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Shroud says Apex Legends is “ruined” until new sliding ‘bug’ is fixed

Published: 5/Jun/2019 9:15 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 9:58

by Calum Patterson

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Top Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek has ruled out a return to playing Apex Legends – at least until a major bug with weapon accuracy is resolved.

The former CS:GO professional is regarded as one of the finest aimers with a keyboard and mouse on all of Twitch, with the first person shooter genre his stomping ground. 

Apex Legends was right up his alley upon its launch, with a fast and fluid movement system, predictive weapon recoil just like Counter-Strike (which shroud says he actually suggested to the devs) and the classic battle royale gameplay that his channel is known for.

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However, after a month or so of almost non-stop Apex Legends, shroud appeared to fall out of love with Respawn’s battle royale, and his hours streaming the game dwindled rapidly.

This paralleled with a drop in the game’s overall ‘hype’ levels too, with a lack of new content blamed for a declining player base and even faster declining revenue from in-game purchases.

Following the big Legendary Hunt update on June 4, some viewers pleaded with shroud to give the game another chance, but he wasn’t convinced. “Whenever they fix the bug, yeh, I’ll play it,” he said. “I am not playing it during that bug. Literally the whole game is ruined.”

Exactly what bug is shroud referring to? Well, it appears that following the June 4 update, Respawn have, perhaps unintentionally, added a severe accuracy penalty for shooting while sliding.

As shown by shroud’s housemate and former CS:GO teammate Tyler ‘skadoodle‘ Latham, when players shoot when sliding the bullets appear to bloom randomly, where they were previously completely accurate.

Shroud clarified that this was in fact the ‘bug’ he was referring to, explaining “Literally shoot your gun while sliding, and that’s the bug.

“I would say half of Apex is sliding and shooting, so… yeah.”

What is concerning, however, is that Respawn have not actually confirmed whether or not this accuracy penalty when sliding is a bug or intentional.

The penalty appears to exist across all weapon types, and so surely has to have been coded, quite deliberately into the game. It may require feedback from the community if Respawn are to implement a change, and revert to the pre-patch state.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.