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Apex Legends dev teases major surprises in Season 9

An Apex Legends developer has teased some exciting new content and made it clear that Season 9 will be something special.

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With Apex Legends Season 7 underway, Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier talked about some of their plans for Season 8 and hinted at some major surprises for Season 9.

Apex Legends Season 7 has brought a ton of new content since it went live on November 4. This includes the extravagant map of Olympus, which has won over fans. However, there have also been problems such as game-breaking bugs that have plagued the community.

In spite of this, we’ve been hoping to find out what Respawn devs have planned, as they’re working on multiple seasons in advance. This means in addition to news about the upcoming Season 8, we’ll also hear updates about what they’re doing for other future updates.

Game Director Chad Grenier spoke with IGN about their progress on the upcoming season. During this interview, he made it clear that they also have something special planned for Season 9, and we should be excited.

“Amazing” Apex Legends Season 8

Grenier discussed the progress made on Season 8, and he was proud of the work that Respawn has put into it. Working from home hasn’t lessened the team’s resolve, as they strive to make the coming season into something amazing.

“I would love to just talk about all of it, because I’m so excited. Season 8 is shaping up to be amazing, it’s just great, and almost entirely done working from home.”

Major surprises in Apex Legends Season 9

The developer also talked about Season 9. He sounded particularly excited when discussing it, and teased some big surprises in the future.

“Season 9 is also going to be great, really looking forward to it. In Season 9, you’re going to see some major things that you did not expect. So it’s just a really exciting time right now.”

You can hear this from the man himself in the interview below.

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The surprises he hinted at could be many things. We might get more non-BR modes similar to the Winter Express LTM, as they’ve expressed interest in doing this before. There could also be other potential additions such as new PvE modes, Legends and abilities.

Another possibility is an expansion to Olympus or a brand new map altogether. The latter is far less probable since we only recently got this new map. Changing to a new area this quickly would not sit well with fans.

We will most likely see brand new vehicles, cosmetics, and structures as part of the update. However, When it comes to hearing about any new game modes, we’ll have to wait a while before that happens. The team is also working on Seasons 10 and 11 at the moment, so they have their work cut out for them.

Gameplay of Apex Legends Season 7

Difficulties for Respawn Entertainment

Grenier also touched upon the difficulties faced by Respawn during this challenging year. They have managed to work on the game in spite of these obstacles and hinted at many great ideas that they plan to add.

“Despite all the working from home challenges, we’ve hit a stride, and we’ve figured a lot of the things out about how to work together and how to build great content. And there’s no shortage of great ideas in our studio.”

It seems the developers have a lot of exciting surprises planned for Apex Legends fans in the future. Hopefully, we’ll hear more details soon, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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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.

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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.

Apex Legends Season 9 Crypto rework

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.

If you enjoyed this and want more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie Intel and check out our latest article on the Valk teaser.

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Death Note and My Hero Academia hints found in new Apex Legends teaser

Respawn Entertainment included references to anime titles like Death Note and My Hero Academia in a new Apex Legends teaser image.

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Apex Legends fans noticed some neat anime references within the new teaser dropped by Respawn, with images for My Hero Academia and Death Note, along with a few others.

Respawn Entertainment like to create hype among the Apex Legends community by sporadically releasing teasers that show off upcoming content. Now, a new one has caught the attention of fans because of its various easter eggs.

While Apex fans were initially just focusing on was the statue of a Valkyrie that has been connected to the upcoming Legend named Valk, a few eagle-eyed viewers were able to notice some hidden anime references as well.

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The new Apex Legends teaser image showcased a room on a spaceship which bares close resemblance to Wattson’s room, as revealed in a previous teaser. Looking closer at the stacked shelves on the right reveals various hints.

The shelf has Portion a Nessie toy, along with the Land of the Lustrous and My Hero Academia manga. If you look at the bottom of the shelf, you can also spot a stack of Death Note chapters next to the Valkyrie statue.

These are surprising additions that the developers deliberately left in the image, and now Apex fans are speculating how this will affect the future of the battle royale.

When Apex Legends released on the Nintendo Switch, Respawn Game Director, Chad Grenier stated the Season 9 character would appeal to Japanese players. These references could be a clue about the Legend’s interest in manga.

Respawn also released weapon charms and a limited-edition Pathfinder skin for Nintendo players, which lines up with Grenier’s promise to “deliver unique content to Japan” in Apex Legends. We might see more anime-themed content added later.

The image also contains a reference to thea Apex Predators from Titanfall on a piece of paper lying on the desk. With Season 9 on the horizon, we expect plenty more surprises to come in the next few months.

Image credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends War Games: Everything there is to know about Ultra Zones

Apex Legends War Games event is well underway with the latest mode, Ultra Zones, taking inspiration from Season 6’s Flash Point LTM.

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Mad Maggie’s Apex Legends takeover continues with War Games Ultra Zones mode, a renewed version of the Season 6 LTM.

Ultra Zones is the newest mode in Apex Legends War Games mini-event and may be familiar to some players.

Since replacing Second Chance, Armour Regen saw a short-lived lifespan being replaced by Ultra Zones at 10am PST, April 14th. The new mode is a rework of the Season 6 LTM, Flashpoint, which received backlash after it came with a host of bugs and performance issues.

Apex Legends Ultrazones

How does Ultra Zones work?

The Ultra Zones War Games mode sees multiple hot zones over the map covered in a glowing blue dome. This means not only more gold and higher tier loot, but also the glowing Flash Points which replenish health and shields.

Instead of the hot zones only featuring one gold item, Maggie has decided to put one gold gun and one gold item in each Ultra Zone, meaning even more gold loot!

After a short period of time in an Ultra Zone, players will passively heal shield and health, making for a fun combat zone where players can sustain fights. Unlike the Season 6 LTM, Flashpoint, all healable items are available during this mode.

Similar to the Armor Regen mode, characters with lots of mobility like Octane and Horizon will make be great at dipping in and out of fights to let your health and shield regenerate.

This mode will be the longest-lasting out of all the modes included in the War Games mini-event, staying until 10 am PST on April 19th.

For more on the Apex Legends War Games event stay tuned on Charlie Intel and check out our article on three quality-of-life changes that can improve Apex on the console.

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