After Apex Legends players were unhappy with the upcoming War Games event, Respawn Entertainment’s Design Director addressed their concerns.
The next Apex Legends event, War Games, is set to release on April 13. Rather than releasing a separate limited-time mode (LTM), this event will take over the entirety of the game. Over the course of War Games, five modes will take over the normal ‘Play Apex’ playlists and introduce a variety of new mechanics.
However, LTMs aren’t for everyone, so fans are worried about how this event will affect the game. In a detailed Twitter thread, Respawn Entertainment’s Design Director, Jason McCord, addressed players’ concerns about the new event.
“Let’s chat quickly about the War Games event that’s coming next week, and ‘Takeover’ modes,” he began.
He said that for the most part, these Takeover modes keep their matchmaking healthy. “More people jump in to try the modes, earn the cosmetics, etc. – and they all play in the same queues,” McCord explained. “This means you get faster matches at better quality for more hours of the day.”
“Having more players playing in the same queues does amazing stuff to the game ‘feeling’ better,” he continued. “Separate LTMs just split people off. Those queues are smaller, which makes them take longer to start and the matchmaker can’t do its job as well.”
What we learned: Takeovers are best when they change the game in positive ways for the player. This seems obvious, but designers like to make new challenges for you to overcome. Like big ring flares! Ring Fury would have made a better LTM than a Takeover, I think.
We looked over the schedule of the War Games event after we heard feedback on Ring Fury. Here’s what we did:
- Remove Flare Up from the event. It was another variant of Ring Fury.
- Removed another mode from the event that wasn’t fulfilling the goals.
We discussed removing Killing Time, because the reduced round timer can be surprising, but we think this mode is important to test. It aims to solve oddly paced games, and it’s something I’ve wanted to try since we launched.
McCord encouraged players to try out each of the new modes and let the devs know what they think. He also reminded players that if they don’t enjoy the new modes in the War Games event, “Ranked is still classic Apex.”
If you’re keen to grind Ranked while the War Games event takes place, you can check out our guide for the best weapons to use in Ranked Apex.
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Best legends in Apex Legends Season 11: Every character ranked
Like any update for Apex Legends, Season 11 brought changes to the meta. Here are the best Legends to use in the current season.
Although there weren’t many Legend changes in Apex Legends Season 11, the best Legends to use have shifted slightly, especially with the introduction of Ash.
With Apex Legends Season 12 launching soon, players may be wondering what the current Legend meta looks like in Season 11. The new update is bound to bring some buffs and nerfs to the game, as well as new Legend Mad Maggie.
We’ve ranked all the Legends in the current Apex update, giving you a great idea of who to play in the new season if you can’t afford the new Legend.
Best Legends in Apex Legends: Season 11 ranked list
Remember, the ranking is based on a Legend’s performance in the Battle Royale mode, not Ranked Leagues or the Arenas mode. If you’re interested in Arenas, check out our article for the best Legends to use in the 3v3 mode.
Here’s our list for every Legend in Season 11 ranked:
To sum up the ranking, Season 11 Legend Ash comes in very strong, but not overpowered. Her abilities are difficult to master, but if you are a coordinated team, her kit can be deadly.
Since the nerfs, Seer has dropped in Season 11, and Bloodhound continues his dominance in the Recon class for Legends. As both maps in the rotation this season are Apex Legends’ biggest, Valkyrie takes the top spot due to her great mobility.
Unfortunately, despite the buffs for Rampart last season, her kit remains pretty underwhelming and easily countered by throwables, as well as certain Legend’s Ultimate abilities.
Top 3 Legends in Season 11
Valkyrie has excellent offensive capabilities with her tactical and passive abilities, flying around and stunning people while they are either trying to run away or hide.
These abilities are also great for when you’re on the defensive, as well as being able to quickly duck out of an unwanted fight with the VTOL Jets and prevent people pushing you with the Missile Swarm.
