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Awesome Apex Legends easter egg found in new Overwatch 2 mode

Published: 3/Nov/2019 11:46 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 12:29

by Andy Williams

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Popular Apex Legends character, Pathfinder, has received a unique tribute from an android counterpart in Overwatch 2’s brand new game mode, Push.

After making its debut during BlizzCon 2019, Overwatch 2 has been lapped up by fans around the world. A fresh take on the original to the Blizzard franchise, the gameplay from Overwatch’s second iteration has taken tactical shooters by storm. 

Perhaps most notably, Overwatch 2 premiered the all-new player-vs-player mode known as ‘Push’, where teams battle it out to take control of a robot that pushes the objective towards the enemy base. Showcased by the likes of Felix ‘xQc‘ Lengyel and Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, Push was a big hit among those who were fortunate enough to get hands-on. 

Activision BlizzardPush is set to be a core multiplayer mode within Overwatch 2.

However, it is the robot that is stealing the limelight, with its salute directed towards everyone’s favorite MRVN robot from Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale. 

While showcasing gameplay of Push, the focal point to the game mode is when the robot is set in motion to head towards the enemy base. Signaling its activation, the robot exclaimed: “Who is ready to push? I am!”

Although, as aptly noticed by self-proclaimed Apex Legends lore master, ‘FrozenFroh’, the line is akin to Pathfinder’s quip: “Who’s ready to fly on a zipline? I am!” which is voiced when deploying their Ultimate ability.

Although this could be entirely down to coincidence, the dialogue runs parallel to the MRVN robot’s famed quip — perhaps both are seeking their creator? This comes after Pathfinder’s dislike of birds appears to mirror Overwatch’s Omnic warrior, Bastion, who is often seen with his companion, Ganymede.

Respawn/BlizzardPathfinder holds a specific distaste to birds.

Should he crossover between the characters’ in-game dialogue be more than simply due to chance, it provides a welcomed alliance between the developers. 

Of course, this could be the start of things to come, as Activision Blizzard hone in and add the finishing touches to Overwatch’s next iteration. Need to know more? Stay tuned with everything we know about Overwatch 2 so far.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.