L-STAR’s has made it more useable, you’ll still need to lead shots at range.

Due to the overall bulk and size of the L-STAR’s rounds, the projectiles are incredibly slow when fired at range. This can make landing any shots incredibly difficult outside of close-quarter firefights. As a result, you’ll either want to switch to a different weapon entirely or lead your shots. 

When using the L-STAR at mid-range distances, try to predict where your target will be and shoot just ahead of them. This can be pretty tricky on more mobile Legends like Wraith and Octane, but a few well-placed shots will quickly stop them dead in their tracks. 

Pair the L-STAR with a ranged weapon

Apex Legends Pathfinder
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It’s often best to save your ammo for close-quarters firefights.

To compensate for the L-STAR’s high recoil and slow projectile speed, it’s often best to simply pair it with a long-range weapon. This will instantly alleviate any frustrations that come from trying to hit any targets at range. 

The L-STAR has one of the slowest ranged projectile speeds in the game, so you’ll often find yourself outclassed in situations where you need a little extra precision. Having a gun that you can quickly switch to during mid to long-range firefights will certainly cover up the L-STAR’s main weakness. 

Master the L-STAR’s recoil pattern

L-STAR firing range
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The L-STAR’s recoil is still a little tricky, but the recent buff has made it a lot more manageable.

One of the main reasons a lot of players previously disliked the L-STAR wars due to its unwieldy recoil. However, Respawn has now alleviated this issue by giving it a new recoil pattern that has lowered the sporadic nature of its kick. 

To avoid any frustrating deaths and to increase your overall accuracy, you’ll want to head into the practice range and unload your entire clip into the nearest target. The LMG will start to move to the left of the screen, then climb vertically. As soon as the L-STAR begins to kick upwards, simply pull down on your mouse/analog stick to keep your shots on target. This new recoil pattern is incredibly manageable and requires next to no recoil control when fired from the hip in close-quarter fights.

So there you have it, five tips to help you master the L-STAR LMG. If you found this guide helpful, then be sure to follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news.