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These new Ping options in Apex Legends would drastically improve team play

Published: 8/Apr/2019 0:49

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Ping system in Apex Legends is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of the game, and some players have come up with ways on how it can be further improved.

How does the Ping system work in Apex Legends?

The release of Apex Legends introduced mechanics into the world of battle royale that had never been seen before in the genre, one of which was the Ping system.

The system allows players to mark, or “ping,” weapons, items, directions, locations, enemies, and pretty much anything else on the map, allowing teammates to coordinate a lot better among themselves. 

This system is especially useful for players who have queued with less than a full squad to communicate with others they may have been randomly matched with.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Ping Wheel is a key part of the feature that gives players a variety of different pinging options.

Ideas for improvements to the Ping system

Over the past few days, Apex Legends players have posted some ideas and concepts for how the Ping system could be further expanded and improved.

There have been two very popular proposals on Reddit, the first of which suggests that options be added to the Ping wheel that would instruct teammates to hold their fire or retreat.

This would allow teammates who are unable to communicate via voice chat to advise each other to avoid shooting at enemies and giving the team’s position, or perhaps even retreating from a gunfight so that they can heal up and regroup. 

Dear Respawn, Can we have a “Hold your fire” ping? from r/apexlegends

The next popular concept was the addition of feature that would allow players to Ping the status of their Legend’s Ultimate Ability for teammates to see.

Many of the Ultimate Abilities compliment each other well, and teammates often rely on each others’ Ult’s to help out the entire team. This way, players would be able to share the progress of how much their Ult has charged, or even to let teammates know that the ability is fully charged up and ready to go. 

Reddit u/Xero0911This concept would allow players to share how much is left for their Ultimate Ability to charge, or if it’s ready to go.

Considering the fact that both of these ideas got a good amount of upvotes on Reddit, it would probably be safe to assume that not many players would mind if they were added to the game as new features.

However, the big question is whether Respawn Entertainment is willing to make changes to their Ping system, although considering that the game is still so young, there’s definitely a possibility. 

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Apex Legends drops first teaser for Season 8 Legend and new planet

Published: 16/Jan/2021 10:30 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 11:36

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends is in the final stretch of Season 7, now gearing up for Season 8. That means Respawn are starting to roll out teasers for the next Legend, possible new modes, and even another planet.

On January 15, Apex Legends released a new version of the classic Kings Canyon map out of the blue. On it, Mirage Voyage was back, but there was also some interesting teasers in the sky.

Then, later that same day, they posted on social media what looks to be our first clue about what’s coming in Season 8.

This new teaser mentions Salvo, which we’ve heard about before in Apex Legends. It also features a handshake – and the hands are potentially our first look at the Season 8 Legend.

Season 8 teaser

This teaser wasn’t in-game, but instead posted on the official Apex Legends Twitter and Instagram accounts. It was captioned ‘New Blood’ – possibly a hint at ‘new blood’ joining the Apex games.

In the teaser, we see a handshake between someone representing the planet Salvo, and someone representing the Syndicate. If you’re unaware, the Syndicate are the people behind the Apex Games.

The text reads “The Syndicate and Salvo… Unified at Last. Approved by the Committee of Unification Board.” If you’re confused about what this means we’ll explain below. The image is then stamped with the logo of Salvo M.C. (presumably Salvo Motorcycle Club).

What is Salvo in Apex Legends?

Salvo is another planet in the Outlands, and one that has been independent of the Syndicate, up until now. The most important information we have about Salvo comes from a letter that was on Wattson’s desk. The letter read:

“I am writing to inform you that Salvo – which rejected the Mercenary Syndicate’s position to join Syndicate Space in 2722 – is now being guided by new leadership sympathizers to the cause of peace within the Outlands.

Talks with this new administration was prolonged, but ultimately fruitful; as of today, the Mercenary Syndicate Treaty has been amended, and Salvo will become the seventh world to join Syndicate Space.

Salvo brings with it [redacted]. In the coming [redacted] Office of Public Relations will be rolling out a social [redacted] to dispel inaccuracies about [redacted] to create an appropriate [redacted] for their integration into the Syndicate, [redacted] including exciting new developments within the Apex Games.

At this time do not correspond with the Legends regarding this matter. Expect further instructions [redacted] our office in the days to come.”

Salvo on Wattson's desk
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The letter on Wattson’s desk told us about Salvo and the Syndicate.

Is Salvo a new map?

This is unlikely, at least for the time being. We just got a new map for Season 7 after all. Salvo is a planet too, rather than a singular location (e.g. Olympus is a city on the planet Psamathe).

Season 8 Legend

More likely, Salvo is the home planet of the new Legend, who data miners believe will be called Fuse, and whose abilities will be about explosives (which would actually tie into the name ‘salvo’.)

Another hint is the spaceship we can now see above the map on Kings Canyon and Olympus. The ship has a message which reads simply ‘Salvo Joins Syndicate.’

Expect to see more teasers about Season 8, Salvo and the new Legend in the coming weeks. Season 8 is due to begin in early February, to tie in with the two-year anniversary of Apex Legends.