Respawn Entertainment released the patch notes for a slew of changes to Apex Legends on March 6 for the game's first Live Balance Update on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The developers also revealed a bit more about what to expect for Season 1 - here's everything you need to know.
Although Apex Legends burst onto the scene with almost immediate success, it wasn't without its faults. After a month of numerous reported bugs, rampaging hackers, overpowered guns (similarly some being near useless), annoying hitboxes and more, Respawn have finally announced what they hope to update in the near future.
Respawn explained what this patch will bring to the game while cluing in players on various changes to individual Legends, numerous buffs and nerfs to multiple weapons, as well what to look forward to when the first competitive season hits.
Players should expect a major nerfs for the Wingman and Peacekeeper. While the fan-favorite pistol might keep most of its power, Respawn will try to make a few tweaks to make the difficulty to use it consistent with the versatility it gives.
"We've found that the Skullpiercer Wingman has been on the stronger end," Respawn stated. "But it’s designed to be a weapon with a higher skill ceiling. Our adjustments are attempting to move it more into the hand cannon space and away from full auto Deagle."
The Peacekeeper's rate of fire with the Shotgun Bolt attachment has also been adjusted, meaning that players will be punished for a longer period of time when they miss a shot. On top of this, the developers have finally acknowledged that players need more energy ammo if energy weapons are ever going to be widely used. With this in mind, the availability of energy ammo and weapons has been increased.
Respawn stated: "We’ve also adjusted the rate of fire of the Peacekeeper with Shotgun Bolt attachment, so players will have a larger window of vulnerability if they miss their shot. Additionally, the scarcity of energy ammo and lower number of energy weapons overall has made those weapons difficult to main, so we’ve increased energy weapon and ammo availability."
Respawn also gave some insight on the problematic hitboxes that seem to give some of the more slender Legends an advantage over others.
“Our goal is to be able to have characters with different rig sizes, hitboxes and ability kits, and still have each character be roughly equal in power level, win rate and viability of pick. Overall, we want to try to increase the power level of the large rig characters, before we consider large nerfs to everyone else. While we’ve made small adjustments, we’re hopeful that increasing the power of large rigs is healthier than nerfing everyone else."
It looks like Respawn is going to wait until the start of Season 1 to update any of the Legends and address their balance issues. If problems persist, the company will also look to dish out fixes throughout the season. "If these adjustments prove to be insufficient, we’ll consider additional adjustments during Season 1," they stated.
Minor balances to characters will include changes such as Wraith having her Into the Void cooldown increased, Bangalore's Double Time being reduced from 40% move speed to 30%, and much more.
As for when the highly anticipated first season will begin, it sounds like players will still have to wait a while longer before the Battle Pass is available. On the plus side, there's nothing to suggest that Season 1 won't still go live at some point in March.
"We know you folks are fired up for info on Season 1 and Battle Pass," said Jayfresh from Respawn. "We still have work to do to get everything ready for prime time and won’t be talking about it yet. There are a lot of moving parts and coordination that go into big announcements and launches like this so please be patient. I know the wait sucks but it’s coming and ask that you all please be patient with us."
If you want to find out more details about the weapon changes implemented in the March 6 patch, or the legend changes that have been announced for Season 1, you can find the patch notes below.
WEAPON ADJUSTMENTS LIVE ON ALL PLATFORMS
Why no P2020 or Mozambique buffs?
ADDITIONAL PATCH NOTES
LEGEND ADJUSTMENTS WE'LL MAKE AT THE START OF SEASON 1
Major balance changes:
Minor balance changes: