After blasting onto the battle royale shooter scene again in February, Apex Legends grew to become a relative powerhouse amongst main gamers like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The free-to-play recreation introduced a stage of polish and shooter design ability to the style that was missing in a few of its largest opponents, and that made it a refreshing new entry into the favored subgenre.That recognition has waned some for Apex Legends since its launch, partially as a result of the early honeymoon interval through which the sport attracted tons of consideration (and streamers) is over. Another wrongdoer: The recreation’s first three-month season was lackluster when it comes to content material. Apex launched a brand new character and a brand new weapon with Season 1, however little else that makes the sport dynamic as a live-service title. Earning its first season’s rewards additionally got here via as plenty of grind for little payoff amongst some gamers.The first content material season of Apex is ready to wrap up in June, though–right round E3. We’re anticipating to study much more in the course of the occasion.What We Know So FarA massive push for Apex Legends thus far has been in cleansing up points within the recreation. The newest Apex patch focuses on decreasing the variety of crashes suffered by PC gamers and addresses audio issues. We’ve additionally seen developer Respawn Entertainment put plenty of deal with stopping cheaters within the recreation, whereas additionally trying to make efficient stability adjustments by doing issues like remodeling character hitboxes to make them extra viable on the battlefield. As the developer has labored in coping with these points, it hasn’t launched a lot in the way in which of recent content material for Apex in Season 1–but given participant complaints, that is prone to change in Season 2.As for precisely what content material is coming in Season 2, the specifics are anyone’s guess. At least one new character, often known as Wattson, is predicted to hitch the sport primarily based on previous leaks. Trailers have additionally prompt a brand new weapon coming to the sport to go along with Wattson, as effectively. But no person is aware of for certain at this level what Season 2 will entail, or how broad its adjustments to Apex Legends might be.What’s Confirmed For E3?During its newest quarterly earnings name, Apex Legends writer Electronic Arts mentioned it will announce new particulars about Apex Season 2 throughout E3–specifically, throughout EA Play, the general public occasion EA throws in Los Angeles yearly throughout E3. There are few specifics as to what that announcement will entail, however we all know a couple of of the broad strokes. A brand new character is coming, as are adjustments to the sport’s single map, Kings Canyon.”For Season 2 you can expect a Battle Pass with more meaningful content, the introduction of a new Legend, the debut of a new weapon… and you didn’t expect Kings Canyon to stay the same forever, did you?” Respawn wrote in a submit on the EA weblog.What We Hope To See At E3It’s just a little bit robust to take a position about what Apex Legends wants when gamers complain a few lack of “content.” For certain, we wish extra characters within the game–each one’s talents and traits are an enormous a part of what units Apex other than different battle royale video games. Each one’s strengths and weaknesses add to the overarching technique wanted to win the sport. But Respawn has beforehand mentioned it means to take plenty of care in introducing new components to Apex Legends, which is why stability adjustments and updates are considerably rare. We need Respawn to proceed to completely check the whole lot it does to Apex to keep away from including new points to the sport and having to roll again adjustments. So whereas it would be good to have extra characters in Apex sooner, one per season might be a very good tempo; the identical is true with the introduction of recent weapons.Respawn has additionally prompt that Apex would see its recreation map evolving and altering over time, and if we will not get numerous new weapons and characters in Season 2, we might like to see the terrain turn into altered and extra dynamic. The alien worlds of the Titanfall universe enable for lots of potentialities, and hypothesis primarily based on leaks has already prompt that the massive, lethal creatures who inhabit the world of Kings Canyon may get in on the motion in Apex. New risks and obstacles, in addition to new locations to combat and develop methods, can be welcome additions to the bottom Apex Legends method.Apex may additionally stand to enhance in including extra for gamers to do whereas they’re taking part in. Taking a web page from Fortnite on this respect might be a good suggestion. With every new season, developer Epic Games provides a multitude of challenges to the sport that assist gamers earn expertise and rewards sooner. Some are easy, requiring little greater than stepping into fights with particular weapons, however others require exploring the map and discovering unusual Easter eggs that give gamers hints on the total shifting nature of the sport. There’s at all times one thing bizarre to find in Fortnite, it appears.Challenges would develop the replayability issue for Apex, particularly in the event that they helped give gamers extra to try for in incomes beauty and customization rewards. But other than simply new skins for weapons and characters, Apex may use challenges and Easter eggs to develop on the lore and story that surrounds the sport, giving gamers cool secrets and techniques to find that improve their understanding of Apex’s characters and world. Respawn has hinted on the extra in-depth story surrounding Apex–we know it is a part of the Titanfall universe, in spite of everything, which has fairly a little bit of lore of its personal. At E3, we might like to see Respawn begin to push the boundaries of Apex Legends in a manner that is just like what Blizzard does with Overwatch, telling extra tales about its characters and giving gamers a broader have a look at its world.And in fact, it would be nice to see Respawn improve the battle go of Apex Legends to offer gamers extra cool stuff to hunt. Fun as the sport is itself, strong battle passes (in addition to issues like challenges and different content material) assist maintain curiosity in video games like Apex, which retains gamers returning. In reality, it would be good to see Respawn experiment with the battle go method the way in which it has the battle royale method, to additional set the sport other than contenders like Fornite. We’re unsure what kind these experiments may take, however we’re prepared to offer them a shot primarily based on how a lot we have loved what Respawn has created thus far.Oh, and whereas it is recognized that Respawn is actively making an attempt to stamp out dishonest within the recreation, a longer-term resolution to the issue of hacks that spoil the sport would make a wonderful E3 bonus. Dealing with all cheaters may be wishful pondering, but when one factor would improve the enjoyable of Apex instantly, it is that.

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