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Upgraded Apex Legends ‘Blue’ Supply Bins could be coming in Season 4

Published: 29/Jan/2020 23:15

by Alan Bernal

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Supply Bins in Apex Legends are hit and miss with the random items they hold, but Season 4 could finally implement a way to solve the problem of lackluster loot crates.

Since the launch of Respawn’s battle royale, players would be left baffled during their games after opening one of the many loot spawns just to find four straight Level 1 Body Shields or the like.

While players respect the heavy RNG factors that go into games like Apex, sometimes prioritizing Supply Bins can hurt more than help people in the game for the wide range of items they can hold.

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The image on the official EA site.

That may be why a lot of fans are relieved to see that Respawn could be moving forward with plans for an upgraded Supply Bin – a concept many in the community have been hoping for.

In the Ranked Series 3 page under the Season 4 category on EA’s Apex Legends site there’s a screenshot of World’s Edge in which eagle-eyed players found a strange new element next to a regular box.

The loot crates that players are already accustomed to are marked by a white lid and a red back.

Blue Supply Bins in Apex Legends Season 4
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A zoom in to the two elements on the World’s Edge portion of the EA screencap.

But there seems to be a different one with a blue lid also in that picture, something not seen in the game so far.

While some have attributed the different hue to a rendering issue, it’s not a stretch to believe Respawn could be teasing a new sort of loot crate since a regular one is sitting right next to it.

More players have caught on to the screenshot and believe that if they really are on the way, it would be a great opportunity for the devs to test out crates that exclusively hold Tier 2 loot or above.

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Players have been wanting better Supply Bins, and Respawn might have a solution for Season 4.

Though it is interesting that the screenshot is in the Ranked Series 3 page of the site, which could mean that it’s a game element only for the Ranked playlist in the game.

In either case, this would be a strong step forward to solving the issues surrounding Supply Bins’ loot in Apex Legends and would add another layer of strategy for the looting stage of a match.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.