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Apex Legends Season 8 Chaos Theory event: Release date, Heirloom, more

Respawn Entertainment will bring brand new content to Apex Legends Season 8 in the upcoming Chaos Theory event.

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The Chaos Theory event will bring a plethora of exciting new content to Apex Legends Season 8, including a new Heirloom and Town Takeover. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

The Apex Legends Anniversary Collection Event allowed fans to celebrate the game’s two-year anniversary while bringing cool new content to the battle royale in Season 8. Now, it appears Respawn Entertainment have another event planned known as Chaos Theory.

There are plenty of leaks and rumors about what kind of content we can expect from this Season 8 event, including a brand new Heirloom. Here’s an overview of everything that has been revealed about it so far.

When is the Chaos Theory event?

The event will begin on March 9, the day Apex Legends releases on the Nintendo Switch. The name “Chaos Theory” was revealed by Target on their Nintendo Switch Champion Edition listing, and now has been confirmed via an official announcement.

Caustic Town Takeover

A few leaks emerged recently which suggested that Caustic would be the next Legend to get his own Town Takeover and that we should expect to see some clues in the game soon. It appears that these rumors are correct, and now it has been confirmed Caustic will be taking over Water Treatment on Kings Canyon.

In this revamped area, Caustic has started an experiment that requires test subjects to drain the toxic liquid in the facility. Doing so gives players access to four gold loot items locked in cages. Be quick though, as these cages are only open and safe for a limited time.

New Ring Fury Escalation Takeover, Heat Shields, and Survival Slot

Ring Fury is a new Apex playlist takeover that follows regular BR rules, but each round, one or more Ring Flares will appear on the map within the current ring. Ring Flares are slowly expanding pockets of the Ring within the Arena.

Those who get caught in a Ring Flare will take damage equal to the damage dealt by the current round’s Ring. You’ll be given a short warning on the map and minimap before the Ring Flare appears. Legends will call out if they are in direct danger or if there’s one opening up nearby.

To deal with ring flaires, you can now drop Heat Shields to assist you from taking damage.

HEAT SHIELDS

During the Ring Fury Escalation Takeover, all players will start with a Heat Shield in their inventory on the drop. Throwdown your Heat Shield to avoid damage from Ring Flares or the ring itself. You can also find more Heat Shields throughout the map, as it has been added to the loot pool.

Heat Shields cast a protective dome, enabling players to loot, revive, and generally make some amazing plays outside of the Ring. Plus, when you’re inside the dome, the use of healing items is sped up by 50%, and the speed of Revives is increased by 25%. This bonus is only given by Heat Shields that have been activated by the ring. Heat Shields on standby in the safe zone are conserving energy, and don’t grant this bonus.

After the Ring Fury Escalation Takeover concludes, the Heat Shield will remain in the game as general ground loot.

SURVIVAL SLOT

You’ll notice that the Heat Shield doesn’t take up any of your normal inventory slots—instead, it resides in the brand new “Survival Slot”. 

The Survival Slot aims to eliminate the choice between normal loot and situational utilities like a Mobile Respawn Beacon or a Heat Shield. Now players have no reason to not carry one of these utilities around.

Like the heat shield, the Survival Slot itself will continue to be available in the game even after the Ring Fury Escalation Takeover ends. 

INTRODUCING ESCALATION TAKEOVERS

Similar to previous playlist takeovers, Ring Fury will replace regular Duos and Trios playlists for the two-week duration of the Collection Event. Ranked will not be affected.

However, unlike previous takeovers, Ring Fury is an “Escalation Takeover,” which means that every few days during the event, we’re going to turn some knobs to crank up the prevalence, timing, and size of Ring Flares. By the end of the event, you can expect five different stages of escalation.

No-Fill Matchmaking Added

No-fill matchmaking is now here for players to use in public playlists. This is not available in ranked. Drop solo into duos or trios modes to complete challenges, or practice hot drops alone. There may only be 6 solo players at any time in a single game, so you won’t run into many other solo players on your journey.

Chaos Theory Collection Event

New free loot has been added as part of the Chaos Theory Rewards Track, where players can receive up to 1,000 rewards points per day for rewards.

Challenges refresh daily and stack with the battle pass, so players can complete multiple challenges at once.

With these new free cosmetics, also comes 24 limited edition cosmetics specifically themed for the event. You can purchase all the cosmetics with Apex coins or crafting materials, and all players who get all 24 cosmetics will get Bangalores new Heirloom set, pictured below.

When the event concludes on March 23, 2021, players will be able to obtain this Heirloom through the crafting system.

In addition to all the new features, Respawn has also dropped the full patch notes for the new event. You can read about all the Weapon, Legend and Quality of life changes here.

That’s all we have for now. Stay tuned for more information as we receive it.

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Best FOV Setting for Apex Legends

Apex Legends has a variety of settings which can enhance experience, FOV is one of these options but what’s the best number to have it at?

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Apex Legends has a variety of settings for players to customize the experience to their liking completely. This is great, especially when it comes to FOV, as even console players can change this setting to give them the best advantage possible.

Apex Legends developers, Respawn Entertainment, are known for their great communication with the players, implementing requested changes, and even settings.

