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Apex Legends announcer joins the Avengers game as Jane FosterJun 22, 2022 - The LoadoutZehra Fazal has been lending her voice to the Apex Games for more than three years now, not actively getting involved in the battle. But, that has now changed as Zehra Fazal has joined the cast of the Avengers game as Jane Foster: The Mighty Thor, stepping into the fight as a true legend (albeit a legend from a different universe). The voice actress, who has had a number of voiceover roles including in 2019's Call of Duty Modern Warfare, from voicing the female Exo in Destiny 2 to the aforementioned Apex Legends announcer, will join the Avengers game on June 28 with the release of Jane Foster. Announced on June 21, this is the last confirmed new character set to arrive in the beleaguered game, although Square Enix has committed to continued support. Jane Foster's inclusion ties in with the upcoming release of Thor Love and Thunder in theatres and cinemas on July 7, 2022. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends' design director on the health and direction of ranked Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event release time countdown Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev CHOOSE YOUR SIDE, MECHS OR MONSTERS, IN THE AWAKENING COLLECTION EVENTJun 21, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsLIFELINE’S CLINIC Welcome to Lifeline’s Clinic, a new place to heal up and chill out. This new state-of-the-art building is nestled between Gardens and Grow Towers, in the northeast corner of Olympus. https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/apex-legends/common/apex-legends-screenshots-s13-e01-awakening-lifelinetakeover-01-clean.png.adapt.1456w.png In the center of the Clinic's main floor stands the Med-bay. With it, legends can take advantage of the most refined automated healing system in the Outlands. Whenever injured legends are standing on the platform, a heal tether will activate and attach to them. If the Med-bay is charged, they will get continuous healing. Additionally, the Med-bay's holo-displays will indicate if someone is healing, or if the Med-bay is recharging. https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/apex-legends/common/apex-legends-screenshots-s13-e01-awakening-lifelinetakeover-02-clean.png.adapt.1456w.png If you want better loot, just head to the "Emergency Platform" at the back and use the Care Package console located there. Make sure to reach it first as you can only use the console once per game. CONTROL LIMITED TIME MODE RETURNS Control mode returns during the Awakening Collection Event and this time, World’s Edge will be joining the rotation with Olympus and Storm Point. If this is going to be your first time playing Control or it’s been a while, catch up with our blog that explains the popular mode. Also, check out the new features we’ll be adding to Control during the Awakening Collection Event: Introduce Ad Drones to Control for flavor & storytelling purposes, but yes, you can also shoot them. Matchmaking improvement – Fill slots of missing players at the start of Control with new players to prevent imbalanced matches. Added tabs to the About screen – seen in Lobby and accessible in Control matches. One of the new tabs has a breakdown of Ratings values. The other has a breakdown of how the spawn system works. AWAKENING COLLECTION EVENT ITEMS https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/apex-legends/common/apex-legends-screenshots-s13-e01-awakening-lobafuse-clean.png.adapt.1456w.png The Awakening Collection Event introduces a brand new set of 24-themed, limited-time cosmetics. Look every inch the fighter in new Legendary skins including Horizon’s “Atom Heart Mother”, Fuse’s “Animal Instinct”, Ash’s “Existential Threat”, and more! Learn more in the full blog here: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/awakening-collection-event Apex Legends' design director on the health and direction of rankedJun 21, 2022 - The LoadoutOne of the biggest developments for Apex Legends Season 13 was Ranked Reloaded, a collection of changes and improvements to Apex's competitive mode bundled up into one package. The main focus was not only to create a more satisfying and less frustrating ranked experience, but one where the quality of the gameplay would also change to better reflect the placement-focused action we see in the Apex Legends Global Series. While Apex Legends' ranked mode is constantly tweaked every season, this marked one of the biggest single updates to ranked since the game launched. So has it worked? For some, ranked is the best it has ever been, but Ranked Reloaded is still far from being universally loved by all competitive-minded Apex players. With that in mind, we reached out to Respawn for its thoughts on the direction of ranked play, how Ranked Reloaded has been received, and what it's looking to tinker with next. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends announcer joins the Avengers game as Jane Foster Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event release time countdown Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event release time countdownJun 21, 2022 - The LoadoutIt's almost time for the Awakening Collection Event in Apex Legends, and the countdown to this mechs versus monsters inspired event is ticking away. We've already had a sneak peek at some of the sweet weapon skins that can be obtained throughout the Awakening Collection Event, and the trailer has shown off some awesome skins for the likes of Ash, Loba, Seer, and Horizon. To coincide with her buff (finally) Lifeline will also be taking over Olympus with her own point of interest. There are also some further tweaks being made to Apex Legends ranked, and everyone's favourite LTM Control is back on the menu. Delicious. So if you're itching to get stuck into all this new content, you might be wondering when the Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event release time is? Well, if it follows a similar rollout to previous events, it will be kicking off on June 21 at 10am PT/ 1pm ET/ 6pm BST, so there's not long to wait. