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Respawn dev explains why Apex Legends will never have wall running

A Respawn developer has finally answered why we haven’t seen the wall running mechanic from Titanfall 2 implemented into Apex Legends.

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Wall running was one of the most popular features in Titanfall 2, and Apex fans have been begging Respawn to put it in the battle royale for a while. Now one developer has given an explanation as to why the feature “doesn’t fit” in the game.

The ‘wall running’ mechanic in Titanfall allowed players to maneuver around the map in style, and fans have wanted to see it in Apex Legends ever since the battle royale launched. Despite this, Respawn never added the feature to the battle royale.

They left it out of the game in order to avoid giving Apex too many similarities to Titanfall. However, this hasn’t swayed the fans’ demands. Respawn has no plans to implement this mechanic to the game, and now one developer has elaborated on why that’s the case.

Wall running is a “bad fit” for Apex Legends

Respawn developer Daniel Z. Klein talked about this topic in the Apex Legends subreddit. He stated they won’t implement wall running because it isn’t a good fit for the battle royale.

“I’m not saying wall running is bad. I’m saying wall running is a bad fit for Apex Legends,” Klein wrote “[Apex] is a game where positioning matters, where getting the drop on enemies matters… loadouts matter.”

“If you ‘bust open the skill ceiling’ with vertical fast movement like wall running, all the core aspects of Apex Legends ‘become irrelevant,'” he elaborated. “Is my opponent a lot better than me at the movement model? If so, I’m screwed, no matter what else.”

“Anecdotally, people absolutely loved the constant sugar high of Titanfall multiplayer, but then also very quickly burned out on it,” he added. “Sure, some players stuck with it for a very long time, but on average it’s the kind of game you play and absolutely love for a few weeks and then you’re kind of done.”

It’s clear that the developers don’t feel that adding this mechanic will improve the experience of playing Apex Legends. Despite this, we still had wallrunning in the “Fight or Fright” Halloween event for a short while. At the moment, it’s “unlikely” that we’ll see this feature implemented for good.

Respawn might revisit wall running again

We may not see wall running in Apex Legends anytime soon, but the developer made it clear that the mechanic ‘still has a future’ in their upcoming titles.

We’ve already seen it return in their Star Wars game, ‘Jedi: Fallen Order.’ The main character Cal was able to traverse across different terrains and environments through sliding, climbing, and of course; wall running.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a game that’s less player-vs-player focused could bring the amazing movement model of Titanfall 2 back. Like, if there ever is a Titanfall 3, for instance… it’s just not a good fit for Apex Legends,” he stated.

While we won’t have wall running in Apex Legends, there are still a ton of fun mechanics for you to take advantage of. This includes a trick that you can use to infinitely slide, so jump into the battle royale and try it out.

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All Apex Legends Season 8 character buffs and nerfs

Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed what buffs and nerfs they have planned for Apex Legends Season 8.

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Nerfs and buffs on Apex Legends Season 8

The new season of Apex Legends is just around the corner. The developers have let us know which Legends they have plans to give nerfs and buffs to when the Season 8 update goes live in February.

Apex Legends Season 8, titled Mayhem, has been officially been confirmed by Respawn to drop on February 2, 2021. There is a plethora of new content on the horizon, such as LTM’s, Legends, weapon adjustments, and map changes.

The devs will also take this opportunity to fine-tune the existing Legends. Many of the more powerful ones will be nerfed, while the ones that need a buff will receive just that. 

Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein has revealed these new changes to players. 

Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8

Apex Legends Season 8 nerfs and buffs

Wattson

Wattson is a powerful character, and this is evident by the Legend’s extremely high win rate. This makes her a popular pick among Apex fans and so the devs find it difficult to implement any changes to her abilities.

“The problem is that Wattson has a very high win rate, says Klein. “One that climbs aggressively with skill as well.”

Any change that they make to her abilities can result in a massive shift in how she functions. “She’s fallen off from her near 100% pick rate peak, but it doesn’t take very much to push an already strong character from never seen to everywhere and a pain in the butt.”

She has the highest win rate, along with Horizon, Wraith, Gibraltar, and Lifeline. One fan suggested that the devs add an option to toggle Wattson’s Perimeter Security, which would enable her to take her opponents by surprise.

“We really need to find non-power impacting ways to make Wattson more fun,” Klein said. “I think the toggle on fences has the potential to do that because you may also screw yourself by turning them off at the wrong time.”

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Wraith nerf

Wraith has gone through a few throughout her time in Apex Legends. She has a history of being either too powerful or having broken hitboxes, and the developers have to repeatedly “fix” her.

Back in November, Daniel Klein hinted about bringing her “under control” in Season 8, and even jokingly suggested taking Wraith out of the game altogether.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

He made it clear that they will focus on fine-tuning her hitboxes by going the same route they did with Pathfinder’s changes in November’s Season 7 update.

Wraith in Apex Legends

Horizon nerf

Horizon has won over fans ever since she joined the roster in Season 7. Her unique abilities have made her a powerhouse with a huge record of wins, despite the nerfs she has received to her Gravity Lift. 

“Our theory internally right now is that she’s too safe with the tactical,” Klein says. “She can use it in so many situations to get out of trouble, and most frustratingly, she can sit atop the tactical and use a battery while A/D strafing faster than she could on the ground.”

The devs will focus on her mobility, while also being open to other possibilities. “The Pathfinder changes have taught us that attacking the hitboxes to bring a character’s win rate under control, without making them less fun is a promising route to try. I’d like us to do this more often.”

Horizon in Apex Legends

Associate Live Balance Designer John ‘JayBiebs’ Larson said: “It’s safe to say (Horizon will) be getting nerfed, but how we do that is important. Looking at her tactical alone there are all sorts of dials we can turn including vertical lift speed, horizontal speed/acceleration, ejection speed/time, cool down, weapon accuracy, and the list goes on.”

