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Apex Legends dev responds to calls for Wattson to be reworked

The Apex Legends community have asked for legend Wattson to be reworked and made more viable, but a senior developer shut down that idea.

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The Apex Legends community has called for playable legend Wattson to be reworked, but one of the game’s developers has explained why that’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

Wattson came to Apex Legends in its second season and must be purchased through either 12,000 Legend Tokens or 750 Apex Coins. If you’re new to Apex or are missing some legends, she is also included in the Champion Edition of the game.

As her name might suggest, Wattson’s abilities relate to electricity. She is a defensive legend who can create electric Perimeter Security Fences that deal damage and reveal the enemy’s location as they try to pass through. Ultimate Accelerant fully recharges her Ultimate Ability, which allows her to place an Interception Pylon that blocks incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields over time.

While Wattson is effective in Competitive Apex, the community feels she needs a rework in public matches.

“Buff Wattson please”

Reddit user ‘BaguettePaquette‘ gave feedback on Reddit asking the developers at Respawn to “Buff Wattson.”

In this post, which has gained almost 15k ‘upvotes’ in its first 24 hours, BaguettePaquette made the case that the legend is “completely useless” in public matches. They believe that with many of the other legends being buffed and reworked, she has been left behind and is no longer a viable pick.

“Her fences are useless,” the post read. “They are too noticeable to trick someone.” It then went on to explain how her abilities are easily countered by most other legends.

As many other Legends have had complete reworks in the past, BaguettePaquette asked Respawn to do something similar for Wattson. “It’s time to radically remake Wattson,” it read. “Not just another +5 to fences but the whole concept of a ‘defending’ legend.”

Respawn’s response

Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein gave a detailed response to the feedback.

The first part of the post that Klein took issue with is when BaguettePaquette said that Wattson isn’t often picked in competitive play. The Reddit post claimed that in the ALGS Grand Finals, there wasn’t a single Wattson. Klein responded by saying that Wattson was in four of the final six sqauds.

“Not saying that she shouldn’t be buffed in normal play,” said Klein. “But let’s please base our assessments on reality. She is still dominant in pro play.”

Next, the developer respectfully disagreed that Wattson is useless, saying: “You’re confusing two things: pick rate and effectiveness.” While Wattson has a low pick-rate, she has a high win-rate.

The reason Wattson has a low pick-rate is that most prefer to play for fun, rather than for the win. Wattson’s defensive abilities aren’t as exciting for most players as some of the offensive choices. The success of her ability creates a lack of action (e.g blocking enemies from entering a building), which isn’t as fun for most casual players.

A complete rework for Wattson would be costly and take up time that could be put into new legends and seasons. Klein says that ideally, they’ll find a rework in the future that makes her more exciting in the moment without changing her role.

“I could be convinced to buff her here and there just to throw Wattson mains like yourself a bone,” Klein concluded. “But with absolutely no hope that any such buff would change any of the underlying problems (low pick rate and lack of satisfaction).”

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How big is Apex Legends? Game file size on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch & PC

Here is everything that you need to know about the Apex Legends game file size on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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You’ll want to know how much storage space Apex Legends will take on your system before installing it, so we’ve covered the exact game file size on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Since its release in 2019, Apex Legends has become one of the fastest-growing battle royale titles with a large player count in 2021. Some fans just play public games, while others compete in Ranked Leagues.

The developers often add new content through various update patches, so you’ll need to know how much storage space is required before you install the game.

Apex Legends game file size on PC

Apex Legends size on Steam

Installing Apex Legends requires around 74.05 GB of storage space on your PC or laptop. This means that you can’t enjoy the game on a low-end PC with relatively low disk space.

If you’re running low on storage then you can try deleting some of the larger files in your system, including other games that are already installed. You can also run a system cleaner to remove files that are taking up space.

Once you have enough space, you can try downloading Apex Legends. This can take an estimated time of 12 to 14 hours, but this can vary based on the speed of your Internet connection. You might get it done quicker if your network is fast.

Apex Legends game file size on PlayStation

 Apex Legends on PS4, Origin and Xbox one

As of version 1.82, the Apex Legends takes up around 69.82 GB on PlayStations. You’ll be able to access the game when approximately 28.95 GB of the file has completed downloading.

