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Wraith voice actor explains why she’s never played Apex Legends

Published: 29/Feb/2020 17:37 Updated: 1/Mar/2020 22:01

by Connor Bennett

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The actress behind the voice of Wraith, Shantel VanSanten, has explained why she hasn’t actually played a game of Apex Legends – noting that it is pretty different to what she’s played before.

While there are plenty of differences between Apex Legends and its rivals in the battle royale market, one of the biggest differences comes in the form of the game’s characters. They come with set abilities that can be combined together in a trio to create a squad worthy of being called Apex Champions. 

These characters have all got their own personalities behind them as well, voiced by real-life actors who have appeared on TV and other projects. Some of them, including Chris Edgerly, the voice behind Pathfinder, have embraced the game and its fanbase by playing the game and creating content. Though, not everyone has followed suit.

EA/RespawnWraith is an incredibly popular legend in Apex.

Shantel VanSanten, the voice behind Wraith, appeared on Edgerly’s podcast to discuss her experiences with voicing the character and being a part of the game’s development, when she let slip that she hasn’t actually played a match. 

“I have to visualize it because I’ve never played the game, sorry guys,” the actress said, talking about the process of recording voice lines for in-game scenarios. Yet, she noted that she’d seen it being played online and that the battle royale looks so incredibly different to what else she’s actually played. 

“I’ve seen it online because I wanted to understand some of the things but then I got really overwhelmed because I did not understand how complicated it was. I’ve played Mario Kart and Plants vs Zombies and then I go and I’m like ‘what is this game?!” VanSanten added. 

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Of course, while it is enjoyable to fans, the game isn’t for everyone – and that even includes those who have had a hand in giving it to the gaming world. 

Seeing as the game isn’t set to be any less complicated than normal in the future, we probably won’t see VanSanten mimicking her Wraith in-game anytime soon.

Edgerly, meanwhile, can be found streaming in his Pathfinder character on Twitch. He’s also teamed up with Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Mirage, and played a few games, but it doesn’t sound like VanSanten will be joining him for a match.

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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!