Furthermore, her ultimate Skyward Dive is arguably the best rotation tool in the game now, taking over Octane’s Launch Pad. This ultimate is excellent for finding out where enemy teams are, as Valkyrie’s passive includes the ability to scan and highlight enemies in her FOV while skydiving.
Bloodhound is the best Recon Legend in the game, which is a class every team will want at least one of their Legends to be in due to the capability to scan beacons and see where the next circle will land.
The Recon Legend’s Tactical, Eye of the Allfather, allows him to scan enemies in a radius of up to 200 meters, which is great for getting intel on enemy positions. His Tactical is even better when it is used mid-fight, as it allows you to anticipate opponents coming out of cover so that you and your team can get the first shot off.
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Bloodhound’s Passive allows him to track enemy footsteps and actions, as well as the number of seconds it has been since the action. This, coupled with his Ultimate, Beast of the Hunt, makes him the perfect hunter for an aggressive team.
Since the game was released, Gibraltar has been a Legend who has remained at the top of every Apex legends tier list, being the staple of almost every team in the ALGS tournament. Gibraltar is the strongest defensive character in the game, with all of his abilities defensively aiding the team and being used offensively.
His Dome of Protection is probably his most important piece of kit, allowing the team to push up or protect themselves from a push with the protection it provides. Further, what makes it even more helpful is the faster revive Gibraltar can perform to teammates while inside the dome.
Gibraltar’s Ultimate, Defensive Bombardment, is also great for stopping an enemy’s push and being aggressive, dealing huge damage to those caught within it. His passive is also great for taking on enemies, especially in 1v1 situations, as his Gun Shield gives him extra health.
That’s all for the best Legends to use in Apex Legends Season 11. For more, check out the most popular Legends in Season 11.
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Apex Legends ad teases Season 12 Olympus map update & care package changes
Apex Legends Season 12 will bring a fresh update to the Olympus battle royale map, which players have been given a sneak peak to in a new ad.
Fans have discovered a new ad for Apex Legends which teases changes to the Olympus map and care package updates coming in Season 12.
The new season promises brand new content and changes, including a map update to the Olympus map. The recent Season 12 reveal blog didn’t give too much away about the Olympus map update, but a new Instagram ad has given players a sneak peek.
After not being able to play on the map for the duration of Season 11, the return of Olympus is pretty exciting for players. On top of this, it’s even more exciting to hear that the map will be getting an update.
It’s time for Olympus to get a make over, and despite not giving much away in the Season 12 reveal blog, a new Instagram ad has given players a sneak peek.
The Instagram ad is a sponsored story by Respawn, promoting the third anniversary of Apex Legends. If you’re interested in the rewards for Apex’s anniversary, definitely check out our piece on the event.
In the ad, gameplay shots are taken on the Season 12 version of Olympus, and in certain parts of the video, you can actually make out some of the new changes.
As Alpha Intel pointed out, the ad gives players a look at the new skybox and surroundings on Olympus, as you can see flying cars and the city that Olympus floats above.
In some other portions of the video, you can also make out a new structure that isn’t familiar. GarretLeaks pointed out this new structure in a recent video and even suggested that it may be placed “outside Bonsai Plaza.”
Further, towards the end of the ad, Wattson can be seen firing an Alternator that doesn’t have a barrel on it. Players believe this is a hint towards it coming out of the care package, as the care package version has a barrel on it.
We’ll have to wait and see if the speculation is correct about Season 12. For now, check out the news about a brand new Star Wars FPS games by Respawn Entertainment.
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All Apex Legends voice actors in Season 12
Ever wondered who the voices behind the Legends are in Apex Legends Season 12? Let’s check out all of the Apex Legends voice actors.
Apex Legends has an abundant list of Legends in Season 12, but for those interested in finding out who the real voices are behind the characters, here is a list of all the voice actors in the game.
Apex Legends Season 11 is almost over, with Season 12 being announced on January 24. The upcoming season will be introducing a brand new Legend, Mad Maggie, which means a new voice actor has joined the crew.