However, you’ll need to wait for the rest of the installation before you can access network features and play online. Installation of the base game will probably take a few minutes or an hour.

The remaining download could also take an hour or two, depending on your Internet connection.

Apex Legends game file size on Xbox

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The Apex Legends game file size is around 69.9 GB on Xbox Series X and 75.7 GB on Series S. This means that you’ll have to wait several hours for the game to finish installing before you can play it.

You can keep the download going on your system while you play something else. If you feel like doing something else then just make sure that your system isn’t powered off when leaving the room.

As with PlayStation, the installation time could range between one hour or several depending on the speed of your network connection. You can speed it up by making sure that no other devices or apps are downloading updates or other large files.

Apex Legends game file size on Nintendo Switch

Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch

You only need around 24.85 GB of free space to install the battle royale title in your Switch. The Apex Legends game file is much smaller on the Nintendo Switch than it is on other platforms.

The success of Apex Legends since its launch has been spectacular, so it came as no surprise that fans asked the devs to bring the battle royale to other platforms. It finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2021.

The game size will continue to grow over time as Respawn add new content to it. Apex Legends Season 11 will bring the new Legend Ash and a new map called Storm Point that players can battle on.


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Apex Legends dev responds to concerns about Storm Point loot pool

Apex Legends’ Principle Level Designer has responded to fan concerns that there won’t be enough loot on Season 11’s new Storm Point map.

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Apex Legends Season 11 will bring a brand new map to the game called Storm Point, and one developer has responded to fan concerns about the loot pool in this location.

Respawn have a plethora of exciting content planned for Apex Legends Season 11, including the new Legend Ash and C.A.R. SMG. There will also be a new map called Storm Point that players can battle on.

This new area is a tropical climate with beaches, blue waters, wildlife, and a variety of plants too. However, players are concerned that there won’t be enough loot on the map at launch.

Now, one Apex Legends developer has responded to these concerns.

Prowler in Apex Legends

Respawn’s lead game designer Rodney Reece previously worked on the World’s Edge map in Apex Legends and is now the lead designer on Storm Point. He responded to fan queries on Twitter about the loot pool in this new map.

Players complained that there wasn’t enough loot on World’s Edge when it first came out, but the dev insisted that the issue was just that players weren’t used to the map yet. He then reassured fans that they’ll find no shortage of loot on Storm Point.

“When World’s Edge launched, people thought there wasn’t enough loot, when in fact, there were 1k more than KC,” tweeted Reece. “The loot didn’t adjust until Harvester. I expect the same earlier feedback for Storm Point at launch. Trust me, there is plenty of loot on SP.”

When you first drop into a match of Apex Legends, you’ll immediately need to search for some high-tier loot so that you can improve your chances of securing victory. So, it’s reassuring to know that there will be plenty available when Storm Point arrives.

We got a closer look at the new tropical map in the Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer. It’s even bigger than World’s Edge and contains plenty of wildlife nests that you can clear for rewards.


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Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer reveals details on Storm Point, Ash, and C.A.R SMG

The latest gameplay trailer from Apex Legends reveals brand new details regarding the new map, Legend, and weapon coming in Season 11.

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The Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer has revealed the first official in-game look at the brand new map, Legend, and weapon, which all looks amazing.

Apex Legends‘ players have been anticipating Season 11 ever since news broke about there being a new tropical-themed map filled with wildlife. As many will know, Respawn has given players three maps to battle it out on, which is great for keeping the battle royale fresh and fun.

Now, with the brand new Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer, players have finally been given an in-game look at what Storm Point has to offer, as well as the new Legend Ash and the C.A.R SMG.

Here are all the details you need to know about the Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay reveal.

New map: Storm Point

“It may look like paradise, but danger lies within: wild prowlers and venomous spiders roam, and storms gather overhead. Now the Legends are here to make this place their own.”

Located on the planet Gaea, Storm Point is a long-forgotten IMC research base and is now home to the Apex Games. It’s our largest map to date, about 15% bigger than World’s Edge, our previous map-size record holder.

