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When does Apex Legends Season 6 start? Season 5 end, Rampart, Volt, more

Published: 7/Aug/2020 19:30 Updated: 14/Aug/2020 17:24

by Albert Petrosyan

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Season 6: Boosted is just around the corner in Apex Legends, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the upcoming chapter of the game, including the new Rampart character, Volt SMG, and more.

Respawn Entertainment finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Apex Legends Season 6 on August 6. Called Boosted, the new season is set to introduce a flurry of new content and changes into the popular battle royale.

Here is the official launch trailer:

When is Apex Legends Season 6?

As previously reported based on the Battle Pass, Respawn confirmed that Season 6: Boosted will kick off on Tuesday, August 18 at 1 AM ET (Aug 17 at 10 PM PT) along with a massive update that’ll also implement major changes in the game.

Of course, there is always a chance that the devs could delay the start just as they did with S5, which was in order to accommodate the Battle Armor Event and give players an extra week to get any last-minute things completed.

Respawn Entertainment Apex Legends Season 6 kicks off on August 18!

Who is the new Legend in Apex Legends Season 6?

Every single season so far has introduced a new Legend, and S6 will follow suit in the shape of Rampart, “an expert modder who made her name in the underground fight clubs; Rampart talks big and has the ballistics to back it up.”

In the trailer, she’s shown using a massive turret-like machine gun, which she affectionally calls Sheila. Sheila is expected to be one of her abilities, along with Amped Cover, a transparent barricade shown in the video that blocks incoming shots and boosts the damage of any outgoing fire through it.

While Respawn haven’t gone as far as to reveal her full kit of abilities just yet, we already have a good idea based on the most-recent leaks surrounding the new Legend.

Respawn EntertainmentRampart, and her weapon friend Sheila, are coming to Apex Legends in Season 6!

Will Apex Legends Season 6 have a new weapon?

Yes, Apex Legends Season 6 will feature the Volt submachine gun as the game’s newest weapon: “Charge into battle with this energy SMG that packs a punch.”

As the description alludes to, the SMG will use Energy Ammo and likely be similar to its Titanfall 2 version – a powerful force in close-to-medium-range gunfights.

This has been a long time coming in Apex; the Volt was first found in the back-end files and leaked way back in September of 2019 but the devs opted not to add it until now. It’ll also be the first new gun we’ve gotten since the start of Season 4 seven months ago since Respawn decided not to release one for S5.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Volt, an energy SMG, will be Apex Legends’ new weapon in Season 6.

Will Apex Legends Season 6 feature a new map?

It would be far from being out of the question that Respawn would introduce a brand new map in S6. Kings Canyon and World’s Edge have both gotten their fair share of significant changes over the first five seasons, so unless the devs have something even more drastic in mind, it might be time for the Apex Games to move to a totally new destination.

This speculation isn’t purely based on optimism either; a job listing on Respawn’s website states that the new hire will “create and own large scale multiplayer maps iterating through gameplay blockouts in a live playtest environment,” which can really only mean one thing.

Furthermore, Respawn has dropped a major hint during the finale of Season 5’s Broken Ghost Quest, with Lifeline saying that they should travel to a new world named Psamathe.

While Psamathe has been teased in Fortune Favor’s trailer, it now seems more likely to be the Season 6 map. The Apex medic also suggested that the team “go to Olympus”, which could be the Arena on this new planet. A UFO-like structure was also found in the game files and could be used to transport the legends.

Does this mean that there will be a new map in S6? No one knows for sure yet, since these expected changes could happen for S7 or S8. Only time will tell.

Respawn EntertainmentIs the rocket shown in the Apex Legends Season 6 trailer going to take the Legends to a whole new planet?

That sums up everything we know about Season 6, for now, but there will undoubtedly more that gets uncovered about the next chapter of Apex Legends as we approach it. As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news, updates, guides, and more.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!