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Apex Legends dev explains why Airdrop Escalation won’t be permanent

Respawn Entertainment addressed player concerns that the Airdrop Escalation LTM would be permanent in Apex Legends.

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The new Airdrop Escalation LTM has brought some changes to the supply drops in Apex Legends. Some players are concerned about how this would affect care packages, so the devs responded.

The new Fight Night Collection Event finally went live on January 5 and brought many changes to Apex Legends Season 7. This includes an heirloom for Gibraltar and a brand new LTM called Airdrop Escalation. 

The LTM has replaced the normal game mode and will provide you with an increased number of supply drops containing different tiers of fully-knitted weapons. This can lead to players receiving extremely powerful gear in the midst of battle.

Some fans were worried that this system may stay in the game for good and cause it to become unbalanced. The developers took notice of this and addressed fan concerns.

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The Airdrop Escalation LTM isn’t permanent in Apex Legends

The quality of the gear that you can obtain from the LTM’s supply drops increases later in the match. While you might get something useful early one, the drops will contain Evo Shields and high tier guns that give the wielder a huge advantage during late-game.

This serves as a major change to the loot game of Apex Legends. The LTM will reward players who find supply drops later in the match by making them more powerful than others. While this works as a temporary feature, some players don’t want it to stick around for good.

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Reddit user shiba219808 shared a YouTube comment complaining about how Airdrop Escalation “breaks late-game fights,” with the hopes that the developers will take notice. This caught the attention of Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein, who then chimed in.

“We really don’t wanna mess with the loot game of the base BR to this degree permanently,” said Klein. “There are issues that we’re seeing now already around high saturation of red guns deciding late-game fights.”

The devs made it clear that this is not a permanent feature. “The loot game is the beating heart of a BR,” says Daniel. “You better have a really good reason to make a change of this magnitude, and I don’t see one.” 

A few players mentioned that the game mode is still enjoyable, but could use some fine-tuning to improve upon its current issues.

“I actually enjoy the game mode,” said one user, “-but maybe to quell some of the issues you should make it that it only goes up to purple, and then reverts to regular care packages after that round? I feel like early and mid-game it is fine as is, but late game they shouldn’t be dropping.”

Luckily, Respawn Entertainment currently has no plans to shake up the loot game of Apex Legends anytime soon. With Fight Night well underway, we’re getting plenty of close looks at what to expect in the future, such as a new Legend.

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Apex Legends Season 8 Chaos Theory event: Release date, Heirloom, more

Respawn Entertainment will bring brand new content to Apex Legends Season 8 in the upcoming Chaos Theory event.

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The Chaos Theory event will bring a plethora of exciting new content to Apex Legends Season 8, including a new Heirloom and Town Takeover. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

The Apex Legends Anniversary Collection Event allowed fans to celebrate the game’s two-year anniversary while bringing cool new content to the battle royale in Season 8. Now, it appears Respawn Entertainment have another event planned known as Chaos Theory.

There are plenty of leaks and rumors about what kind of content we can expect from this Season 8 event, including a brand new Heirloom. Here’s an overview of everything that has been revealed about it so far.

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When is the Chaos Theory event?

We expect this event to begin on March 11, shortly after Apex Legends releases on the Nintendo Switch. The name “Chaos Theory” was revealed by Target on their Nintendo Switch Champion Edition listing.

It will go live soon after the Anniversary Collection Event ends on March 3. Generally, events in this game last around two and three weeks, so we expect Chaos Theory to have a similar duration.

Caustic Town Takeover

A few leaks emerged recently which suggested that Caustic would be the next Legend to get his own Town Takeover, and that we should expect to see some clues in the game soon. Some Apex players found the first teaser which dropped on February 23.

There was a ton of speculation about where Caustic’s Town Takeover will take place, and the leaks pointed towards Water Treatment on Kings Canyon. Hopefully, Respawn will give us a first look at it soon.

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Bangalore Heirloom

Bangalore is the only character from the original roster in Apex Legends who is still awaiting her Heirloom, and it seems like that time has arrived. Some data miners managed to dig up an Heirloom in the files after the Aftermarket Event.

The leaked images show Bangalore’s Heirloom to be a knife resembling a Kukri, which is a type of Indian Machete.

Completing Season 8’s Anniversary event will net you 150 Heirloom Shards to spend on an already existing Heirloom of your choice so you might want to save up on those.

