Apex Legends’ Holo-Day Bash event is underway, but some fans were critical of the return of the Winter Express LTM, calling it “recycled.”
Apex Legends has had its Holiday-themed overhaul with the start of the Holo-Day Bash. With it came challenges, new and returning cosmetics to purchase, and the return of a fan-favorite limited time mode (LTM).
The Winter Express LTM first appeared in Apex Legends with 2019’s Holo-Day Bash event. To put it simply, squads must fight for control of a train that revolves around the World’s Edge map. It’s different to the regular BR that Apex usually is, with players being allowed to respawn and using set loadouts rather than looting.
This mode was extremely popular last year, so Respawn brought it back with some much-needed updates and changes. New stations and loadouts have been added, as well as being allowed to respawn and get back to the fight quicker.
On the Holo-Day Bash announcement post on the Apex Legends subreddit, some were critical of the LTM returning, calling it a “recycled mode.”
Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein gave a lengthy response to the claims.
“I really wouldn’t call Winter Express a recycled mode,” he replied. “Mark worked his ass off to make it so much better. Between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”
User avengingewok responded to Klein, saying although they appreciate the hard work and are glad to see it return, “it’s still recycled.”
“Real talk, this took more effort than making a mode like, I don’t know, Armed and Dangerous,” Klein fired back.
“We’re still figuring out what we want to do; Winter Express seemed like a no-brainer because it didn’t show quite as steep a dropoff (if I remember correctly) and it’s clearly a very different experience. We put a lot of effort into v2; I think a lot of that was also that we subjectively love the mode.”
Klein concluded by saying bringing LTMs are always a difficult choice because what players ask for on Reddit and what they actually play are quite different.
Apex Legends: how to activate the Season 9 Arena teaser
Apex Legends data miners have found out how players can activate a new Season 9 teaser. Here’s how to see it for yourself.
The Apex Legends Season 9 teaser is now live, revealing the mystery behind the mysterious platform in the Firing Range.
After the halfway split for Season 8, players noticed a stranged platform implemented on the left side of the Firing Range map.
For weeks players were unaware of its purpose, but finally, the mystery has been uncovered and is associated with the new upcoming Arena mode.
Data miner @GarretLeaks was among the few who leaked how players can activate the button found on the Firing Range platform.
GarretLeaks has even created a step by step guide of how players can experience the Season 9 Arena teaser, which will be available April 20th:
- Step 1: Collect keycard from care packages (available now)
- Step 2: Find Holosprays scattered around Kings Canyon
- Step 3: Find Holosprays scattered around Olympus
- Step 4: Press the phone in the lobby and listen to the audio
- Step 5: Press the button on the Firing Range platform and wait for the ship (available on April 20th)
The Corrupted Keycards are now live and available to pick up from Care Packages in-game for both Kings Canyon and Olympus. On the 20th, players will then be able to scan the Holosprays and activate the teaser.
Dataminer @Shrugtal released images of where players will be able to find these Holosprays, which are located in various locations across the two maps.
You can scan multiple Holosprays in one match and even scan all three over multiple matches. It seems the Holosprays will spawn in all the locations highlighted in Shrugtal’s image.
Along with this, fellow data miner @Biast12 has also released a video showing what happens after activating the button in the Firing Range.
The video shows Biast boarding a ship after activating the button. Biast arrives at a new location where another button awaits, which activates an elevator. This then takes you into a small arena where a massive hollo of future Legend Ash is shown along with a voice line that states, “The Arena awaits.”
This is clearly a teaser for the upcoming 3v3 mode ‘Arena,’ which will be arriving in Season 9. However, this is also a teaser for the future legend, Ash. Although Ash will likely be arriving at a later Season – more like Season 10 – it does confirm that she will be arriving sooner than later.
In fact, it’s not the first time an announcer for a game mode has eventually become a playable Legend. Back in Season 3, the Shadow Fall game mode saw Revenant as the announcer, who later became a playable Legend in Season 4.
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If this stays true to the format, Ash could be the new Legend for Season 10, after being an announcer for the previous season much like the introduction of Revenant. Players will be able to activate this teaser towards the end of Season 8.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Big map changes and Crypto event details revealed Apex Legends Season 9 leak
Some new Apex Legends leaks point to Olympus going through big changes in Season 9, and Crypto’s heirloom event having a special theme.
A new Apex Legends leak has emerged which hints at some major map changes for Olympus and World’s Edge when Season 9 goes live. It also reveals new details about the Crypto heirloom event too.
Apex Legends has gone through various changes since launch, with each update bringing new content like weapons, heirlooms, and even Legends. The game’s map has also been reformed with new areas like Olympus joining the battle royale.
While Kings Canyon and World’s Edge have been largely altered from their original forms, Olympus has yet to be touched. Now, some new leaks have popped up which suggest that’s all about to change soon.
“Olympus should get the “big map change” at season start,” he tweeted. “World’s Edge should get a small map change mid-season.” So far, it doesn’t seem like anything is planned for Kings Canyon but that could change.
Season 8 completely reformed that map, and left it in a ruined state. So, it’s likely that Respawn might plan some bigger changes for it in future seasons.
Additionally, the data miner also had revealed some new information regarding the upcoming Crypto heirloom event. The season three legend is getting a Jikdo sword as an heirloom, and the event will have a “post-apocalypse” theme.
That event will probably also bring some brand-new skins and other cosmetics for players to equip. With a potential “post-apocalypse” theme, we wouldn’t be too surprised if we ended up seeing some creative new designs.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and are subject to change until Respawn announces something official. That said, we’ll keep checking for further updates, and will inform you once we learn something new.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends devs may rework Crypto if his play rate gets worse
Apex Legends dev reveals hacker Crypto could be receiving a rework in Season 9 if his pick rate gets any worse.
Crypto could be next in line to receive a rework for Season 9 after Apex Legends dev reveals they are watching his play rate closely.
Crypto is a very niche character in Apex Legends and it’s no surprise that his play rate may be lower than most of the other Legends.
Crypto was introduced in Season 3, along with World’s Edge after the hacker destroyed the beacon at Repulser on Kings Canyon. Crypto has a strong dislike towards the Syndicate, the group behind the Apex Games, joining the fight to get closer to the corrupt company.
His introduction was well received and even became a strong pick in Ranked Leagues, combining his ultimate Drone EMP with characters like Wraith and Octane to get in quickly after Crypto deals the shield damage.
During a podcast, live balance designer John Larson stated that Crypto had a low pick rate in Season 8, but a “healthy win rate,” putting him in an odd spot for a rework.
His pick rate is much lower than other Legends, sitting at 1.5% compared to fellow Survey Legend Bloodhound’s 14.3%, according to Apex legends Status.
Larson believes this is because of his Surveillance Drone, as it provokes a playstyle that many players aren’t necessarily too fond of. Most casual players want a character that keeps them in the fight and can be used aggressively, whereas Crypto is most useful when he is in the drone.
Unlike Bloodhound, for Crypto to be most effective he needs to be out of the fight, making him a tough character to master and also one that many players won’t have the motivation for.
Crypto is a character that once mastered, can be extremely useful, especially with good teammates who have the ability to take fights without a third always being there.
If Crypto’s play rate or win rate gets any lower, Larson revealed they will look into reworking him as a whole, much like Mirage and Lifeline.
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