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#82

For the lazy:

LEGEND BALANCING

At the start of Season 1, we previously talked about how our beloved Thicc Bois (Pathfinder, Gibraltar and Caustic) were getting crushed due to their hitbox size compared to other Legends. We first wanted to try adjusting hitboxes to better fit the model. For Pathfinder, this change worked very well. (Note: separately, we are actively investigating and working on fixing unrelated hit registration issues sometimes affecting all characters). However, after looking at the data and player feedback, Gibraltar and Caustic only improved slightly with the hitbox adjustments.

We don’t believe that hit box and character kit tuning is sufficient to bring Gibraltar and Caustic in line with their smaller competitors. Starting with Patch 1.1.1, Gibraltar and Caustic will get a new perk added to their passive - Fortified , which reduces damage taken by 10%. Over the week or two following this change, we will be watching how they perform with this additional protection and aggressively tune it if they are still underpowered relative to their size. Our goal is to ensure both Legends are viable picks by the end of this process.

Additionally, we’re also making a few quality of life kit adjustments to ensure their marquee abilities are a more impactful part of their individual playstyles.

CAUSTIC:

  • Fortified Passive Perk added: reduces damage taken by 10%
  • Gas Damage per tick increased: 1 -> 4
  • Ultimate Throw distance increased: 28 meters -> 33 meters

GIBRALTAR:

  • Fortified Passive Perk added: reduces damage taken by 10%
  • Gun Shield health increased: 50 -> 75

WEAPON BALANCING

On the weapons side of the equation, we’ve made a number of changes to try to improve the power of long range gameplay. We’re reducing leg shot damage reductions on sniper category weapons, so you’re not punished for landing inaccurate shots at long distances. Given the semi-auto and low damage nature of our current sniper suite, coupled with the general speed and evasiveness of many Legend kits, it already takes several challenging shots to down someone at range. Because of this difficult sniper environment, we’re also reducing general sniper weapon sway and hitting the DMR with a few targeted buffs to make it more viable to engage Legends at range.

Separately from the sniper category, we are nerfing the Spitfire a bit, but our goal is to still keep it strong, as it’s a rarer spawning weapon. The Wingman is receiving a few magazine size nerfs, so that it doesn’t dominate the stock gun vs. stock gun battle early on due to its super high damage per bullet. Lastly, the Havoc is getting some general ammo and charge beam buffs to bring it in line as a viable energy ammo AR that competes with the R-301 and Flatine/Hemlok. The end goal is that the Havoc pressures a player’s ability to find Energy ammo, but is less dependent on finding attachments, whereas the R-301 and Flatline/Hemlok have less ammo pressure, but a higher reliance on finding more attachments to achieve power.

  • G7 SCOUT / TRIPLE TAKE / LONGBOW DMR
    • Lowered leg shot damage reduction: 25% -> 10%
    • Reduced base weapon sway by about 33%
    • Reduced base sway speed by about 25%

  • LONGBOW DMR
    • Increased fire rate 1.2 -> 1.6
    • Increased magazine size
      • Base mag increased: 5 -> 6 rounds
      • Common mag extender increased: 6 -> 8 rounds
      • Rare mag extender increased: 8 -> 10 rounds
      • Epic mag extender increased: 10 -> 12 rounds

  • HAVOC
    • Increased base magazine size: 25 -> 32 rounds
    • Charge Beam
      • Reduced cost per shot: 5 -> 4
      • Increased close range damage: 55 -> 60
      • Increased damage at range: 45 -> 50
      • Close range damage falloff increased: 35m -> 75m
      • Ranged damage falloff increased: 75m -> 125m

  • WINGMAN
    • Reduced magazine size
      • Base mag reduced: 6 -> 4 rounds
      • Common mag extender reduced: 8 -> 6 rounds
      • Rare mag extender reduced: 9 -> 8 rounds
      • Epic mag extender reduced: 12 -> 10 rounds

  • SPITFIRE
    • Reduced base damage: 20 -> 18
    • Magazine extender attachments reduced
      • Common mag extender reduced: 45 -> 40 rounds
      • Rare mag extender reduced: 55 -> 45 rounds
      • Eprc mag extender reduced: 60 -> 55 rounds

ADJUSTMENTS TO GOLD WEAPON ATTACHMENTS:

  • Gold Havoc
    • Now has Turbocharger
    • Now has 1x-2x variable holo site
  • Gold R301
    • Now has 1x-2x variable holo site
  • Gold Wingman
    • Now has digital threat

BATTLE PASS XP BONUS EVENT:

In honor of Thicc-boi buffs, we’re going to be running a bonus Battle Pass XP event. From approximately 10AM PST 4/16 through approximately 10AM PST 4/18, your first Top 5 of the day (your squad places 5th or better in a match) will grant you 1 full bonus Battle Pass Level (29,500 BPP) , up to a max of level 110. You can earn this once per day.

We’ll also be finding other moments during the season to add Battle Pass XP bonuses, so stay tuned!

ADDITIONAL CHANGES

  • JUMP SHIP SPEED
    • Increased the speed of the ship by about 50%
      • We felt that the ship was moving a bit too slow after watching player behavior so we’re speeding it up so players that like to drop later in the flight path don’t have to wait so long.
  • BUG FIXES
    • Fixed UI bug where the wrong percentage would be displayed for all boost badges.

#83

Ok, Pathfinder’s hitbox needs to be fixed pronto!


#84

I see nothing but bad shooting.


#85

Oh go back to taking pictures of virtual monuments or something.


#86

I’m pretty sure at least 3 of your shots hit your teammate.


#87

Hrmm, I guess you could be right. The shots that pissed me off the most were at 36 seconds, but after looking closer I guess my teammate could have jumped in the way between the time I shot and when it actually landed.

Whatever, it’s still the games fault!


#88

LAG!!!


#89

At EA PLAY in June, we will give you the first details on what you can expect from Season 2. We’ve seen all the feedback on Season 1 and look forward to showing you the improvements we’re making. 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?


#90

Voice actors hardly ever get enough credit, so it was really fun to watch this, especially for a game I have listened to over and over and over again.


#91

Too bad the damn servers were down most of the weekend.


#92

Oh yeah? Good weekend to be traveling I guess. Can’t imagine how rusty I’ll be when I get back.


#93

I know this post is mostly just for me and Bimble, but I want to keep the topic alive anyways:

NEW LIMITED TIME EVENT: THE LEGENDARY HUNT

Apex Elite Queue June 4 – July 2

Make it to the Top 5 in any match, and earn your way into a select queue full of Top 5 winners. Then prove you’re the best of the best by taking them all down!

  • The queue is optional. You can choose to play in the regular playlist at any time.
  • The Ring closes faster and damage for out of bounds has been increased.
  • Earn character specific badges that track Elite game wins.

Two Additional Legendary Skins for all Battle Pass Owners

  • Players who have the Wild Frontier Battle Pass will automatically get the Legendary Honored Prey R-301 skin.
  • Players who reach Battle Pass level 15 before the end of the event will get the Wraith Night Terror Legendary skin.

Legendary Hunt Challenge Rewards

June 4 – June 18

Complete special in-game challenges to score free Legendary Hunt loot! Don’t lose sight of your prey – these rewards are event exclusive , and once it’s over, they’re gone for good.

  • Legendary Hunt Badge – Finish in the Top 5 in any match. Tracks your longest Top 5 streak in the Elite Queue.
  • Rare Wolfpack G7 Scout weapon skin – Finish in the Top 5 in an Apex Elite match.
  • Epic Master of the Hunt Bloodhound Legend skin – Finish in the Top 5 in any queue five times (consecutive or nonconsecutive).
  • Legendary Tamed Beast Triple Take weapon skin – Win twice in any queue (consecutive or nonconsecutive).

Battle Pass Bonus XP

June 4 – June 18

Earn an entire Battle Pass level when you finish in the Top 5 in any match (once per day).

Double XP Weekend

Friday June 7 at 10:00 a.m. PT – Monday June 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT

Score double level XP and Battle Pass XP all weekend long! Does not include the Battle Pass level earned from finishing in the Top 5 each day.

Legendary Hunt Store Skins

June 4 – June 18

New Legendary Hunt items will rotate into the shop every three to four days – these items are event limited , so they may be back, but no one can say when.

1.2 PATCH NOTES

KNOWN ISSUES

“Teamwork” and “Bonus Round” Badges

  • We are working on a server side patch for these ASAP.

