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Jeff Kaplan explains why Overwatch doesn’t have a ping system like Apex Legends

Published: 16/Feb/2019 18:23 Updated: 16/Feb/2019 18:39

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan explained to fans on the official Overwatch forums why the game doesn’t have a ping system like Apex Legends does.

The idea of implementing a system similar to Apex Legends’ ping in Overwatch has been floating around the Overwatch community practically since Apex launched on February 5.

In a post discussing Apex Legends ping, Kaplan praised what Respawn was able to do with the system in the new game.

“Respawn did such a good job with the Ping System in Apex Legends,” Kaplan said. “It works really well.”

He went on to reveal that developers originally included a very similar ping system back in the early development of Overwatch, based off of games like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm.

Kaplan explained developers eventually removed the feature for a few reasons, one being that the ping got to be “very spammy if more than a few people were using it.”

He also said that the geography of Overwatch maps and the engagement distances is “fairly constrained” compared to Apex Legends.

“This made pinging upwards challenging and often frustrating,” Kaplan wrote. “An example is standing at the gate of point A of Temple of Anubis and trying to ping the upper ledge above the gate entering point B. Our engagement distances tend to be in the 10-30 meter range (for perspective it’s about 45 meters all the way across the entire dojo in Hanamura B). In Apex, you have very long engagement distances and very big maps… it makes it easier to ping below you.”

Apex Legend’s ping system allows players to tag enemies, items, or just areas of interest.

Kaplan also mentioned he wouldn’t mind going back and taking a look at the ping system in Overwatch again, to see if there’s some way to make it work.

“We do have some designs for improvements and customization to the communication wheel that we’re trying to get in,” he revealed. “But we’re always appreciative of feedback and suggestions.”

So it looks like fans who were hoping Overwatch developers took note of what Apex Legends did well are actually getting what they asked for.

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Apex Legends Chaos Theory event: Caustic Town Takeover, Leaks, heirloom

Published: 24/Feb/2021 14:43

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends Season 8 event, Chaos Theory, is expected to release in March, and will launch alongside the release of Apex on Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything we know about the event so far, including release date, leaks, rumors and even an heirloom to be expected.

When is Chaos Theory event in Apex Legends?

The event is expected to start on March 11, just a couple days after the Switch release for Apex Legends, on March 9. This will follow the conclusion of the Anniversary Collection event on March 3, after it was extended by a week.

Events typically last between two and three weeks, so expect a similar time frame for Chaos Theory.

Despite no official announcement yet, we know it will be called Chaos Theory after Target revealed it early on their Nintendo Switch Champion Edition listing.

Caustic Town Takeover

Respawn have been teasing the next Town Takeover, expected to be for Caustic, in-game. The first teaser dropped on February 23.

The Town Takeover will be at Water Treatment on Kings Canyon, but we will have to wait until Respawn do a full reveal to see what it looks like.

Caustic in Apex Legends
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Caustic is next up for a Town Takeover in Apex Legends

Bangalore Heirloom

Bangalore is the only original launch Legend who hasn’t received an heirloom yet, and all signs point to her being next up.

Numerous leaks from data miners have found what Bangalore’s heirloom will be, so you can check it out here if you don’t mind the spoiler.

The Anniversary Collection event provides the opportunity to get 150 heirloom shards, so if you’re a Bangalore main, you might want to hold on to those shards for a bit.

Bangalore in war paint in apex Legends
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Bangalore is the only original launch Legend without an heirloom – yet.

Chaos Theory event skins

We don’t yet have any images of the skins coming in the event, but data miners have narrowed down which Legends we can expect some new cosmetics for specifically.

Thanks to reliable leaker Biast12, the expected event skins are for the following characters:

Legendary:

  • Caustic
  • Crypto
  • Gibraltar
  • Loba
  • Rampart
  • Revenant
  • Wattson

Epic:

  • Octane
  • Caustic
  • Wattson

There are also files for numerous recolors for past event skins, but we’re not sure yet if these will be available during the Chaos Theory event, or separately.


That’s everything we know so far about the Chaos Theory event, though there are still a lot of details unknown. We’ll keep you updated on everything right here, and on Twitter @TitanfallBlog.

For more Apex Legends Season 8 tips and tricks check out our guides below:
30-30 Repeater guide | All legend buffs and nerfs | All weapon buffs and nerfs | Fuse guide | What is in the Season 8 battle pass? | Season 8 Patch notes | How to open explosive holds | Spitfire guide | R99 guide | Mastiff guide | When is Apex for Switch out?