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends announcer joins the Avengers game as Jane Foster Apex Legends' design director on the health and direction of ranked Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by devJun 17, 2022 - The LoadoutWhen it comes to a new Apex Legends Collection Event, character skins and Heirloom items are more often than not the talk of the town. However, they're not the only cosmetic item on offer - Respawn Entertainment is consistently introducing new weapon skins to the battle royale shooter, too. Ahead of the Awakening Collection release date, lead hard surface MTX artist Oscar Aguirre has shared a detailed look at some of the new legendary weapon skins that will be available during the Awakening Collection Event - and, they look awesome. On June 16, following the official reveal of the upcoming Collection Event, Aguirre shared six images on his personal Twitter account showcasing upcoming legendary weapon skins for the Hemlock assault rifle, the Mastiff shotgun, the CAR submachine gun, the Bocek Bow, the Havoc assault rifle, and the Longbow marksman rifle. In a similar fashion to previous Collection Event cosmetics collections, each weapon skin shared by Aguirre has what you could describe as a 'matching' legend skin. This means that both the weapon skin and the legend skin share design cures and an overall theme - so, you can match them up if you're lucky enough to get your hands on both. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event release time countdown Apex Legends' Control mode returns soon with some new improvements Apex Legends Lifeline buff gives her healing drone infinite HP Awakening Collection EventJun 16, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsAwaken your Legend’s power in an epic battle. Who will win? The mechs or the monsters? Choose your side in the Awakening Collection Event! Control Mode returns for a limited time with World’s Edge joining the rotation for the first time. Head east on Olympus to rest up at Lifeline’s Clinic in her new Town Takeover, but beware: you might not be the only squad wanting a checkup. Unlock new Legendary skins for Horizon, Mad Maggie, Fuse, Loba and more, and collect all 24 event-limited items to automatically receive Valkyrie’s new Heirloom: the Suzaku! Learn more about Apex Legends: Saviors: http://x.ea.com/73331Apex Legends' Control mode returns soon with some new improvementsJun 16, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends' Control limited time mode is returning once again, and players will be glad to see the Respawn's respawn mode respawning once again. Control will be re-added alongside the Awakening Collection Event on June 21, but it comes with some much-needed improvements. Respawn says that matchmaking for Control has had a bit of a spruce up, so you should no longer be heading into matches with uneven teams. Time limits for matches are back, and there's also "new logic for determining when the match should end" to stop them from wrapping up too early. It's the actual gameplay changes though that players will be really interested in. For a start, you'll actually keep your fully charged ultimate on respawn if you are gunned down before you can use it. Also, those hold-your-hand outlines for enemy players are gone - you've actually got to use your eyes (or a Bloodhound ult) to see players now. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends Lifeline buff gives her healing drone infinite HP Apex Legends patch notes - what's new in Season 13? Apex Legends ranked changes are coming with the next collection eventJun 16, 2022 - The Loadout16/06/2022 16:20 These leaks have now been confirmed by Respawn. The article has been updated to reflect this. When Apex Legends Season 13 started, the battle royale's players were treated to an overhaul of the game's ranking system. The update, which has been dubbed Ranked Reloaded, saw changes to the assist timer duration and behaviour, kill RP values, entry costs, and ranked tier demotions. While quite a few players have seen this as a positive change, it has ultimately proven divisive, with claims that it's harder to maintain your rank - let alone climb the Apex Legends ranks. Thankfully, it looks like that's going to be a little easier. Recent Apex Legends leaks suggest that more changes are coming to Season 13's Ranked Reloaded update soon. These leaks have now been confirmed. As reported initially by Dexerto, "reliable leaker" 'AG420' has revealed that Apex Legends' development team are planning to release another update to the battle royale's ranked system alongside the next Collection Event - you can find out about the Awakening Collection Event release date right here. The changes being made have now been confirmed to be primarily focused on the ranked mode's entry costs - with each division and tier now having an entry cost that's been lowered by 10 RP. There's also going to be improved RP for higher elimination counts to look forward to, as well. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends' Control mode returns soon with some new improvements Apex Legends Lifeline buff gives her healing drone infinite HP Apex Legends Lifeline buff gives her healing drone infinite HPJun 16, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends' dedicated Lifeline fanbase just keep winning, don't they? Following Lifeline's starring role in the Stories From The Outlands short "Family Business", Respawn Entertainment has just revealed a huge Lifeline buff is due to arrive alongside the Awakening Collection Event release date - which is closer than you think. What's really exciting about this Apex Legends Lifeline buff is the fact that it actually gives Lifeline's healing drone, D.O.C., infinite health. Yes, you read that correctly. D.O.C. is going to be indestructable from now on. It still lasts 20 seconds, but you no-longer have to worry about it being blown to smithereens in the heat of battle - D.O.C. is tough as nails now. If you're worried that that's it, fear not. There's so much more to this Lifeline buff than that - even if it doesn't look that way when you check out the Apex Legends patch notes on the Apex Legends blog. Lifeline's healing drone now has a doubled healing radius, and players can opt to cancel the automated revive from Lifeline's Combat Revive ability. Although, we're not completely sure why you would do that... Well, unless you're trying to desperately crawl away from gunfire. