After panic was sparked that one of Titanfall's most controversial weapons, the Smart Pistol, was coming to Apex Legends, a Respawn developer has responded to clarify it's definitely not on the way.
A game file found in Apex Legends labeled Smart_Pistol_MK6_bullet had players who know about the weapon's power worried it could be coming to the battle royale.
Titanfall players know all too well about the Smart Pistol's lock-on abilities and just how much debate it sparked in the community, even when it was nerfed and made a boost weapon that charged up over time in Titanfall 2.
Data miner That1MiningGuy shared the game file on Twitter on February 24, saying "All the non-Titanfall playing Apex Fans don't know of the hell that is the Smart Pistol. Yall cry about aim assist, you don't even know the nightmare of what COULD be coming if it's real."
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Thankfully, we don't actually have to worry about this possibility at all, as the Smart Pistol is definitely not coming to Respawn's battle royale.
On February 25, Design Director Jason McCord said "Very annoying. No, it's not coming to Apex. But thanks for spreading misinformation." It looks like it was just a leftover game file after all, as originally thought.
Very annoying. No, it's not coming to Apex. But thanks for spreading misinformation.
— Jason McCord (@MonsterclipRSPN) February 26, 2020
So, for all the Smart Pistol-hating Titanfall players, there's no need to panic – it won't be tearing up Apex Legends lobbies anytime soon.
Of course, we can still expect new weapons added to the battle royale in the future. So far, Respawn have kept it to only one new weapon per season, but with Season 4 featuring a 'split' on March 24, there is a possibility they buck that trend.
Even before Season 4 started, there were rumors of a new SMG coming, possibly the VOLT. These hopes were dashed when we got the new Sentinel sniper rifle.
The VOLT is also a weapon from Titanfall, so although the Smart Pistol isn't coming, it looks like Respawn may continue to draw from their established arsenal of weapons.