It was form of arduous to overlook, however final night time Apex Legends season one was formally introduced, with particulars lastly shared on how the battle move would perform and the kind of rewards it will present.
In the hours after its unveiling, nevertheless, many on the Apex Legends subreddit have expressed disappointment within the battle move. The predominant complaints appear to centre on an absence of attention-grabbing content material: notably the abundance of badge and tracker rewards and an absence of legendary skins at excessive tier ranges.
Shortly after its preliminary announcement, Respawn added one other weblog submit to make clear the “battle move season one philosophy”.
“You’ll discover the primary model is not constructed round a fancy quest system the place you might want to do a 720 backflip off of Watchtower Artemis and get two Wingman headshots earlier than hitting the bottom,” the weblog submit states. “While we predict there’s actually cool design area in quests and challenges for future battle passes, we needed the preliminary model to permit our gamers to only play and be taught the sport.”
It appears there can be one thing just a little quest-like in regards to the battle move, nevertheless, because the battle move will present a development bonus “tied to taking part in a wide range of characters, as a result of we consider true mastery in Apex Legends means being a badass with anybody in any state of affairs at any time”.
On the subject of the rewards and their distribution all through the tiers, Respawn appeared to spotlight the focus of rewards at decrease tiers of the battle move was a deliberate determination.
“We’ve tried to create a battle move the place first-time spenders can get a powerful base of weapon and character cosmetics to fill out their preliminary assortment at a deep low cost.
“In addition, we have included our first ever three-stage evolving Legendary Havoc weapon pores and skin (for veterans who’re in search of the brand new hotness), in addition to Epic and Legendary Apex Packs. These rewards are all as well as the 1000 Apex Coins you may earn by the battle move, which you’ll put in direction of unlocking the subsequent battle move.”
The reference to a quest system is probably going a comparability to Fortnite, which has weekly challenges for battle move holders. It’s value remembering the very first Fortnite battle move was fairly weak in comparison with what Epic is presently producing; with solely 70 tiers, a few attention-grabbing skins and no further challenges, it was hardly thrilling. Maybe we’ll see the Apex Legends move develop in the same method.
For now, season one appears targeted on “exploring the brand new meta” – maybe highlighting the distinction in target market between Apex Legends and Fortnite. While the latter is giving loads of consideration to cosmetics and an informal viewers, Apex Legends appears busy cultivating an esports scene and making a extra aggressive expertise for gamers. For now, no less than.
If the underwhelming rewards have not put you off, you should purchase the battle move this night when season one goes reside right now at 5pm GMT. Given I’ve had a lot enjoyable with the sport up to now, I am going to most likely nonetheless pop some cash in.