Unlike many other games, most Apex Legends settings that we see on PC are also on consoles, allowing controller players a wide variety of options to compete with those on more powerful hardware systems. For those unaware, this also goes for FOV, which could be a game-changer for your experience in Apex Legends if you haven’t customized it yet.

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What is FOV?

FOV stands for field of view, which is essentially the size of the viewing angle on the screen. If this setting is higher, it will allow for a bigger viewing angle, letting players see more around them. If this setting is lower, it will decrease the viewing angle.

The default FOV on Apex Legends is set to 70, which to most experienced players is extremely low. The setting goes all the way up to 110.

What Apex Legends FOV setting is best?

Depending on your setup, the sweet spot or best FOV seems to be between 96 and 104. If you play on a bigger TV, you’re going to want to have your FOV on the higher end of the scale, as the bigger screen will allow you to still see up to longer ranges even with a higher FOV.

Of course, like all settings, it’s completely up to preference and your set up. However, one obvious thing is anything under 70 FOV is a huge disadvantage, as it will completely limit your ability to read what’s going on around you.

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A high FOV on a smaller screen or monitor may distort your viewing and prevent you from seeing things at longer ranges, so in this case, you may want to keep your FOV in the 90s.

Ultimately, having your FOV between 90-104 will put you at an advantage over those with the default or lower, as you will be able to see more on the screen and react much quicker to situations. Lower FOV’s can feel too zoomed in and restricted, but FOV’s that are too high can feel too distant, so find what works best for you.

After setting a new, higher FOV, you may also want to play around with your sensitivity and increase that, too, as these settings scale, and a higher FOV might make your original sensitivity feel too slow.

For more on Apex Legends, check out our guide on 3 ways Respawn Entertainment can improve the game and stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

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Apex Legends Legacy reveal trailer: The Arena, Valkyrie, and more

Respawn Entertainment finally release the launch trailer for Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, which shows off Valkyrie and the new Arena mode.

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Respawn Entertainment officially releases the Legacy, Season 9 launch trailer showing off the upcoming Arena mode and new Legend Valkyrie for Apex Legends.

The latest video from Apex Legends developers is full of upcoming content in Season 9: Legacy. Although this launch trailer does not feature gameplay, the animated three-minute video does show some off some content we will see in Legacy.

Since the trailer’s release, those among the community have been breaking it down and identifying the Arena mode maps, Ash, and new Legend Valkyrie.

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Legacy Trailer The Arena

During the past month, Apex Legends have been teasing the upcoming 3v3 Arena mode in various ways, one of which took place in the Firing Range. Finally, players have been given a glimpse into the maps we will see in this mode and a more detailed look at possible future Legend, Ash.

At the very start of the trailer, the Arena logo is shown, with Ash saying it’s “time for a new game.” Developer Ryan Rigney provided some insight into this new mode just days before this new trailer, basically hinting that the new mode will be much more than an LTM, “supporting it as a full game,” and could even have its own ranked playlist.

After the trailer was released, the community analyzed parts and found out even more information on the Arena mode.

Twitter user @Spearheadpr_ pointed out an interesting frame from the trailer, which shows Ash selecting maps by Seasons. This could mean we will potentially be seeing some previous Season POI’s that have been out of the game or changed turned into Arena maps.

Further, @Shrugtal also weighed in on the trailer, presenting one of the maps shown in the trailer that could be an Arena-specific location potentially called “Exoplanet.”

The image shows a small map with similar terrain to that of World’s Edge, and perhaps this is the map teased in Apex Legends glitchy Instagram video with the Phase Runner.

This wasn’t the only Arena map teased, as the trailer also showed off the map seen in the 100 million players video, which many believed to be a map change for Olympus. It seems the location shown in the video was, in fact, a smaller Arena mode map with Mirage Voyage in the center.

This trailer pretty much confirmed that the Arena mode would feature exclusive, smaller maps, some of which we are familiar, and some of which are completely new. It also confirmed that the Arena would be 3v3, as Ash is shown looking at a screen with two squads of three.

In more detail throughout the trailer, Ash was also shown, but most specifically at the end, where she pulled back her hood.

This is also the first time we have seen so much of Ash, allowing players to see how different she looks from the Titanfall version, generating excitement for her potential future as a Legend in the Apex Games.

Apex Legends Legacy Trailer Valkyrie

The trailer also teased some aspects of Valkyrie’s abilities, skins, and maybe even a finisher of hers, much like the one teased in the Instagram camera videos.

Firstly, Valkyrie is first shown flying through the air in her supposed launch bundle skin, which features her father’s helmet.

Apex Legends launch trailer Valkyrie

Valkyrie is then shown finishing off Gibraltar, kicking him in the face and then flying off, leaving Gibraltar in the VTOL Jet smoke, which is again similar to one of the Videos posted on the Apex Legends Instagram page that @Biast12 believes is one of her finishers called “the Afterburner.”

Valkyrie is also shown shooting missiles, which could be her ultimate or tactical ability, previously leaked as “Cluster Missiles.” At the very end, Valkyrie is then shown shooting at Fuse with the new weapon for Legacy, the Bocek Bow.

The gameplay reveal for the Arena is set for April 26th. For more on Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, check out our article on Valkyrie’s leaked abilities and stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

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Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9

Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.

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L-Star will be changed in Apex Legends Season 9

In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.

The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.

While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.

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Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.

While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.

“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.

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Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”

While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.

The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.

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