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Who is Forge in Apex Legends? Abilities for potential Season 4 legend

Published: 9/Nov/2019 12:11 Updated: 23/Jan/2020 18:30

by Connor Bennett

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The next Legend to be released for Apex Legends is currently being held under wraps but a new name – Forge – has reared its head. Here’s everything we know so far about the mysterious character. 

Apex Legends season 3 is in full swing, but the excitement has already begun growing for season four – which is expected to drop sometime during the upcoming holiday season.

As with the start of any new season, Apex players should expect a brand new legend to join the current roster. We’ve already seen names like Nomad, Rosie, and even Revenant but the latest rumors all surround Forge – with some whispers even suggesting that they may not be the only legend released in the new season.

Legends like Rosie have been leaked before but haven’t been seen in-game yet.

Forge was originally leaked back on November 5, when data miners like Shrugtal and That1MiningGuy uncovered a tonne of new details within the game’s files.

The leakers were able to uncover placeholders for cosmetic items, as well as six abilities for the hero. Of course, current Legends only have three, and these six could very well be ones that are being tested in order to find out what is balanced in the game and what isn’t. The six, seemingly melee-centered abilities and their descriptions, can be found below.

  • Pull Shot: Short-range grapple that pulls enemies into you or can be used to launch yourself into the air.
  • Ground Slam: Press crouch while airborne to slam into the ground below.
  • K.O. Punch: Jump forward in a direction. Press crouch while airborne to slam into the ground below.
  • One-Two: Bull rush in a straight line. If you hit an enemy along the way, press again to do an upper-cut launching you into the air.
  • One The Ropes: Enhances your melee to do more damage the lower your health is. Dealing melee damage gives you temporary overshield.
  • Victory Rush: Killing a player with a melee attack restores your health and gives you a 30% speed boost for 10 seconds

As for what the legend looks like, we have a decent idea thanks to an apparent concept drawing that Shrugtal was able to dig up from the legend icon set.

On top of that, we have a look at his full model as well as a closeup of his medallion, which will also be a weapon charm.

The rugged-looking character, who has been labeled as the “augmented brawler,” seems to bear a slight resemblance to Gibraltar. Whether or not this would be their final look, of course, remains to be seen.

With season four just around the corner, the release of Forge could also follow, with That1MiningGuy noting that some strings of code made hints towards the new season.

However, the use of ‘chars’ could also hint that we could see more than one legend released in the new campaign – which would be different to the previous seasons which have only made one new legend available upon release.

With an abundance of legends being leaked ever since Respawn Entertainment introduced the seasonal aspect to their battle royale title, the developers would have a good amount to choose from.

If they do so, however, is a different question altogether considering these leaks should always be taken with a pinch of salt until the characters are released in-game.

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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.