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Upcoming Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin for Caustic leaked

Published: 14/Jan/2020 20:03

by Bill Cooney

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An Apex Legends dataminer has uncovered the free Twitch Prime skin coming to game in January for none other than Caustic himself.

As part of their ongoing collaboration with EA and Respawn Entertainment, Twitch Prime began another multi-month promotion for free Apex cosmetics in December with an exclusive Crypto skin for players to collect.

The Crypto skin is only available until January 14 with Caustic next on the list, and thanks to iLootGames on Twitter, we now know what the skin will look like.

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It doesn’t take a dataminer to figure out Caustic was the next hero in line for a Twitch Prime skin.

What definitely looks like Caustic’s Prime skin was uncovered by iLootGames and shared on Twitter two days before the skin is set to release on January 16.

The skin itself is red with gold trim along with Caustic’s trademark gas mask and goggles. His backpack also seems to be red/maroon, but his hair appears to be straight from the classic model.

It isn’t the craziest skin for the Legend we’ve ever seen, but it should fit right in with all the other new skins in the Grand Soirée Arcade event just fine.

To unlock the skin when it becomes available, players will need to have an active Twitch Prime subscription and link their Twitch accounts with their EA accounts.

Once the accounts are linked, all players need to do is visit the Apex Legends page on the Twitch Prime website, log in with Prime and claim the free Caustic skin for January.

There are still plenty more free Apex skins and cosmetics to come from Twitch Prime in 2019, but when we’ll get the next hint on February’s item remains to be seen.

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The leak for Caustic’s Prime skin came the same day as the release of the Grand Soirée Arcade event.

Along with a free new Caustic skin for Twitch Prime members, the final weeks of Apex Legends Season 3 will also feature the new Grand Soirée Arcade event.

This event is focused on Pathfinder but every legend in the game (Caustic included) will get their very own exclusive skin for the event. Check out all the skins we know of so far here.

The Grand Soirée patch went live on PS4, Xbox One and PC on January 14, and the event wraps up on January 28.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.