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Shroud explains why Epic Games will “save” PC gaming

Published: 13/Jun/2019 9:16 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 9:57

by Calum Patterson

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The Epic Games Store has faced widespread criticism from the PC gaming community since announcing its ambition to rival Steam, but top Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek thinks it might be exactly what PC gaming needs.

For over a decade, Valve’s ‘Steam’ has been the number one store for buying PC games digitally, with everything from free-to-play indie games to triple A releases always ensuring they’re available on Steam, in order to reach the biggest audience.

The Epic Games Store has started securing more and more exclusives though, offering developers better splits of the revenue, and while some gamers see this as an aggressive tactic to force them into using Epic’s launcher, shroud thinks it may be necessary for PC gaming’s future.

Epic GamesThe Epic Games Store looks to rival steam as the primary destination for buying games on PC.

Discussing his anticipation for the Final Fantasy VII Remake, a viewer pointed out that it’s “only on PS4 at launch”, to which shroud replied: “It’s ok, Epic [Games] is going to save us.”

Shroud is suggesting that Epic Games may be in the process of securing timed PC exclusivity for FFVII Remake, after all, the game is made on Epic’s own Unreal Engine.

“I don’t think you guys realize how important Epic is to PC gaming,” shroud continued. “They will literally save PC gaming – well, it hasn’t really gone anywhere, but they’re going to help it.

Epic Games, bankrolled by their own massive financial success of Fortnite, now have the means to compete for the market share which Steam previously dominated.

By offering developers better splits of revenue, Epic may entice developers and publishers who may have otherwise avoided making PC versions of their games altogether.

Still, the community sentiment towards Epic is still overwhelmingly negative, partly because it doesn’t have many of the features which Steam users have come to enjoy, such as full refunds for games if only played for a certain amount of time.

Shroud thinks that the pushback against the Epic Games Store from gamers themselves is just down to a general dislike of ‘change’ though, rather than any inherit problem with the service itself.

Apex Legends

What’s coming in Apex Legends Season 7? Horizon, Olympus, Trident, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 16:43 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 16:58

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends Season 7 is on the horizon, which means a new Legend, new weapons and even a new map. So, here’s everything we know so far.

Since releasing back in February 2019, Apex Legends has cemented itself as one of the premier battle royale games around. 

Season 7 has been moved up a week, now starting on November 4, cutting your time short to complete the battle pass, if you’re still grinding through it.

The new Legend added to the roster, Horizon, will no doubt be the biggest talking point, but fans are eagerly awaiting the new map, Olympus, the vehicle, Trident, weapons, and more. So, here’s everything we know so far about what Season 7 could have in store. 

Rampart with her minigun in Apex Legends
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Rampart joined the party in Apex Legends Season 6, but the countdown is on to Season 7.

Apex Legends Season 7 legend

Horizon is set to become the new Legend in Season 7, joining the roster after her teasers in the Firing Range and most recently in the Ascension trailer. However, Respawn hasn’t as of yet confirmed her abilities, but the trailer showcased a fantastic peek into her skills which will no doubt be a great way to secure the win against your enemies.

Data miners have, however, provided us with a clear indication of what Horizon’s abilities will be like, one being Gravity Lifts, which we got a teaser of in-game.

Horizon in Apex Legends
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Our first look at Horizon in-game in Apex Legends.

New weapon in Season 7

Looking at a potential new weapon is similar to the situation with how things work for new legends – there have been plenty of leaks and a ton of speculation, but nothing is set in stone.

One of the main possibilities is the Compound Bow. This unreleased weapon was spotted in artwork released during the early days of Season 6 as it hasn’t been released yet. But, again, it’s a case of wait and see. 

Olympus map in Apex Legends Season 7

Respawn also previously treated fans to a small look at the new map, Olympus, via an Instagram Apex Legends effect. With the release of the Ascension trailer on October 28, however, we get a broader view of this stunning map.

The map is bright and highly saturated, full of pink and red-hued trees, lush grass, and gigantic sprawling architecture that will make for a refreshing change from the already fantastic maps available to players in the past.

 Season 6, however, focused on map changes to World’s Edge – including a rocket ship launchpad over towards The Dome. 

 

Titanfall 2 multiplayer map Angel City on Psamanthe.
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Apex Legends is moving to Olympus on Psamanthe in Season 7

Apex Legends buffs in Season 7

In the case of Legend changes, the Respawn team regularly tweaks a few things at the start of each season – be it cutting down a cooldown on a certain ability or giving a legend a brand new passive. 

Pathfinder has already been confirmed to be getting a buff in the near future, and it makes sense that this would come in Season 7. 

Respawn have now also confirmed that Mirage and Rampart will be getting buffs in the new Season, though haven’t given any details on what exactly they will be yet.

New vehicle type

a new vehicle called the trident that looks like a hovercraft is shown in the new ascension trailer
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The Trident, a hovercraft-style vehicle appears throughout the new Ascension trailer

We have also been treated to a new peak at the Trident; a new vehicle that seems to resemble a hovercraft and can take multiple passengers. This is sure to be a fantastic addition to the arsenal of options available to players in how they traverse the map and get that edge over their enemies.

Season 7 introduces clubs

The official Apex Legends website also confirms Clubs are arriving, which as of now are only described as being a way to “find like-minded players, build a community, and rise together.” It will be interesting to see how these Clubs are developed and what it will mean for those that are in them. Shrugtal found out information about Clubs back in June, and it looks like they will be soon available for players to utilize with Season 7.

Apex on Steam, and what it means for you

With the launch of Season 7, Apex Legends will become available for the first time on Steam, with even greater news: player progress will carry over! Playing on Steam in Season 7 will also give players special Valve-inspired guns. This is a fantastic addition for those who like to utilize Steam as their centralized hub for their gaming.

New weapon type: Gadgets

It has also been suggested that a new weapon type – Gadgets – are also set to appear in Apex Legends in the future.

Reliable data miner Shurgtal pointed out that there is in-game code for Gadgets and suggested that they could be things like smoke grenades that are non-combat throwable items. These haven’t appeared in-game during Season 6, and could be ripe for Season 7.

 

As we approach the new season, we’ll keep this post updated with any claims from reliable lakers or just flat out confirmed changes from Respawn themselves.