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What to expect in upcoming final Apex Legends update of Season 3

Published: 11/Jan/2020 1:12

by Albert Petrosyan

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The announcement of Apex Legends’ next in-game event, the Grand Soirée Arcade, means that Respawn Entertainment will be releasing another update for the battle royale title before the conclusion of Season 3 and start of Season 4.

Season 3 is winding down in Apex Legends, but Respawn Entertainment have one more update up their sleeves before the player-base turns their attention to Season 4.

In addition to launching the content-packed Grand Soirée Arcade in-game event, this next update is expected to implement some quality-of-life improvements.

It will be going live on Tuesday, January 14, and will more than likely be the final major update before Season 3 ends on February 4. That said, there might be some minor hotfixes and server updates rolled out before then.

Below, we’ve outlined what we expect will be included in this update, aside from the Grand Soirée Arcade launch. Some of these have been confirmed by Respawn while others aren’t guaranteed to be included but indications are that they will be.

Respawn EntertainmentGrand Soirée Arcade will be the final event of Season 3 in Apex Legends.

Outfit skins showing up on teammates’ Legends

The December update that launched the Holo-Day Bash holiday event unintentionally introduced a bug causing players’ outfit skins to show on their teammates’ characters in the Legend selection screen prior to the start of matches.

A Reddit user complained about this issue, which caught the attention of Josh Medina, a Game Designer at Respawn, who revealed on January 10 that a fix for this issue “should be in this upcoming patch.”

This was obviously something that players had been waiting to hear for a while because Medina’s reply was instantly met with a lot of gratitude and excitement on Reddit.

Caustic Nox Gas blocking bullets in third-person

Another major issue currently plaguing the game has to do with the third-person easter egg in Firing Range. Players have noticed that when entering third-person mode as Caustic and placing one of his Nox Gas Traps, the gas that the activated trap releases blocks shots from going through it.

One player captured some in-game footage of this bug in full effect and posted it on Reddit.

I was 3rd person training in the firing range, getting ready for the new event and i found this. Hope this is not in the actual game. from apexlegends

The reason why this is suddenly concerning players is that Respawn revealed that a Third-Person LTM would be coming as part of the Grand Soirée Arcade event, so they want to make sure that this issue wouldn’t carry over into the new mode.

Fortunately, this caught the attention of ‘RaymeCV,’ an Engineer at Respawn, who revealed that this was one of “a lot” of fixes and improvements being developers for the upcoming LTM.

Muzzle flash is too bright and blocks visibility in dark areas

If there’s one aspect of gunplay and weapon mechanics that Apex Legends have consistently complained about, it’s muzzle flash. While tolerable in the outdoor areas, the flash can become unbearable in darker areas because, for some reason, it flares up and can block the shooting player’s line of sight.

On January 10, Josh Medina revealed that a fix for this is coming “soon” and explained that the reason it’s been taking longer to implement is that it’s a “deeper issue than expected” and they want to “properly fix instead of half-a*s it.”

This is, by no means, a confirmation that the fix would be coming in this next update, but there is a chance Respawn will have it ready by then. If not, players can probably expect it sometime in Season 4.

“Dashboarding” in Ranked Play

One of the biggest exploits that’s ever existed in Apex Legends is one that allows players to avoid the penalty of dying early in Ranked Play by simply “dashboarding,” or closing the entire game and starting it up again.

As a result, a lot of players have managed to reach very high ranks because they’ve never had to lose any points and only counted matches in which they gained score.

According to Eric Hewitt, Senior Systems Designer at Respawn, “Judgement Day will be coming” for players who abused this exploit and that “things will be handled soon.”

This will, of course, come in addition to the exploit itself being patched. However, Hewitt stopped short of providing a timetable, so it’s unclear when exactly this will all be implemented, with there still being a chance that it may come in this next update.

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Apex Legends players want “throwback weekends” with old versions of maps

Published: 5/Dec/2020 22:33

by Julian Young

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After getting to experience a previous version of World’s Edge in the Winter Express LTM, Apex Legends players want Respawn to introduce “throwback” releases of the game’s maps for them to enjoy.

With Apex Legends’ Holo-Day Bash event in full swing, players have gotten a chance to experience the fan-favorite Winter Express limited-time mode once again, which is set on an older version of World’s Edge.

That version of the map is no longer available in the rotation, of course, but after getting another taste of it in the LTM, the Apex community is asking the developers for more.

“Respawn should give us ‘Throwback Weekends,’ a weekend where a previous iteration of a map is in rotation all weekend long,” Reddit user u/NizzyDeniro suggested.”

Respawn should give us "Throwback Weekends". A Weekend where a Previous Iteration of a Map is in rotation all Weekend long. from apexlegends

Basically, the fan is asking the devs to create a new rotation available on weekends, called “Throwback Weekends,” each one featuring a version of Kings Canyon or World Edge from previous seasons.

Since its launch in February of 2019, both maps have undergone various flurries of changes over the past two years, with numerous popular landing spots and points of interest being revamped, or in some cases, completely removed.

The original Capital City on World’s Edge and Skull Town on Kings Canyon are just examples of iconic locations that players want to enjoy again but can’t because they’re not in the maps’ current iterations. Some players even suggested bringing back content from the original Apex Legends release, with one user saying “Can I get a season 0 Kings Canyon please.”

Apex Legends Kings Canyon Skull Town
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Players want Respawn to bring back old versions of the game’s maps, like Season 0 King’s Canyon.

The post has been well-received, amassing almost 20,000 upvotes as well as hundreds of replies expressing support of the idea. While some expressed doubts on whether this is feasible due to issues of file size and other considerations, the community seems to be overwhelmingly on-board with the suggestion.

One user pointed out that bringing back old maps could help the player base, saying “I think it will bring lots of people online too. Can you imagine Season 3 Cap City now with the new legends?”

The idea could also benefit newer players: “I just started playing the middle of last season. I would love to go back and get to play some of the old maps,” a user said in reply to the concept.

Unfortunately, no one from Respawn has commented or replied to this request yet, despite its growing popularity, so there’s no indication this is in the devs’ plans for now.