It features a wide variety of diverse locations, from tropical island hopping to giant mountain slides that allow you to play higher than previous maps. There is a lot to see and a lot to talk about, so let’s dive in. 

Gravity Cannons

Nearly all the redeploy balloons are gone. In their place are the Gravity Cannons and they’re an excellent method to outrun the ring. Step inside of one and it will launch you in a pre-determined direction.

While traveling through the air, you have pitch control and can land to the sides of the receiving points of the Gravity Cannon to avoid traps and other dangers. You also have complete control of your weapons, grenades, tactical abilities, and ultimates when traveling through the air.

Into the Wilds

On Storm Point, players will be dropping into a world that is teeming with dangerous wildlife. Wildlife Nests are exciting new combat encounters that offer strategic looting options for squads as they plan their paths through to the mid-stages of a match!

Let’s meet the wildlife that calls Storm Point home. Each type of wildlife offers different combat challenges and methods of engagement.

Prowlers

Prowlers are aggressive creatures that hunt in packs and can be found patrolling their Prowler Dens across Storm Point. If they spot you, they’ll be sure to warn you that you’re getting too close and aren’t too friendly to uninvited guests. Keeping your distance leaves the option to engage in your hands. Watch out though, if you choose to engage, more will emerge from the Prowler Dens to defend their territory.

Spiders

Prowlers aren’t the only things living on Storm Point. Spider eggs are scattered across the map. Causing damage to these eggs will disturb the spiders inside, hatching a swarm of critters that will happily have you for lunch.

These large arachnids are ranged, web-spitting enemies that choose to engage with their potential meals from afar before sinking their teeth into them. While squishier than prowlers, these enemies are quick and scurry around to reposition themselves frequently.

Flyers

Look to the sky to reap the rewards carried by Flyers found soaring or preached high above. Flyers are spawned individually across the map and their positions are randomly selected from a predetermined list of possible spawn locations each match.

Rules and trophies of the hunt

Wildlife Nests are denoted by the red markers on your minimap. All nests are static and finite, meaning every match they are always in the same place, with the same type of wildlife and only small variations in their numbers. Wildlife respects their Nests’ boundaries and are aggressive only to trespassers that enter into their domain. Once a Wildlife Nest is cleared, it is removed from the map and your squad can reap the rewards.

Now a bit more on the types of rewards you’ll gain from battling the fauna of Storm Point:

  • Smart Loot Drops: On death, Prowlers and Spiders have a chance to drop attachments and ammo for your squad based on your weapon loadouts, in addition to a few consumables and other goodies.
  • EVO Points: A small percentage of all damage dealt to wildlife is rewarded towards your EVO Armor. This includes Flyers
  • Crafting Materials: Clearing a Nest rewards a lump of crafting materials which are divided evenly among each squad member in the nest at time of completion.

Points of interest

Barometer

Let’s look at some of the larger drop locations: the Barometer, the heart of Storm Point. A spinning platform with a honeypot of loot is overlooked by a research tower that gives a height advantage but is challenging to defend against attackers.

Command Center

Built inside of the mountain, the Command Center is a massive complex that’s rich in loot and which allows players to dive into its heart from the dropship. It is also an excellent method for getting to the top of the mountain while protected by using a network of the longest ziplines in the Apex Games to date. 

The Antenna

The Antenna is a drop location divided by a network of catwalks positioned above a massive communications dish. Make your way across these catwalks or slide to the bottom of the Antenna to zipline your way up to the center.

Checkpoint

Suspended over a dense forest, Checkpoint allows you to disengage from an intense fight in new ways. If you are overwhelmed, jump off the platform in the forest below to change the engagement.

Lightning Rod

Lightning Rod is a landing position located at the pinnacle of the mountain and is divided into two halves by a focused and intense bridge. The station’s top is the highest position on the map and is a crucial stronghold if the ring ends there.

Storm Catcher

Suspended over a large area, Storm Catcher is an interior location with a focus on close-quarter combat. Position yourself on its exterior balconies to open up long-range combat against strong, defendable bases on either of its sides.

North Pad

The North Pad is a launch site that contains a network of protected trenches that allow safe passage over a wide range of rolling hills. Separating these trenches are underground bunkers and small watchpoints with loot.