Revenant buff

Revenant has an interesting kit and the devs touched upon this Legend when discussing the possibility of reversing hitbox changes. They previously stated that they have no plans to buff Revenant in Season 8. However, they have brought the idea up among themselves.

“We’ve been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant,” said Klein, “I don’t think we’ve properly discussed just shrinking his hitboxes to give him power without making him more frustrating. I’ll bring it up in our balance round table.”

This change to the hitbox would make the Legend much more aggressive. But if they don’t tune it just right then it can become a problem. It will be no fun to play against Revenant if you can’t hit him at all, so they’ll have to be careful.

Revenant in Apex Legends

Rampart buff

Rampart has started off as an incredibly strong option but has fallen in popularity recently. The Season 7 updates did not buff her up as much as other Legends and this left fans a little disappointed. Some of them even suggested a buff for her.

She is confirmed to be getting a buff to her Amped Walls ability in Season 8. The devs will add 45 health to her Tactical and you can read more about these plans in a thread posted to the Apex Legends subreddit.

That sums up every confirmed nerf and buff for Apex Legends Season 8. As we receive more information about the upcoming update, we’ll be sure to update you.

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New Apex Legends Season 8 weapon revealed: 30-30 Repeater

Season 8 of Apex Legends is set to welcome the 30-30 Repeater Rifle to the game. It appears to be the trademark weapon of Fuse.

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Apex Legends will introduce the new 30-30 Repeater Rifle in Season 8. It also appears to be the same weapon that the new Legend Fuse is wielding in his new promotional material.

Fuse is on his way to the Apex Legends universe. He’s coming from a new planet – called Salvo – and he’s bringing with him his intimidating-looking 30-30 Repeater Rifle.

Despite the fact we are still deep into Season 7 territory, players can’t help but wonder what’s around the corner. Well after the recent reveal of new Legend Fuse, eager battle royalers now have a new toy to get their excited hands-on in a few weeks.

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30-30 Repeater Rifle in Apex Legends Season 8

In terms of what ammo the gun will take, the dev stream showed the Repeater Rifle near some Heavy Ammo. This could be an indicator of which type of ammo it needs. However, the official description explains that it functions on ‘hard-hitting rounds’. So whether it’s perhaps Sniper ammo or even a new, niche variety, remains to be seen.

In terms of what ammo the gun will take, the dev stream showed the Repeater Rifle near some Heavy Ammo. This could be an indicator of which type of ammo it needs. However, the official description explains that it functions on ‘hard-hitting rounds’. So whether it’s perhaps Sniper ammo or even a new, niche variety, remains to be seen.

Given that it’s a Lever-Action Rifle, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some scopes being attached to it to improve its long-range capabilities. There are also the usual possibilities of new barrels, stocks, and extended mags. But again, Respawn may decide to single the 30-30 Repeater out and individualize some of its aspects.

The Rifle is expected to be a great risk and reward weapon with accurate shots capable of inflicting incredible amounts of damage. But it will equally punish wayward players that don’t make their shots count.

Finally, the weapon is expected to be accompanied by at least 16 common and rare skins, five Epic skins, and three Legendary ones as well.

Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8

Season 7 of Apex Legends was an odd one in that it reintroduced some old content – in the form of the new Olympus map and R-99 loot – but didn’t add any news guns.

Eagle-eyed players that watched the dev streams in the past knew there was extra content lingering in Apex Legends somewhere.

Respawn Entertainment’s introduction of Fuse has certainly got the community excited for his arrival. This is how our newest Legend is described on the official Apex Legends website:

“Fuse doesn’t lack confidence, but he often lacks a plan. He’s a blow-up-first ask-questions-later kinda guy.”

We’ll have more information on the 30-30 Repeater, Fuse, and more as Respawn continues to dish out the details about the upcoming Season 8 of Apex Legends.

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Apex Legend dev explains why they won’t lift Level 500 cap

One dev from Respawn Entertainment explained to fans why the top player level cap in Apex Legends will not be increased anytime soon.

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Apex Legends dev responds to fans

Apex Legends dev Jason McCord explained on Twitter why Respawn will not be lifting the level cap from 500 to a higher amount, but also teased some new ideas for where the battle royale will go next.

When you drop into Apex Legends, you have a chance to become the fiercest warrior in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale. If you put enough hours into the game, you’ll be able to earn the top player level of 500.

This was initially limited to level 100, but Respawn lifted the cap all the way to 500 following fans’ requests. Now that players have reached the new level, they want the devs to raise it once again but Respawn has no plans to do that anytime soon.

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Respawn will not lift the Level 500 cap in Apex Legends

One Apex fan took to Twitter on January 18, and asked about increasing the level cap. This query was met with a response from Jason McCord, the Design Director at Respawn Entertainment.

“Some day, maybe,” McCord wrote. “I’m not personally convinced that making that number bigger is the best way to feel progression in the game. We have some ideas.”

It’s not clear what exactly these ideas are that he’s referring to, but this could be hinting at something like a brand new prestige system coming to the battle royale in an future update.

That would be an interesting change to Apex Legends, and would certainly encourage players to level themselves up faster as they would have a new rank as their goal. However, this is all just speculation at the moment.

Respawn Entertainment is known to stand by its decisions, but it’s possible that this could change due to the demands of the players. For example, the devs said that they won’t ever add Ranked Solos, but some new leaks suggest otherwise.

All we can do is wait around to see what Respawn decides. They might not increase the top player level cap anytime soon, but we know that they’re at least aware of what fans want. If there’s any new developments on this then we’ll be sure to update you.

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