Playstation sign in bug for new players

  • [affects Playstation only] There is an issue with some brand new players that do not already have an EA account linked to PSN being unable to sign into the game. We’re working a fix for this to get out ASAP.

KINGS CANYON UPDATES

  • Thunderdome has had some small changes to loot placement, mostly around moving loose loot into bins for more visibility on where the loot is.
  • The Pit has about 2x the loot in it
  • Repulsor has loot bins added to the west side of the area, on top of the trapezoid buildings.
  • Some loot added to the underground pit in the small town in Shattered Forest.
  • Added voice over lines that will callout Jump Towers when you ping them. You can now ping the jump towers.

QUALITY OF LIFE / BUG FIXES

  • Decreased the delay with items showing up in the menu when looting a Death Box.
  • Mini Map direction will now display correctly while in the ship or skydiving.
  • Improved server performance for some cases of rubberbanding when using items.
  • Removed an exploit that allowed a squad to have more than one of the same Legend.
  • Removed an exploit that allowed to “bunny hop” while healing.
  • Fixed issue where players might “bounce” off your squad when breaking off during a skydive.
  • Improved skydiving so it should feel more responsive and smooth.
  • Thermite grenades now cause damage to doors.
  • Squad Summary Page Improvements
    • cursor support added.
    • players can now mute / report players from this page.
    • players can now report teammates that have disconnected.
  • Caustic barrels can now be triggered or disabled by friendly teammates.
  • Added cooldown [.5 seconds] before you can reuse the last zipline you were on.
  • Pathfinder’s Grapple now has a blue crosshair indicator that will appear when the Grapple is in range of objects it can connect to.
  • When grappling a zipline, the trajectory will now pull players to a point below the zipline rather than above. This makes it so players are more likely to connect with the zipline instead of flying over it.
  • Made improvements to how weapon reticles and optics are displayed when playing with colorblind settings.
  • Added colorblind support for threat vision scope and Bloodhound’s Ultimate.
  • Removed the ability for players to change game settings not intended to be modified on a client level. Our intent is to prevent exploits like removing muzzle flash, disabling lighting, and other changes that give players an unfair competitive advantage.
  • We’ve reverted the behavior of “Holster Weapons” so pressing that button while your melee weapon is out will no longer bring out your last primary weapon.
  • Added ability to fully customize button layout for controllers.
  • Added localized voice overs for all Legends that now supports:
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • Russian
    • Polish
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
  • Fixed an issue where a player is unable to change their Party Privacy option.
  • Fixed the extra sway from the G7 crosshair while moving.
  • Fixed bug where cloaked Mirage was too noticeable.
  • Fixed a rare issue with using consumables while having a Caustic gas canister out.
  • Fixed an issue where shield cells and shield batteries would sometimes appear to be permanently stuck to the player.
  • Improved framerate when Sun shadow coverage is set High in Video options.
  • Fixed issue with the Long Distance Kill Badge not displaying the correct max distance.
  • Fixed issue with bad framerate when using Bloodhound’s Ultimate.
  • Fixed players being crushed by opening or closing doors when climbing onto a roof just above the door.
  • Fixed a crash related to model code.
  • Fixed issue where player would crawl very fast in place.
  • Fixed some rare cases of players getting stuck in geometry.
  • Fixed issue where Octane’s Stim trail would still linger after death.
  • Fixed cases where melee lunges could stop too far from their intended target.
  • Fixed issue with players not receiving any XP for anything after a match and the Champion Bonus showing as -1XP.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the audio and visual effects would not play when a weapon fires.
  • Lots of minor fixes and polish to game stability and performance.

#94

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#96

Nothing too original here, just lulling a cheater in to a sense of security before I give him what’s coming to him. For context, he was trying to team up in solos, and this wolf rides alone.


#97

Voidwalker event starts today. It’s adding a Sniper and Shotgun mode.


#98

Played for a few hours last night and was not a fan of the void walker experience. The one good thing about it though is that 50% of the squads go for the void from the drop ship and only a few will emerge from there victorious so that makes it easier to navigate the map.


#99

The underground void place is an absolute shit show. I avoid it at all costs.


#100

I tried it 3 times and died almost instantly. No thanks.


#101

New map! Oct 1st