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Simple Rampart crafting buff would turn her into powerful Apex Legends builder

Published: 4/Jan/2021 7:06

by Brad Norton


Since Rampart was introduced to the Apex Legends lineup in Season 6, she hasn’t quite found her footing among the most powerful characters, though this new buff would be a great step in the right direction.

When it comes to buffing and nerfing Legends, a step too far could see certain characters either leading the charge or in the bin for entire seasons. We’ve seen it countless times with balancing updates over the years.

Smaller tweaks are often what Respawn Entertainment goes for until more drastic overhauls are well and truly set to go. With Rampart, one of the newest characters in the game, it’s clear she could use a little push. Though too much of a buff would certainly be problematic.

Balancing that fine line can be quite a challenge. A fresh idea that leans into her story could just be exactly what Rampart needs to excel in Apex Legends.

Apex Legends Rampart gameplay
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Rampart hasn’t made the strongest impression since release, but these changes could nudge her in the right direction.

Crafting came into the battle royale right alongside Rampart in Season 6. As a result, the crafty modder could do with more benefits in this regard. One such idea from Reddit user ‘DJ_Wakki’ would be to improve her resourcefulness.

Rather than collecting 25 materials at stations across the map, Rampart should be able to “salvage more” and grab 35 instead. This would allow her to craft more powerful items earlier into each and every game, giving her a unique leg up over the other Legends in the process.

The next idea piggybacks off the first mechanic and looks to buff her efficiency at any Replicator. It currently takes 10 seconds to craft any item in the game. Regardless of which Legend you’re playing is, this time stays consistent.

Perhaps Rampart would be a great option to break that trend with though. “When Rampart replicates something, it should be done quicker compared to every other Legend,” they added.

Rampart Buff Idea – what do you reckon? from apexlegends

Rather than buffing her existing abilities and going overboard with her power, these slight adjustments could just make her a more viable pick. They wouldn’t outright break the state of balance, nor would they make Rampart an instant-lock for every game.

Though Rampart is clearly in need of something and these ideas could just be the perfect fit. Not only do they fit with her lore, but they provide a unique advantage that no other Legend could quite match.

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When is Apex Legends coming to Nintendo Switch? Release date, features, gameplay

Published: 17/Jan/2021 13:55 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:02

by Calum Patterson


Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is being released in 2021, complete the full feature set of the game on other platforms. Here’s everything we know about Apex Legends Switch version so far.

Respawn’s battle royale has been available on PS4, Xbox One and PC since February 4, 2019. In November 2020, it was launched on Steam too, when the Switch version was initially meant to release.

You can also play Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series S and X, through backward compatibility. The developers have confirmed that Apex will be getting a next-gen update in 2021, which could include FPS improvements.

Cross-platfrom play was also added in late 2020 alongside the Steam Launch. Now, all players are waiting for is the long-anticipated release on Nintendo Switch.

Apex Legends Kings Canyon map on SwitchApex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021.

When is Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release?

Initially due for 2020, the Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends was pushed back to 2021 in November. Season 8 of Apex Legends will start on or around February 2, 2021. If Respawn choose to release the Switch version along with the new season, this would be the likely release date.

In November 2020, Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier confirmed, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

The delay was necessary for the game to be up to standard on the portable device: “In order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time.”

Apex Legends cross-platform on Nintendo Switch?

Yes – Nintendo Switch players will be able to play cross-platform with console and PC players on Apex Legends.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch gameplay

Switch versions of games are often trimmed down ports of the game on consoles and PC. But, Respawn have confirmed that Apex on Switch will have “full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

Apex Legends rampart gameplay
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Apex Legends gameplay on Nintendo Switch will support all the features from other versions.

That means all Legends, weapons, attachments, maps, abilities, equipment, store items, ranked mode and more will be present on the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, given its portable nature, the graphical and processing power of the Nintendo Switch is significantly less than consoles, and even more so PCs. So, don’t expect the same graphical fidelity, resolution or frame rates that you get on a high-end PC.

It sounds like Respawn are working to make the Switch version as close to the other versions as possible though, so Apex fans can have the best experience possible.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch Price

Apex Legends is a free-to-play game, so don’t expect that to change on the Switch version.

However, this does get a bit muddied when you consider there is no cross-progression in Apex Legends currently. Although Respawn are working on it, we can only assume that you’ll have to start a new profile to play on Switch.

That means all the Legends and cosmetic items you have on other platforms won’t carry over. If you want to unlock the post-launch Legends, your best option will be to purchase the Apex Legends Champion Edition.

Apex Legends Champion edition
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Apex Legends Champion Edition unlocks all DLC Legends up to Season 7.

This bundle unlocks all post-launch characters up to Season 7, including Horizon. It costs $39.99, but also includes exclusive skins and 1,000 Apex coins.

Alternatively, you can simply unlock individual Legends with Legend tokens or Apex coins. If you only plan to buy one or two of the DLC characters, this might be the better choice. But, if you want to unlock multiple Legends, the Champion Edition will be a better value.

It’s possible that alongside the Switch release, EA will launch some Switch-exclusive offers and deals, to help players get their roster of Legends filled out early. But, if cross-progression ever launches, you may feel you have wasted your money by buying items twice. So, what about cross-progression?

Apex Legends Cross progression on Switch

As mentioned above, Apex Legends does not currently support cross-progression or account transfer/merging across different platforms.

Respawn has stated that it is something they want to do, but that it is difficult to implement. So for now, we can only assume that you will need to start a new account to play on Nintendo Switch.

Although cross-progression is in huge demand among players, Apex Legends was never made with it in mind, and so it poses a challenge for the developers to implement, without rewriting the game’s code from the ground up.

That’s everything we know so far about the Switch version of Apex Legends. We will keep this post updated with more details as they come out.