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When is World’s Edge map returning to Apex Legends Season 5?

Published: 13/May/2020 21:33 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:48

by Theo Salaun

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The launch of Apex Legends Season 5 has brought an overhaul to King’s Canyon, which will be the only map in rotation for two weeks per Respawn Entertainment. 

“To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.” It appears Apex Legends is taking Fullmetal Alchemist’s lesson to heart, as the recent addition of a revamped Kings Canyon has come at the expense of many’s favorite map: World’s Edge.

As for when World’s Edge is expected to return, the developers have indicated in their patch notes that the map will get back into rotation “after the two week honeymoon period.” 

 

This means that the fan-favorite World’s Edge is most likely to return to the rotation on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

The map should come back as it was at the end of Season 4, meaning that Plant Harvestor and Survey Camp are on the menu—and that the infamous Capitol City will continue existing in its halved, fragmented state.

World's Edge Epicenter is a key part of the map
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Players will miss World’s Edge and its contrast between lava, ice and cities.

 

For now, that’s all we know about the map pool for Season 5. But it is very possible that, as the date approaches, Respawn could tease further changes to World’s Edge.

Respawn’s schedule of releasing Apex Legends updates on Tuesdays has been well-documented, so the return of the map could come as part of a patch that implements some tweaks to the familiar sights of the planet Talos.

In the meantime, players will have to suffice with Kings Canyon for the first two weeks of Season 5. That said, the original map overhaul is pretty wild and suggests some interesting concepts that could also be applied to Apex’s other map. 

Respawn EntertainmentKings Canyon looks a lot different in Apex Legends Season 5.

 

While not quite as groundbreaking as introducing an entirely new map, the changes far outpace those seen when adding one-off sites to maps in play.

For one, the map’s ground was literally broken as Skull Town (and Thunderdome) dropped away in a move that Design Director Jason McCord expects is a change that “sort of offsets the center of the map.”

As he clarified in a recent video with the developers, “If you take away Skull Town and you see that we’ve added Capacitor over by where Wetlands used to be and then there’s the Offshore Rig a little pastthat…the density of the map has moved to that side of the map, instead of Skull Town.”

That addition of Charge Towers, which players can use to instantly recharge their Ultimate ability, is the most intriguing for fans of World’s Edge. While it’s unlikely that many changes will be coming to the Season 4 map upon its return, it feels reasonable to expect that, should King’s Canyon’s Charge Towers be a hit with the community, the new additions could also find their way onto the game’s other map.

Still, it’s entirely unclear if any changes will come to World’s Edge as the developers have been much more focused on Season 5’s launch adjustments. Lest anything gets teased, we’ll just have to wait until May 26 to find out.

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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.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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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!