Just like when any new Legend drops, the pick rates and popularity of all Legends shift, keeping players on their toes.
All the Legends are unique, both from a gameplay perspective and the personality side of things, so who are the voices that give the Legends life?
Apex Legends is now home to 20 individual characters, with Season 12 bringing Mad Maggie. Each of these characters is unique and somewhat reflects their voice actors, so let’s take a look at the faces behind the Legends.
Apex Legends voice actors
Announcer: Zehra Fazal
Although this character technically isn’t a Legend, Zehra Fazal voices the announcer in the Apex Games. So every time you hear “The Champion has been eliminated” or any announcement while in-game, apart from in Arenas, this is the voice actor you have been hearing.
Ash: Anna Campbell
Season 11’s addition to the Apex Legends roster was Ash, the Incisive Instigator. The simulacrum is voiced by Anna Campbell, who was also responsible for the character’s voice in the Titanfall franchise.
Like Ash, Anna has been a part of the Titanfall and Apex Legends franchise for a long time, being involved with Arenas way before the Legend was officially released in Season 11. The actor has also been involved in numerous films and TV shows such as NCIS.
Bangalore: Erica Luttrell
Erica Luttrell is the voice of Bangalore and an accomplished actor who has starred in HBO’s Westworld and CBS’s Salvation. She has also featured in various other games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and the Last of Us: Part II.
Bloodhound: Allegra Clark
The developers intended for Bloodhound’s voice to be gender-neutral and non-binary, a goal that is achieved through several effects that are applied to Allegra Clark’s recordings.
So, although the voice may be masked much like the character, Allegra Clark is the face behind the Legend.
Caustic: JB Blanc
JB Blanc is also an accomplished actor who has starred in popular TV shows such as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He is also Caustic in Apex Legends, an evil scientist whose character comes across greatly through the voice acting of JB Blanc.
Crypto: Johnny Young
One of the first Legends to be introduced in Apex Legends through Season 3, Johnny Young voices the mysterious hacker, Crypto. As well as being a voice of one of the Legends, Johnny Young is also a big fan of the game and can often be found streaming on Twitch or YouTube.
Fuse: Ben Prendergast
Fuse was introduced in Apex Legends Season 8 and is voiced by Aussie actor Ben Prendergast. Like Johnny Young, he is also a gamer and can be found on Twitch streaming Apex Legends and most likely playing as Fuse.
He has also worked on various other games such as Hades, Fallout, and Star Wars Resistance and starred on-screen and on-stage for shows like Preacher and Frontier.
Gibraltar: Branscombe Richmond
The defensive brute that is Gibraltar is voiced by Branscombe Richmond, who has a mixed heritage of English, Native American, Native Hawaiian, French, French Polynesian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Richmond’s acting career was prevalent in the mid-1970s, unlike the other voice actors starring in various movies and TV shows. He’s perhaps best known for being in The Scorpion King and featuring in shows like The A-Team and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Horizon: Elle Newlands
Horizon dropped in Season 7, taking the play base by storm because of the Legend’s great abilities and her great Scottish accent. Elle Newlands has also featured in other games like Doom Eternal, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Skyrim.
Fun fact: Elle is also great friends with Rampart and Lifeline’s voice actors in real life, often sharing their meet-ups on social media.
Lifeline: Mela Lee
Lifeline is one of the original characters from when Apex Legends was first released and is voiced by Mela Lee. Mela Lee is behind all the iconic lines from Lifeline’s character, such as “Mozambique here,” which she can often be found reciting on her Twitter page.
Mela Lee also voices Jade from Mortal Kombat 11, so fighting game fans may have heard her voice before.
Loba: Fryda Wolff
Fryda Wolff voices Loba in Apex Legends, the Translocating Thief. Fryda is perfect for Loba due to her Mexican roots and ability to speak fluent Mexican-Spanish, adding depth to the character. Fryda Wolff has also featured in Cyberpunk 2077, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Just Cause 4, and two Call of Duty games.