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Chaos Theory event skins

While we haven’t gotten a first look at the new Chaos Theory event skins yet, a few data miners may have figured out which Legends will be getting these cosmetics.

This information came from reliable Apex Legends leaker Biast12, who listed the following characters that will receive brand new skins:

Legendary:

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

Epic:

  • Octane
  • Caustic
  • Wattson

We might also see the addition of recolored variants of past event skins, but it’s not clear whether or not Respawn will release these as part of the Chaos Theory event. That covers everything we know so far!

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Apex Legends devs considering making Locked & Loaded mode permanent

One Apex Legends dev has confirmed that Respawn is considering making the Locked & Loaded loot changes permanent.

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Respawn Entertainment have stated that they just might make the Locked & Loaded mode loot changes permanent due to the praise this mode received from Apex Legends fans.

The Apex Legends Season 8 Anniversary Collection Event brought a ton of new content to the battle royale. One major inclusion was the Locked & Loaded mode, which sees all players spawn in the match with level 1 loot.

This LTM allows you to jump into the game with a basic helmet, shield, Mozambique, optic and syringes already equipped. Needless to say, this convenience made the mode popular among Apex fans, and Respawn took notice.

While the mode was only supposed to be around for a limited time, it seems that it may be here to stay.

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Reddit user blitz_na started a thread in the Apex Legends subreddit, in which they asked Respawn to consider keeping Locked & Loaded around for good. This led to a response from lead game designer Daniel Klein, who gave the fans hope.

“We are… considering [it],” he said. “Carefully. No conclusion has been reached yet. I’m personally a little worried about shortening the loot loop by removing grey loot… other than that though, it seems like all upside.”

This caused quite a stir among Apex fans, as the dev received a variety of different responses from them. Many of them felt a sense of joy at the possibility of Locked & Loaded being made permanent, while others responded far less favorably.

Locked and loaded might become permanent in Apex Legends

A few fans made it clear that they find it difficult to return to the base game after trying out the LTM, even if it was just for a short while. Others suggested that Respawn allow players to keep the grey loot, but they should still spawn without a weapon to keep things challenging.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s important to keep in mind that no conclusion has been reached yet. As Klein explained, they’re currently considering the potential downsides of implementing this change, so they’ll have to test it out for a while.

Apex Legends players can still enjoy Season 8 in the meantime and find out how to best master Fuse and the best landing spots.

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Possible teaser for Caustic Town Takeover found in Apex Legends

A potential teaser for Caustic’s upcoming Town Takeover may have been discovered by some Apex Legends players.

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A few Apex Legends players have discovered a potential teaser for Caustic’s upcoming Town Takeover on Kings Canyon, which has fueled the hype even further.

Respawn Entertainment like giving each character their own Town Takeovers that reform a POI in that Legend’s image. The previous season introduced a Pathfinder-themed boxing arena, and fans have been wondering about who will get the spotlight in Season 8.

A few leaks emerged recently which suggested that Caustic would be the next Legend to get his own Town Takeover, and that we should expect to see some clues in the game soon. Some Apex players may have found these teasers.

Caustic's Town Takeover teaser

Apex Legends Caustic Town Takeover teasers

On February 23, Respawn added a brand new Apex Legends loading screen that shows Caustic walking before stopping to check out the Crash Site in Kings Canyon. This doesn’t sound like much on its own, but it fits with a few previous leaks.

The release of this loading screen lines up with what the Apex data mining community predicted back in early February, when a schedule for ‘s08_tt_teaser_phases’ was leaked, pointing to this date. However, that’s not all that Respawn have changed up.

In addition to the new loading screen, a few matches are reportedly rendering a Caustic on the Apex Arena. Reddit user kittycakekats posted a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, showcasing the character in the same place that he’s seen in the loading screen.

So far, there has been no indication of other Caustic Town Takeover teasers or easter eggs to search for in the battle royale. Despite this, the hype hasn’t quelled, as fans are discussing different theories of what to expect.

There are some in the Apex community who feel that the Legend’s current strength leaves a lot to be desired, and this has led to them worrying about what the Town Takeover will play like.

The schedule states that the next in-game teaser is set to appear on February 25, and we’ll keep checking for any official announcements by Respawn Entertainment. Hopefully, we’ll get a better look at the Town Takeover soon.

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