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Apex Legends

4 months ago

Apex Legends confirms next character is Wattson and… hints at dragons?

The next playable character coming to Apex Legends is not, contrary to what that image ↑ might suggest, the Prince of All Cosmos from some gritty reboot of Katamari Damacy. Electronic Arts announced during their E3 newsblast that, as leaks had suggested, the tenth legend is an inventor named Wattson. Arriving with Season 2, which starts on July 2nd, she can can sling around high-tech…

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5 months ago

Apex Legends special event pits you against the most apexest legends

Ah, poor Apex Legends. I've been neglecting you. You're the best royal battler out there, but nowadays I'm too busy chopping swordboys in Mordhau. If only you were to hold some kind of limited-time event next week, where I could earn the right to compete in a special "Elite Queue" and earn special cosmetics. You should chuck in a double XP weekend too, while you're…

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Dota 2’s paid “avoid player” option is part of a pattern of developers sidelining anti-abuse features

Dota 2's International 2019 Battle Pass has plenty of issues. As Matt wrote earlier this month, alongside a waterfall of cosmetics and a special mode, the pass will unlock an in-game assistant that seems to give owners an advantage over those who haven’t forked over at least £7.50/$10. But (as reported by The Verge) the pass is paywalling another key feature – the ability to…

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Apex Legends fixes faulty servers, planning to punish piggybackers

Y'know that weird problem where Apex Legends matches would sometimes start out in slow-motion? That should now be fixed, or at least a lot better, as developers Respawn Entertainment say they found some servers had faulty hardware that wasn't detected by normal checks and have removed them. Their state of the game update chat on Friday night also mentioned other performance fixes in the pipeline…

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6 months ago

Apex Legends has banned 770,000 cheaters

As cheapskate circus owner Larson E. Whipsnade famously said, you can't cheat an honest man*. You also can't cheat Respawn Entertainment, because they will find out and ban you from Apex Legends. Or so they say: that's the main takeaway from their wee developer update on cheaters and spammers, who Respawn have been cracking down on like a lion loose in a hot-air balloon. I…

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Respawn prioritising Apex Legends updates over more Titanfall

Respawn Entertainment insist they're not shifting staff from Apex Legends to work on other games, rather the contrary: focusing on Apex is pushing back the next Titanfall. They've opened up about their update plans, saying current priorities are hit detection, cheats, server slowness, and audio performance. They are planning a new weapon and changes to the murderisland for future content updates but don't expect those…

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Apex Legends patch 1.1.1 focuses on “thicc-boi buffs”

The beefy lads of Apex Legends should be a little less death-prone now, thanks to today's version 1.1.1 patch. Despite looking big, tall and imposingly tank-like, Gibraltar and Caustic have been easy targets in the popular battle royale shooter due to their larger frames and hitboxes. They previously shared this vulnerability with the more robo-skeletal-looking Pathfinder, but developers Respawn have narrowed his down for easier…

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PSA: If Apex Legends feels like playing in soup, just play in the soup for a bit

Are you suffering from slow-motion Apex Legends servers? Try this one weird fix that doctors hate! I played three rounds of Apelegs last night, and each one kicked off in treacle. Apparently this has been happening to other people ever since the game launched, though I'd not encountered it, and the fix is simply to stick around until the server stops being clogged up with…

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Apex Legends leaver penalties were a little premature

Respawn Entertainment are indeed planning to add penalties for folks who abandon their squads and leave in the middle of Apex Legends rounds, but not just yet - and not in the exact form that they accidentally added it last week. Wednesday's update, on top of accidentally making accounts seem reset, included a work-in-progress version of leaver penalties that was enabled by accident. Whoops. But…

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7 months ago

Apex Legends accidentally wiped accounts, now restored

Some Apex Legends players experienced a minor panic yesterday when the game seemed to have reset their accounts and wiped all their progress. Thankfully, developers Respawn Entertainment say it was just a minor hiccup caused by a server switch and they fixed it last night. Players will lose progress from the several hours between the loss and the recovery, but I suppose that's better than…

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Feign Belgianness in Apex Legends to replace Battle Pass loot boxes with crafting materials

Canny Apex Legends have figured out a way to get crafting materials from levelling up the Battle Pass instead of loot boxes: by pretending to be in Belgium, a country which has cracked down on loot boxes. This results in a slightly smaller overall reward but materials do let players craft specific skins rather than hoping for blind luck with the boxes. All you have…

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Apex Legends bounces into its Wild Frontier season today

Apex Legends's first major update since launch is live now. New robo-legged (no apelegs here) legend Octane is all about going fast, although he's a bit tougher than his skinny Borderlands-esque frame would suggest. He constantly regenerates health, and can invest it in temporary speed boosts. His ultimate ability is a big ol' jump pad - a portable trampoline that can be used by your…

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Apex Legends launches into its first season tomorrow with mad lad Octane

Apex Legends kicks off its first cosmetic-driven season tomorrow - Wild Frontier. Players of Respawn's overnight battle royale hit can plonk down 950 Apex Coins (1000 is roughly $10) on the game's first Battle Pass, offering a linear chain of 100 cosmetic rewards to earn through play over the coming months. Those who can't wait for fashion can plonk down 2800 coins to skip straight…

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‘They’re just rumours, innit’ say Apex Legends developers on datamining

Rumours have been churning around data-mined discoveries in Apex Legends, only to be quashed last night by developers Respawn Entertainment. Or not quashed, as such. But they have said, to paraphrase, 'look these are rumours ok, you'll get your battle pass soon plz calm down'. Respawn's statement also follows Origin prematurely showing some users adverts for Season One, featuring a new mobility-focused hero called Octane…

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Ban galore: Apex Legends has banned over 355k PC accounts for cheating

Respawn Entertainment have vowed to improve the cheat-busting tech in Apex Legends, though it seems to be doing pretty well already considering they say they've banned over 355,000 accounts since launch five weeks ago. It's good to see Titanfall's free-to-play battle royale spin-off slam so many bans, as the low cost of entry on F2P games is like poo to a fly. In this powerful…

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Apex Legends balance patch demotes Wingman to Wingboy

War never changes, but the guns do sometimes get rebalanced. Apex Legends developers Respawn have finished the first balance pass on their free-to-play battle royale shooter, tweaking the Wingman revolver and the Peacekeeper shotgun to make them a tad less deadly while increasing the availability of energy weapons. Those and a few bug fixes are the only changes so far, but the devs have also…

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8 months ago

First Apex Legends update adds a chargey-uppy gun

You know a game's good when it's got me doing news about a single new gun. The first proper Apex Legends update has thrown Havoc into the ring, resulting in a thousand games journos writing variations of this sentence. (Apex, for those that have spent the past couple of weeks on Mars or something, is a free-to-play battle royale FPS from the Titanfall devs.) The…

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Apex Legends players are becoming cryptid hunters

Players who have been parachuting into free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends (Apelegs? Have we committed one way or the other on Apelegs yet?) have stumbled on something cute – a small plushie version of Nessie, hanging out in the water near Cascades. Nessie may be hiding more secrets though, the devs have teased, leading to a fully fledged manhunt for the elusive cryptids.

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