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Respawn tease improved Apex Legends Season 2 Battle Pass content and map updates

Published: 25/Apr/2019 18:20 Updated: 26/Apr/2019 0:59

by Eli Becht

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Fans have a lot of questions about the future of Apex Legends going forward and Respawn did their best to answer those inquiries in a developer update, covering everything from bugs and cheaters to what players can expect in Season 2.

Apex Legends got off to a hot start when it released in early February but it has cooled off significantly due to the slow updates, hacking problems and a weak Season 1 Battle Pass.

The game still has a sizable player base so it’s not in danger of dying any time soon but its Twitch viewership has started to fade significantly.

Numerous fixes are being prioritized

The developers are aware of major bugs and issues that are plaguing the game such as audio issues, slow-motion servers, and all the hackers.

The developers have been constantly dealing with hackers since the game’s launch but the bigger bugs are still a work in progress. 

Respawn EntertainmentCaustic received a buff recently that made him a lot more effective.

All of this information can be found in the developer update that goes in depth about how the team remains committed to the future of Apex and resources are not being pulled away to Jedi Fallen Order, the Star Wars game in development by Respawn.

Also found in this update are some hints for what to expect from Season 2.

Respawn EntertainmentOctane was the big addition for Apex Legends Season 1.

Respawn promise a better Battle Pass in Season 2

One major criticism for Season 1 of Apex Legends was the Battle Pass which had weak rewards offerings. 

This was really brought into the light when compared to games like Fortnite Battle Royale and taking a look at what that game offers with the various skins, loading screens, emotes, etc.

The post by Respawn teases a lot about Season 2 which will give current players hope for the future.

For Season 2 you can expect a Battle Pass with more meaningful content, the introduction of a new Legend, the debut of a new weapon . . . and you didn’t expect King’s Canyon to stay the same forever, did you?

With teased map changes, a better Battle Pass, new weapons and a new Legend on the horizon, there is still plenty to look forward to in Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!