Apex Legends data miners might have discovered exciting new features coming to the current darling of the battle royale world, including new Legends, new modes, and the addition of hovering tanks.
Fans on Reddit previously thought that they’d figured out Apex Legends‘ upcoming characters, but a recent dig into the game’s files has seemingly revealed more solid information about how the new Legends will play. RealApexLeaks discovered two new characters called Octane and Wattson referenced in the files, with Octane’s abilities linked to Stim injections and Wattson’s ability listed as a Tesla trap of some kind. It’s reasonable to assume that Wattson’s Tesla traps might work similarly to Caustic’s toxic gas traps in how they’re triggered, but how much damage they’ll do, or if they’ll have side effects like stunning opponents, is anyone’s guess. As for Octane’s Stim injections, given the character’s name and the Titanfall universe’s traditional Stim loadout, these abilities might let Octane move faster, reload faster, and use health packs more quickly.
These new characters might be playable in a couple of new modes that were also mentioned in the game’s files. In particular, ApexLBR discovered two new modes: Survival and Team Deathmatch. The latter is pretty self-explanatory, but there are mentions of “pilots” in the files listed under TDM, which is interesting considering that Respawn has stated that Apex Legends‘s heroes aren’t Titanfall pilots. Still, the different Legends and their abilities could create a great formula for an addictive TDM experience.
Survival Mode, on the other hand, might seem a little redundant at first, considering that the goal in battle royale is to survive to the end of the match. However, the files listed underneath that contain mention of “FFA.” In mulitplayer terminology, that stands for “free-for-all,” hinting that Survival mode might be the name of Apex Legends‘ solo battle royale mode—a mode that fans have requested ever since the game launched a couple weeks ago. Gaming Intel reports that Survival Mode will have NPC crowds cheering on combatants and announcers commenting on the action, so it might have something to do with the game’s inevitable debut as an esport.
The most interesting discovery, however, came once again from RealApexLeaks, who discovered mentions of a hover tank in the game’s files. It sounds like the hover tanks might move around the map like the game’s supply ships before eventually settling in one area of the map, but it’s unclear if players can actually drive them or if the hover tanks will act as an environmental hazard of some kind. A kill cam similar to Call of Duty’s might also be coming to the game.
Last but not least, a couple of new weapons are also expected to come to the game. The L-Star EMG is an LMG that should be familiar to Titanfall fans. It will reportedly have a high DPS despite having a lower rate of fire than the Devotion and the Spitfire, and it’s unclear what kind of ammo it will use. There’s also the Havoc assault rifle, which will apparently be the first weapon in its class that will use energy ammo. Not much is known about the Havoc, but it’s thought that it will have a select fire attachment similar to the Prowler’s that will let players either use it in burst-fire or full auto modes.
It looks like Respawn has every intention of consistently updating its overnight sensation of a game. Now, whether or not players will adopt the game financially and buy a ton of loot boxes to keep the party going is still to be determined.
Apex Legends is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: PC Gamer