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E3 2020 could be in jeopardy due to coronavirus concerns in Los Angeles

Published: 5/Mar/2020 0:07 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:21

by Brad Norton

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This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) might be in jeopardy due to an ever-expanding concern of the coronavirus as Los Angeles appears ready to declare a state of emergency.

E3 is one the most iconic conventions in the gaming industry and the world’s top studios come together to showcase what they’ve been working on behind the scenes. From the shock and awe of surprise announcements to first-looks of brand new gaming hardware, it is often viewed as one of the most significant weekends on the gaming calendar.

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As concern continues to brew surrounding the coronavirus however, it appears as though the convention could be in jeopardy for 2020.

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E3 2019 recorded a total of 66,100 attendees.

The first coronavirus-related death in California was reported on March 4. Subsequently, Los Angeles County became the second county in the United States to declare a state of emergency as the situation worsened.

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In a statement provided by the Electronic Software Association, it was outlined how the state of emergency could impact this year’s convention. Despite pressing forward with the event for the time being, the situation is constantly being monitored and plans could change at any moment.

“The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff is our top priority. While the ESA continues to plan for a safe and successful E3 show June 9-11, 2020 – we are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily.”

“We are actively assessing the latest information and will continue to develop measures to further reduce health risks at the show.”

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E3 often serves host to some of the biggest announcements in the gaming industry.

While the ESA rallies in spite of the emergency, notable events throughout the gaming landscape have been significantly impacted and even cancelled outright as a result of the coronavirus.

For instance, after countless studios pulled out of the event, the 2020 Game Developers Conference was postponed on February 28.

Additionally, one of CSGO’s landmark esports competitions , IEM Katowice, was forced to continue without a single attendee due to the coronavirus.

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Could we see publishers pulling out of E3 as a result of the coronavirus?

There’s no telling just yet whether E3 2020 will be postponed or cancelled entirely, though the ESA is certainly aware of the possibility and constantly monitoring the severity of the situation in Los Angeles.

With more and more studios opting to present their new announcements in a pre-recorded format through their own channels, perhaps that may be the way of things for all devs in 2020 as concern surrounding the virus continues.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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