Fun fact: According to IMDB, Fryda is the second cousin of Mexican director Alejandro Andrade, also Loba’s surname.
Mad Maggie: Nicola Kawana
Mad Maggie has been involved in Apex Legends lore ever since Fuse was introduced in Season 8. After feeling betrayed by her old friend, Fuse, she has been wreaking havoc across the Outlands and disturbing the Syndicate.
Now, in order to pay for her crimes, she has joined the Apex Games in Season 12 and is voiced by Nicola Kawana, an actress from New Zealand of Māori descent who has been in the film and TV industry since 1998.
Mirage: Roger Craig Smith
Arguably the most accomplished gaming voice actor in Apex Legends, Roger Craig Smith voices Mirage, the Holographic Trickster. Roger’s voice really conveys Mirage’s mischief, fleshing out the character’s personality.
Roger’s most iconic voice acting in gaming includes Dying Light, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Octane: Nicolas Roye
Octane was the first Legend to be introduced after the game was released and is voiced by Jersey native Nicholas Roye, who has Spanish and Italian Heritage. His heritage works perfect for the speedy Spanish Octane, adding a dimension to Octane’s character.
Nicholas also did some voice acting for Cyberpunk 2077 and will also be heard in the upcoming Halo installment, Infinite.
Pathfinder: Chris Edgerly
Although his voice is edited to sound robotic, Chris Edgerly is the voice of Pathfinder, the friendly, boxing-loving robot.
Outside of Apex Legends, Chris is also known for voice acting on The Simpsons and in various games such as the Kingdom Hearts series and various voices in Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect.
Rampart: Anjali Bhimani
Season 6 Legend Rampart is voiced by Anjali Bhimani, an Indian-American who appeared as Symmetra in Overwatch. Anjali has also appeared on TV in Modern Family, The Sopranos, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Revenant: Darin De Paul
Darin De Paul is the voice of the evil Revenant, a heavily edited voice, but still great work on converting the dark side of Revenant’s character.
Once again, Overwatch players may also be familiar with this Apex Legends voice actor, as they voiced Reinhardt.
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Other roles in games include Destiny 2, Spider-Man, Avengers, and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fun fact: Darin De Paul also voiced Forge, the Legend killed by Revenant, who then took Forge’s place in the Apex Games.
Seer: Iké Amadi
Iké Amadi is the voice actor for the Season 10 Legend Seer, who oozes style and rhythm. Iké is a Nigerian voice actor pushing Seer’s African background through an authentic African accent.
Mortal Kombat 11 players may recognize his voice as he played Shao Kahn and Cyrax. For those on PlayStation, you may also recognize him from Knack, as he is the voice of Knack himself.
Wattson: Justine Huxley
Wattson was the second Legend to be introduced, arriving in Season 2. Wattson is voiced by Justine Huxley, who surprisingly isn’t French, but rather pulls off a great accent for the Legend.
Justine has also featured in Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA V (both times voicing pedestrian dialogue), Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Huxley also completed voice work in the anime series Sword Art Online in 2020.
Wraith: Shantel VanSanten
The Interdimensional skirmisher, Wraith, is voiced by American actor Shantel VanSanten. Shantel is known for her TV work, making Apex Legends her first work in the gaming industry.
You may recognize Shantel from various on-screen works such as One Tree Hill, Shooter, The Boys, The Flash, For All Mankind, and The Messengers. Shantel also played Lori in The Final Destination (2009).
Valkyrie: Erika Ishii
Season 9 Legend Valkyrie is voiced by Erika Ishii, an accomplished voice actor in the gaming industry who has worked on games like Cyberpunk, Destiny 2, Last of Us: Part II, and Fallout 76.
Erika Ishii was born in California but fleshed out Valkyrie’s Japanese heritage with her own, adding depth to the Winged Avenger.
That’s all for every voice actor in Apex Legends. For more, check out our article on when the next-gen version of Apex Legends will be out.
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