Respawn Entertainment has highlighted their planned changes to Ranked Play when Apex Legends Season 8 goes live, and these include increasing the Predator Rank to 750 players.
With Apex Legends Season 8 set to release on February 2, Respawn has shown off some of the new additions that will be coming to the battle royale – such as map changes and a new Legend. Now, the devs have also highlighted some other planned changes.
The game’s Ranked Play saw significant growth last year, with Season 7 having the highest player count yet, so Respawn has decided to introduce further improvements. Now, they’ve unveiled an all-new Ranked system for Apex Legends.
Apex Legends Season 8 Ranked Play changes
The developers stated that they hope to “create a healthier top end in Diamond+” when updating Season 8’s Ranked Play. Their second goal is to improve match quality, which includes filling your lobby mostly with players of the same rank.
- Read more: Everything in the Season 8 gameplay trailer
Respawn Entertainment highlighted the following changes to Ranked Play on the EA website:
- Earn placement RP earlier in a match
- RP rewards begin at placement 13 instead of 10 in a match.
- Kill/Assist count has been raised to 6
- Earn RP for more of your kills and assists in a given match.
- This is a slight nudge to give really good players a slightly faster trip back to their competitive rank while giving our top tier players more ways to pull ahead of the pack in the Predator ranks.
- Assist Threshold Increased to 10 seconds
- Earn assists for up to 10 seconds (up from 7.5 seconds) after dealing damage to a target that is killed by someone else.
- Predator has been increased to the top 750 players
- Allowing more players to enter Predator should improve queue times while remaining an exclusive tier for the highest levels of play.
- Matchmaking Tightening
- Players below Diamond will matchmake much more often within their own Ranks.
- Skydive Trails return
- In Season 8, Diamond Skydive Trails will be making a return as a ranked reward.
Apex Season 8 Ranked Play splits
The reformed Kings Canyon will be the location of the first split in Season 8, and this will continue until March 23. After that, the second split will take place on Olympus, but there are no plans to have World’s Edge feature in Ranked Play this season.
If you were hoping to head over there then you’re out of luck, but they did confirm that we’ll see this location come into play later in the Season.
Apex Legends Season 7 Ranked Play results and rewards
Respawn also shared the results of Season 7 Ranked Play, along with the Season 6 breakdown:
- 16.35% Bronze (17.76%)
- 23.86% Silver (26.23%)
- 32.09% Gold (36.25%)
- 23.13% Platinum (17.75%)
- 4.37% Diamond (1.89%)
- 0.20% Master & Apex Predator (0.12%)
If you did well during Season 7’s Ranked mode, then you can help yourself to some exciting rewards, depending on your rank. You can take a look at all of them in the image below.
These initially included Diamond Skydive trails, but the developers then removed those from the image. They later clarified that their inclusion in the list was an error since those will only be available as Season 8 rewards.
Respawn added a final note, stating that they plan to “keep an eye on these adjustments and the impact they have on the Ranked progression and health within the tiers.” So if there’s any update, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Apex Legends Season 8 will go live on February 2, on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series S/X, and PC on Origin and Steam.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends devs tease new Olympus and World’s Edge locations
Respawn Entertainment have dropped another batch of videos showing potential map locations for Olympus and World’s Edge in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy.
Apex Legends developers have been teasing Season 9 over on their Instagram account through glitchy videos, which could potentially show off some new map locations for Olympus and Worlds Edge.
Over the past week, Respawn Entertainment has been hard a work teasing and revealing the upcoming Season 9 entitled Legacy.
In the latest videos, it seems map changes for Olympus have been teased, as well as potentially unexpected changes to Apex Legend’s heavily missed map, World’s Edge, which was left out for Season 8.
Since the latest Stories from the Outlands short and reveal of the upcoming Apex Legend, Valkyrie, Respawn Entertainment has been teasing the new content coming in Legacy.
The latest videos seem to show off some new map changes in Apex Legends. However, the locations are very confusing. Dataminer @GarretLeaks has been analyzing the videos and has some interesting insight into what the videos are showing.
GarretLeaks first thought these three videos showed “new locations for Olympus,” as he edited the videos to get clear, individual frame images.
The first image shows an underground, tunnel-like setting with the overgrown plants teased in the official Infested Olympus reveal over on the Apex Legends website. Originally, Garret had believed this to be a new location in Olympus.
However, after deeper analysis and help from the community, it is now suspected that we could be seeing a double map change, with the image looking very similar to the tunnel underneath Train Yard on World’s Edge.
This seems even more possible with the second image, as the mountains in the background look very similar to the terrain and surroundings in World’s Edge, not Olympus. One fan has a theory that the image is of a Phase Runner like the one on Olympus, and perhaps Hammond Robotics has decided to build one on World’s Edge.
Lastly, the final image is very familiar as it seems to be the same location teased in the 100 million players video posted by Apex Legends Twitter last week. Many have imagined this location to replace Hammond Labs in the middle of the Olympus map, however more recently, many believe it could actually be a location for the new 3v3 mode, Arena.
If these videos were teasing a double map change for Olympus and World’s Edge, it would definitely surprise players, as this is information that reliable Apex Legends dataminers have missed.
Whatever happens to these maps, make sure you stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for all your Apex Legends news. For more, why not check out our article on the next-gen version of Apex.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
When will the next-gen version of Apex Legends be available?
Apex Legends has been out for a while now, and players are yet to see a next-gen optimization of the game, so when will we see it?
Apex Legends had its two-year anniversary this year, as well as celebrating 100 million players. Although the game is doing extremely well and is constantly growing, with the release of next generation consoles, when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale?
Apex Legends expanded its player base further than ever in 2020 and 2021, releasing on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Apex Legends developers, Respawn Entertainment, even announced their port for mobile devices recently, revealing that we could be seeing an Apex Legends mobile beta in “Spring 2021.”
This begs the question, especially with the release of next-gen consoles this year, when will we be seeing an optimized Apex Legends game for PS5 and Xbox Series X?
Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same cross-platform capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.
However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have the hardware capable of 4k gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4k resolution.
When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?
Respawn Entertainment have confirmed over on Reddit during a Season 8 AMA (ask me anything) that the developers will be implementing “more formal enhancements” for next-gen consoles this year.
Apart from frame rate, the other enhancements remain a mystery, with the developers also stating that cross-progression across platforms is “still a ways off,” but remains on their list of improvements.
One of these enhancements the developers mentioned was higher frame rates on next-gen. Steve Ferreira, Respawn’s Team Director, stated that the goal is for Apex Legends to reach a smooth 120 FPS on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s Dual Sense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.
Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.
While there has not been an official announcement by Respawn Entertainment for a next-gen release date, it does seem that they are working on it and placing it on the top of their priority list.
For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2021. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on 3 quality-of-life changes that would make Apex better on console.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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