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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.

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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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Apex Legends dev responds to Season 9 triggering ‘the fear of glitter’

An Apex Legends player with ‘sparkalaphobia’ and epilepsy can’t play Season 9, and devs said they’re taking the issue seriously.

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After an Apex Legends player with ‘sparkalaphobia’ – the fear of glitter – and epilepsy explained how the new Bocek Bow prevents them from playing Season 9, a dev said they’re taking the issue seriously.

An Apex Legends player has long been suffering from ‘sparkalaphobia,’ the fear of glitter, but it’s come to a head after the Bocek Bow has triggered epileptic seizures. In a Reddit post on May 6, the player explained to Respawn Entertainment that Season 9 is the first season they “can’t truly play,” as the Bocek Bow’s arrows shimmer in a way that triggers their epilepsy.

Sparkalaphobia is defined as the fear of glitter, but for Reddit user sky-m1n, it’s their epilepsy that gives them the fear. “It’s not the glitter I’m afraid of,” described sky-m1n. “But the overexposure of light that’s the issue.”

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In a Reddit post explaining the problem to Apex’s devs, they said, “I can stare at a static image no problem, give me a white noise channel and I’m fine, Christmas ornament sure too, but once you flicker a halogen while it rotates, the reflections start to hurt.”

sky-m1n then described how when a seizure is triggered, you get a “sudden tense sensation rushing behind your skull,” a burning image in your eyes, and a “snapping of your neck from the jerk.”

“Then it hits you, brain.exe gets deleted and you stare into the abyss as if blindness took over,” they continued. “The worst is that with brain.exe dead, your body can forget to breathe and you drown in lifelessness until it all comes back. That’s what scares me.”

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How this relates to Apex Legends Season 9 is the Bocek Bow’s arrows shimmer with a pulsing yellow light when they’re on the ground or embedded in a surface. “I feel uneasy, the pulse gets under my skin and the more arrows there are, the more uncomfortable it becomes,” sky-m1n described.

It sometimes gets to the point that sky-m1n has to force close the game and cradle themself as they “can feel like an epileptic seizure coming.”

The post received a ton of attention on Reddit, and Respawn Entertainment’s director of comms, Ryan K. Rigney, responded to the thread. He said “never even heard of this before, but I think we ought to take it seriously. Letting the team know.”

Hopefully the devs are quick to address this issue so that sky-m1n and other players with epilepsy can continue to enjoy Apex Legends in Season 9.

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Unreleased Apex Legends Legacy Valkyrie skins revealed by dataminers

Apex Legends Season 9: legacy saw the introduction of new Legend, Valkyrie and dataminers have already found some new recolors for her skins.

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Apex Legends’ newest addition hasn’t been out for long, as the Legacy update was released on May 4th. However, dataminers have still managed to find further upcoming content for the new character, including some interesting recolors of some Apex Legends Valkyrie skins.

Since the release of Season 9: Legacy, players have been enjoying the new content for Apex Legends, like the new Arenas mode, Infested Olympus, and the Bocek Bow.

Apart from the server issues on release day, the latest Legend, Valkyrie, has been available for fans to experience, bringing a new dimension to the game’s roster. Dataminers have been quick to explore the new code, revealing some of the new Legends’ upcoming skin recolors.

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The new update has allowed dataminers to provide fans with some interesting insights into upcoming Apex Legends content. They have revealed two future events, Origins and Arenas Flash, and presented 3 new recolors for Valkyrie’s base skins.

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Dataminer @Shrugtal is the one responsible for these new leaks, as well as the Revenant heirloom that was also revealed recently.

The skin recolors revealed are for these base Legendary skins:

  • Military Grade
  • Assure Blessing
  • Titan Tested

When will the recolors come out?

It’s unsure when players will be able to purchase these recolors, especially as these are just leaks and anything datamined is subject to change, as it has not yet been announced or revealed by Respawn Entertainment in an official capacity.

However, we know that skin recolors are usually available to purchase in the exclusive store with Legend Tokens if you have the correct base skin.

For more information on Valkyries Legendary and Epic skins, check out our article detailing them and all of the exciting looks that they will be bringing to the battle royale game for the latest character to join its roster.

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Apex Legends devs address Season 9 loot issues

Various Apex Legends players have noticed some issues with the loot following the Season 9 update, and Respawn have responded to this.

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While Apex Legends Season 9 brought a ton of new content to the battle royale, it also faced major server outages and various problems with in-game loot that Respawn Entertainment is investigating.

The Apex Legends Legacy update added a huge amount of new content being to the game. The update brought a brand-new battle pass, a new Legend named Valkyrie3v3 mode Arena, and a host of patch notes.

However, it also brought a host of server issues that kept players from logging into the battle royale. Now, there are other problems with the in-game loot, and Respawn Entertainment is looking into it.

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Popular streamer Daltoosh discussed the Legacy update on Twitter and pointed out a notable decrease in the number of in-game backpacks and rare armors. Many of the commenters claimed to have noticed the same thing.

This led to a response from Apex Legends’ Producer, Josh Medina, who reassured fans that he’d have “folks check out the loot.” Respawn made very various changes to the loot pool due to the new starter kits.

The new kits will spawn you in with a level 1 shield, knockdown shield, and helmet, along with two syringes and two shield cells. The level 1 armor has been made much rarer, while level 1 helmets and knockdown shields have been removed.

It’s possible that this may have caused some unintentional changes to the in-game backpacks and the frequency of higher shield levels as well.

Unfortunately, players of the battle royale will have to put up with this problem in Apex Legends Season 9 until a fix is found. That said, it’s at least encouraging to hear that the developers are aware of it and are working on a solution.

For more on Apex Legends, stay updated on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on all the weapon buffs and nerfs for the Legacy update or how dataminers have uncovered an upcoming Flash Event for the new Arenas game mode.

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