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Respawn reveals that two of Apex Legends’ characters are LGBTQ

Published: 7/Feb/2019 21:03 Updated: 18/Feb/2019 20:04

by David Purcell

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Respawn Entertainment has announced that two of the characters in Apex Legends are LGBTQ, promoting a sense of diversity in the popular battle royale game. 

Apex Legends is still a very new game and it would be difficult to measure the size of its online community so far, having released on February 2 – but many people view this is as a move in the right direction, as far as gaming is concerned. 

While the sexuality of one of the Legends was already published online, Apex Legend’s community manager Jay Frechette has revealed that another is, in fact, non-binary. 

Bloodhound, one of the Legends in the game, “is non-binary, or at least not specified in terms of gender,” according to Frechette, who revealed the news to Rock, Paper, Shotgun

The other LGBTQ character is Gibraltar. The powerful character, who uses a shielded fortress in the game, was confirmed as gay – or bisexual – in his official bio page, which can be found below. 

“He only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide.”

Electronic ArtsScreengrab from Gibraltar’s Apex Legends bio reveals the character’s sexuality.

Blizzard Entertainment made a similar move in January, by posting a brand new Overwatch short story which confirmed that one of its characters – Soldier: 76 – is gay. 

While the move might have come as a surprise for some fans, generally speaking, it was met with an overly positive response from the community – but did confuse others. 

Respawn EntertainmentBloodhound was at the forefront of Apex Legends’ promotional launch material.

Former Overwatch pro player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, for example, had a more levelled response. He argued that important parts of a character’s identities should be revealed with the release of the game, as opposed to around two years later. 

Respawn, however, have made this announcement within a week of Apex Legends being released. Whether or not that will resonate more with fans remains to be seen. 

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven

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John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
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Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

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Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.