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Apex Legends Chinatown Market Crossover: Skins, release date & more

Here’s everything that has been revealed about the crossover between Apex Legends and the LA-based streetwear company Chinatown Market.

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Apex Legends will have a major crossover with the LA-based streetwear company Chinatown Market, and some new skins that will be a part of this have been revealed.

In comparison to other battle royale titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends has been limited when it comes to crossovers. The notable exceptions have been other EA properties like Mass Effect in the form of new weapon charms.

Now, Respawn has planned an official crossover with the LA-based fashion company Chinatown Market. They’ve revealed a brand new skin, along with other details like the event’s starting date. Here’s everything we know so far.

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When is the Apex Legends Chinatown Market crossover?

On March 26, the Apex Legends twitter page revealed Bloodhound’s new “Sundown Desperado” skin, and confirmed the event’s date. It was scheduled to start on March 30, 2021, which lined up with what was revealed in some early leaks.

However, the event’s launch has been delayed in the wake of some controversy that Chinatown Market faced from Asian American communities for the brand name. Now, the skins will launch at a currently unknown later date with new designs.

We’ll keep checking for updates regarding this, and will let you know when a new date is announced. In the past, Chinatown Market have worked with other gaming brands like FaZe Clan and NBA 2K.

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While the Bloodhound one is now confirmed, at least three more characters are supposed to get new Chinatown Market gear: Lifeline, Wraith and Mirage.

You can take a look at each of them below.

Lifeline

Wraith: Ringside

Mirage: Night Crawler

That covers everything that has been revealed about the Chinatown Market event in Apex Legends. There is also plenty of content new to unpack in the War Games event, such as new skins and an LTM.

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Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9

Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.

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L-Star will be changed in Apex Legends Season 9

In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.

The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.

While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.

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Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.

While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.

“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.

L-STAR in Apex Legends

Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”

While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.

The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.

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Apex Legends devs tease new Olympus and World’s Edge locations

Respawn Entertainment have dropped another batch of videos showing potential map locations for Olympus and World’s Edge in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy.

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Apex Legends developers have been teasing Season 9 over on their Instagram account through glitchy videos, which could potentially show off some new map locations for Olympus and Worlds Edge.

Over the past week, Respawn Entertainment has been hard a work teasing and revealing the upcoming Season 9 entitled Legacy.

In the latest videos, it seems map changes for Olympus have been teased, as well as potentially unexpected changes to Apex Legend’s heavily missed map, World’s Edge, which was left out for Season 8.

Apex Legends Olympus Phase Runner

Since the latest Stories from the Outlands short and reveal of the upcoming Apex Legend, Valkyrie, Respawn Entertainment has been teasing the new content coming in Legacy.

The latest videos seem to show off some new map changes in Apex Legends. However, the locations are very confusing. Dataminer @GarretLeaks has been analyzing the videos and has some interesting insight into what the videos are showing.

GarretLeaks first thought these three videos showed “new locations for Olympus,” as he edited the videos to get clear, individual frame images.

The first image shows an underground, tunnel-like setting with the overgrown plants teased in the official Infested Olympus reveal over on the Apex Legends website. Originally, Garret had believed this to be a new location in Olympus.

However, after deeper analysis and help from the community, it is now suspected that we could be seeing a double map change, with the image looking very similar to the tunnel underneath Train Yard on World’s Edge.

This seems even more possible with the second image, as the mountains in the background look very similar to the terrain and surroundings in World’s Edge, not Olympus. One fan has a theory that the image is of a Phase Runner like the one on Olympus, and perhaps Hammond Robotics has decided to build one on World’s Edge.

Lastly, the final image is very familiar as it seems to be the same location teased in the 100 million players video posted by Apex Legends Twitter last week. Many have imagined this location to replace Hammond Labs in the middle of the Olympus map, however more recently, many believe it could actually be a location for the new 3v3 mode, Arena.

If these videos were teasing a double map change for Olympus and World’s Edge, it would definitely surprise players, as this is information that reliable Apex Legends dataminers have missed.

Whatever happens to these maps, make sure you stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for all your Apex Legends news. For more, why not check out our article on the next-gen version of Apex.

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When will the next-gen version of Apex Legends be available?

Apex Legends has been out for a while now, and players are yet to see a next-gen optimization of the game, so when will we see it?

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Apex Legends had its two-year anniversary this year, as well as celebrating 100 million players. Although the game is doing extremely well and is constantly growing, with the release of next generation consoles, when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale?

Apex Legends expanded its player base further than ever in 2020 and 2021, releasing on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Apex Legends developers, Respawn Entertainment, even announced their port for mobile devices recently, revealing that we could be seeing an Apex Legends mobile beta in “Spring 2021.”

This begs the question, especially with the release of next-gen consoles this year, when will we be seeing an optimized Apex Legends game for PS5 and Xbox Series X?

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Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same cross-platform capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have the hardware capable of 4k gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4k resolution.

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

Respawn Entertainment have confirmed over on Reddit during a Season 8 AMA (ask me anything) that the developers will be implementing “more formal enhancements” for next-gen consoles this year.

Apart from frame rate, the other enhancements remain a mystery, with the developers also stating that cross-progression across platforms is “still a ways off,” but remains on their list of improvements.

One of these enhancements the developers mentioned was higher frame rates on next-gen. Steve Ferreira, Respawn’s Team Director, stated that the goal is for Apex Legends to reach a smooth 120 FPS on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s Dual Sense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

While there has not been an official announcement by Respawn Entertainment for a next-gen release date, it does seem that they are working on it and placing it on the top of their priority list.

For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2021. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on 3 quality-of-life changes that would make Apex better on console.

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