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Respawn reveal major Heirloom changes coming soon in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Feb/2020 0:48

by Albert Petrosyan


Developers Respawn Entertainment have announced a new Heirloom Shard system in Apex Legends, which will be implemented as part of the upcoming System Override Collection Event.

Heirlooms are undoubtedly the rarest and most coveted cosmetic items in Apex Legends, mainly because of how scarce and difficult they are to obtain.

Outside of special events, during which the items are a lot easier to get, Heirlooms can only be nabbed by opening regular Apex Packs. The way the current system works, players are guaranteed to get one every 500 packs they open – which, needless to say, can be quite expensive and/or time-consuming.

Respawn EntertainmentAll Apex Legends Heirloom sets include three items – a melee weapon skin, banner pose, and intro quip.

One of the biggest criticisms leveled against these ultra-rare cosmetics is that when you do actually get one, it might not be one that you wanted or were even remotely interested in, which means you’ll have to go through up to 500 more packs for a chance at another one.

However, Respawn took a major step towards addressing that issue by introducing new Heirloom Shards on February 27, which will totally shake up the current system.

“We’re changing up the Heirloom system to make it easier for you to acquire the heirloom you want. Instead of an entire Heirloom set dropping at once, you’ll now receive Heirloom shards. You can then use those shards to pick the exact Heirloom set you’d like. The shards will have the same drop rate as the previous system so that after 500 Apex Packs, you will have enough Heirloom Shards to obtain an Heirloom set from the Heirloom shop. And don’t worry, your existing progress towards the 500 Apex Packs will carry over with the switch. Remember that once a player owns all of the Heirloom sets, the player will not be eligible to receive more shards until more Heirloom Sets are added to the game.”

Respawn EntertainmentPathfinder’s Heirloom set was the latest one to be added in Apex Legends.

How do these new Heirloom Shards work?

As you open Apex Packs, you will, from time to time, receive these new Shards that will go into your inventory. Once you have enough Shards, you can trade them in for the Heirloom of your choice – assuming it’s one that you don’t already own.

This change effectively eliminates the randomness factor and the chance of getting a set you don’t want.

That said, it does not make Heirlooms any less rare, since the number of packs you need to open to get enough Shards will stay at about 500. The only difference is that you’ll be able to choose one that you’re interested in, instead of having to settle for whatever the game decided to give you.

Respawn EntertainmentOutside of special events, the only way to get Heirlooms will be by collecting enough Shards from Apex Packs.

When does this Heirloom Shard system start?

This news came as part of a larger announcement for the upcoming System Override Collection Event, which kicks off on Tuesday, March 3.

Respawn did not specify whether these Shards will be going live effective immediately or upon the start of that event, so at the latest, they’ll be in the game starting on that date.

New Octane Heirloom set announced

This Shard system was not the only new Heirloom-related news announced on February 27; Respawn also officially unveiled Octane’s brand new set that’ll be launching on March 3.

Respawn EntertainmentOctane’s new Heirloom in Apex Legends.

The premier item is an incredible-looking butterfly knife that players will be able to twirl around their fingers as they zip across the World’s Edge map.

In order to unlock the Heirloom, you’ll either have to collect all 24 event-exclusive cosmetics or get it by trading in Shards, once you have enough.

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Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:54 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:01

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Entertainment has announced that they are delaying the official release of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, after announcing their launch on Steam for PC players.

The news that Apex was coming to Switch was first shared during the EA Play Live event on June 18, where they revealed the next stages of the game’s development. It finally put a host of rumors and leaks to bed since Apex’s debut back in 2019, as players wanted to immediately take the Arena with them on-the-go shortly after launch.

The news would have opened the game to expand its player count by millions, but Switch players will now have to wait a little longer after further delays were announced.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release date

Respawn confirmed that the new Switch port has been delayed until early 2021 after it was expected to arrive with the Steam version of the game.

“For those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” Apex Game Director Chad Grenier confirmed, on October 23.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” the Respawn dev continued, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

Apex Legends will be on all the major consoles in early 2021.

While it is being delayed, he confirmed that it still arrive with all of the expected features, “of course, when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play, our latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

This won’t be the first time a major battle royale comes to Nintendo Switch. EA and Apex Legends are going to compete against Epic Games and Fortnite for the many battle royale fans on the platform.

The initial announcement was a longtime coming. Reports for a Nintendo Switch port have been around for about as long as Apex Legends has been released to the world.

In a 2019 interview only months after Apex’s release, Project lead at the time, Drew McCoy, said that the company knew a Nintendo port was on many people’s wishlist. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for Nintendo fans who have been waiting to get into the Arena.

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Players from all walks of consoles will be able to drop into Apex Legends soon.

There were a lot of questions revolving around the technical limitations of the Switch that would be a hurdle for a port, but the developers are now committed to releasing it early in 2021.

It’s unclear what the download size for the Switch version will be, so stay tuned to Dexerto for all the latest information on the upcoming Apex Legends port.