The Mill

Located at the farthest western position, the Mill’s circular interior space contains high-value loot and the entryway towards the center river.

Shipfall

The remnants of the original survivors of Storm Point, Shipfall, is all that remains of the doomed vessel. Eroded over decades, the engine section is still intact and is a stronghold if you can fight your way through it.

Cenote Cave

A secure network of coral reef caves, the Cenote is the most isolated section of the map and is filled with valuable loot and power positions. Located at the southernmost western corner, it is also a critical path between the Barometer and the entire western half of the island.

The Wall

The great divider between the northern beach and the mountain, the Wall is a critical landing spot for those who seek combat—it acts as the chokepoint between two significant sections of the map.

Highpoint

Highpoint is the home to the only redeploy balloon on the map, sits at the top of the longest hill, and is a vital chokepoint to the top of the mountain. In a standoff look around, you may discover hidden tunnels that allow you to flake around it. 

Thunder Watch

A gateway to the top of the mountain, its interior is a tightly focused close-quarter combat area with a Gravity Cannon that allows for quick access from the bottom of the mountain and a quick escape, if needed.

Cascade Falls

A dense cluster of buildings placed near the waterfall, Cascade Falls acts as a focal point of the map due to its proximity to the map’s center, making it the most traveled point of interest. Take that into account before deciding the land there on the initial drop.

Launch Site

The Launch Site sits in an alcove at the river’s end and is a large area identified by two distinct landing zones: the outstretched landing pad and the control building. Try landing on one of its three distinctive outstretched pads and loot your way towards the control building.

Fish Farms

A chain of islands separated by open water, the Fish Farms is a large area with a clean separation between the lootable buildings. Cross the open water cautiously, or use the Trident to hover along the waterways.

Gale Stations

A sibling landing location to the Fish Farms, Gale Station acts as a divider between the island’s center and the southern section. What it lacks in loot quantity makes up for loot quality and its power position over the Fish Farms.

Spill-off Camps: Design talk

There are 17 named locations total on the map, but if you pay close attention, you will notice near these drop locations, there are smaller camps. When you’re dropping at the start of a match and see a drop location overwhelmed with other players, look around. You may notice a smaller camp nearby with great loot.

There are many more locations to discover, all with unique and diverse gameplay styles designed for the competitive and casual player. Storm Point is the sum of two years of design work and a close study of how Apex Legends plays in public. There are hundreds of micro-decisions built into the map to address bad third-party encounters, optimal loot flow, and combat engagement for a better gameplay experience. 

New Season 11 Legend: Ash

The gameplay trailer gave players a great look at what to expect from Ash, including a look at how her abilities will work in-game.

Ash seems like she fits the aggressive playstyle of a hunter, tracking down one enemy, then finding others through scanning their death box. Further, she can move fast and traverse areas with her Ultimate ability, which allows her to teleport to the desired location.

This means Ash will be great at hunting enemies down and moving fast and effectively, as well as being able to slow enemies with her Arc Snare Tactical Ability.

  • Tactical Ability: Arc Snare
  • Passive Ability: Marked For Death
  • Ultimate Ability: Phase Breach

For more details on her abilities, check out our post on Ash’s Legend Kit.

apex legends ash abilities

Along with a new gameplay trailer showing off the new Legend Ash’s abilities, we also got a biography for the Legend in a brand new blog that details some lore and background information.

Just like every Legend, Ash also has her very own title: “Incisive Instigator.”

“See your imperfections in your enemies — then crush them.”

  • Real Name: Dr. Ashleigh Reid
  • Age: 121
  • Home World: Unknown

C.A.R SMG

The C.A.R SMG was also revealed, and it seems like the weapon will be able to take both Heavy and Light ammo. The exact differences between the two have not been confirmed, but by the trailer, it seems pretty minimal.

The weapon looks like it is going to be fairly easy to control as well, especially from hip-fire, as it is shown to be very accurate mid-air during the trailer.

There you have it, from beachy coves to muddy mountains full of foliage, Storm Point is set to give players a brand new map experience unlike any of the settings we’ve previously seen in Apex Legends.

If you’re excited for Season 11 and want more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL as we’ll be covering it all.

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