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Respawn job listing reveals Apex Legends PS5 & Xbox Series X plans

Published: 5/May/2020 9:04

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends will be marching into the next generation of gaming when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive later this year, according to a new job listing for the battle royale posted by Respawn Entertainment late last week.

With the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft set to hit shelves in 2020’s holiday season, the question on every gamers’ lips now is which of their favorite long-term titles are set to survive the next-gen switch-up that follows.

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On that front, battle royales like Fortnite and PUBG have less to worry about as PC titles. Infinity Ward also recently confirmed Apex Legends rival Warzone will be making the leap. Now Respawn has locked in their PS5 and XSX plans too.

Respawn job listing confirms Apex’s PS5, XSX plans

At least, it looks like it’s full steam. Respawn has said nothing official yet. Instead, a job listing for a Senior Rendering Engineer to “push next-generation platforms and the PC to their limits on Apex” seems to have confirmed it for them.

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While the listing, posted on EA’s internal hiring board, doesn’t specifically mention either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X by name, use of the term “next-gen” can only relate to the huge console releases coming later this year.

Apex's long list of colorful characters could be moving to next-gen as soon as late-2020.
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Apex Legends’ long list of colorful characters could be moving to next-gen on PS5 and XSX as soon as late-2020.

Apex Legends could head to next-gen as soon as late 2020

The position called for skills in “shading,” “optimizing,” and “fixing tricky bugs”. That seems to confirm Apex’s next-gen port could also be bound for a late 2020 time frame. These kinds of roles are often end-development related, to add polish.

The listing ⁠— which has now closed ⁠— combined with EA’s promise last year that they are treating Apex Legends as a “major long-term franchise” all but confirms we could soon be battling across King’s Canyon on PS5 and the XSX.

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As for smaller consoles ⁠— namely phones ⁠— there’s still been no word from EA or Respawn beyond their update last October, which suggested a late-2020 drop date. That does seem to line up with the next-gen release, however.

While it looks like Apex's next-gen future is locked, there's been limited news on the game's upcoming mobile release.
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While it looks like Apex’s next-gen PS5 and XSX future is locked, there’s been limited news on the game’s upcoming mobile release.

It may not be faster processors or updated graphics, but Apex also has other major updates coming a little sooner than late 2020 too ⁠— Loba is finally making her playable debut in-game next week with Season 5’s long-awaited release.

Everything for the battle royale’s big seasonal switch-up kicks off from May 5, when the new Season 5 Launch Trailer premieres on YouTube. The season itself will begin a week later. A major update will also be arriving for all consoles.

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Apex Legends update 1.48 fixes broken Pathfinder: Patch Notes

Published: 12/Oct/2020 22:22

by Alan Bernal

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The Apex Legends 1.48 hotfix update has dropped and will hopefully address the troublesome Pathfinder bug that some people have encountered, while cleaning up a few more issues that Respawn noticed.

As the next phase of the battle royale takes shape in Season 6, there’s been a fair few changes to Legends across the board. However, even when the meta is going smoothly, problematic glitches tend to appear at the worst times.

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Respawn dropped three bug fixes in the 1.48 patch, containing solutions for recurring issues dealing with Crypto’s EMP ultimate ability, Pathy’s Grapple, as well as the HUD elements that can sometimes get in the way of each other.

These have all been widely reported by the Apex community, who now hope it’ll be the last time they’ll have to put up with it in their matches.

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The Pathfinder shoulder bug blocked a portion of the screen after using the grapple.

Pathfinder’s shoulder bug

Apex players should be able to use Pathfinder’s Grapple Hook without hesitating, now that Respawn have launched a fix to the shoulder bug that would cover the screen.

His animation for the Tactical Ability can sometimes cause the screen to get clogged up by his shoulder. This would leave players frustrated seeing as they couldn’t relieve the situation by any means.

But the devs think they resolved the issue on their end, though players were already saying the update didn’t really fix the problem.

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Crypto EMP weapon bug

While the Pathfinder bug interrupted people’s line of sight, Crypto’s EMP bug indirectly disabled the Surveillance Expert’s ability to use a gun.

Respawn said they’ve fixed an issue where “Crypto was unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode.”

This would obvious create a ton of problems for people trying to create a play with the EMP, making it a high-priority target for the devs to resolve.

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Finally, the studio changed up the HUD elements a bit, since they saw that the ‘Performance Display’ would sometimes overlap with the Kill/Assists on the screen.

The hotfix patch will hopefully give players an easier time navigating in the Arena. While it’s a relatively small patch, check out the notes below, courtesy of Respawn.

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Apex Legends 1.48 patch notes

  • Pathfinder’s shoulder staying in view after using grapple
  • Crypto unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode
  • Moved Performance Display so it doesn’t overlap with Kill/Assists HUD element in Ranked