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends' Control mode returns soon with some new improvements Apex Legends patch notes - what's new in Season 13? Apex Legends Awakening collection event start date, trailers, and moreJun 16, 2022 - The LoadoutIt's safe to say that, once again, Apex Legends players are in for a treat. Why do we say this? Well, Respawn Entertainment has just announced that the Awakening Collection Event is coming to Apex Legends - and it's presenting battle royale players the perfect thing to do between now and the start of Season 14. If you want to know when the Awakening Collection Event release date is, keep reading - we'll fill you in on all the deets. Alongside the usual offerings of an Apex Legends Collection Event, the skins and the reward tracker, players can look forward to the long-awaited return of the Control LTM. Yes, Control is finally back once again - and this time there's going to be important matchmaking improvements. Yeah, that Awakening Collection Event release date needs to hurry up, right? In addition to this, the ranked entry cost changes leaked earlier have been confirmed alongside numerous quality of life updates across the board. If you think Apex is getting a bit stale, this should certainly buck things up before the next major update. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event weapon skins shown off by dev Apex Legends' Control mode returns soon with some new improvements Apex Legends Lifeline buff gives her healing drone infinite HP New Apex Legends cinematic gives us a glimpse of Lifeline's backstory, and Octane's faceJun 15, 2022 - VG247Lifeline doesn’t get a lot of love compared to most of the cast of Apex Legends. Not only are they one of the original cast, and have kind of fallen into the background thanks to flashier, more exciting characters, but they aren’t particularly good either. However, there’s some hope for the trusty support, as we’ve gotten a new Stories from the Outlands cinematic where she, alongside childhood friend Octane, go on a medicine heist and overcome some parental expectation all while dodging bullets and explosions. Fun stuff. Going in, you’d expect some deep dives into character motivation for joining up in the Apex Games, as well as an entertaining show for any and all invested in the narrative threads that weave between the battle royale, comics, and other scattered lore across the internet. However, what you may not have expected is a first ever look at Octane’s face. Read more Apex Legends™ EA Play* "Win Together" Loading ScreenJun 14, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsLaunch Apex Legends from June 14–July 11,, 2022, and the Loading Screen will be auto-granted onto your account upon login. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38098458/6642bfec7a15b067ea0482725cd8b2f15907d89b.png Join EA Play to make your games more rewarding with access to great player benefits and a library of top titles. Members get more from your game including monthly member-only rewards like Loading Screens and Weapon Charms in Apex Legends. And when it’s time to find your next favorite game, we’ve got you covered with an ever-expanding library of our fan-favorite series and premium games. You can even try out select new release games for up to 10 hours of playtime with no commitment. If you decide to buy, your saved progress will carry over, so you can continue where you left off. Our members also save on purchases of EA digital content, with a 10% member discount. 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While we recently saw a return to international LAN events in May with the ALGS Split 2 Playoffs in Sweden, the Championship will mark the first time a team will be crowned as an Apex Legends world champion - and it'll be happening in front of thousands of fans. It's an exciting prospect for players, organisations, fans, and also those who work behind the scenes on the Apex Legends Global Series, including the competition's commissioner, John Nelson. Prior to this week's announcement that the ALGS Champs will be heading to Raleigh, we got the chance to fire over some questions to Nelson about the event, what the team learned from the Playoffs in Sweden (which had a few rocky moments in the build up), and whether EA's vision of three LANs on three continents may be realised next season in Year 3 of the ALGS. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends pro completes solo ranked climb using just snipers Apex Legends' 2022 ALGS Championship will have a live audience Apex Legends' Lifeline pick rate more than Newcastle's for first time Apex Legends pro completes solo ranked climb using just snipersJun 7, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends' ranked mode is a tough enough gauntlet as it is, but for some of the battle royale's top players, hitting Master or even holding on to an illustrious Apex Predator rank just doesn't push them hard enough. One Apex pro has just completed one of the latest crazy ranked challenges by climbing from Bronze to Master as a solo queuer - but only using sniper rifles. Danish pro player Mikkel 'Mande' Hestbek, who currently plays for SCARZ in the Apex Legends Global Series, finished off one of the toughest Apex Legends ranked challenges we've seen in a while on June 7. Telling his chat that he was simply "bored of playing normal ranked" matches, Mande has honed his skills as a marksman to snipe his way up to Master rank, all while solo queuing too. While he was clearly exhausted and done with this challenge when that Diamond 1 icon finally flicked over to Master, the Dane clearly enjoyed having an extra layer of difficulty to this ranked climb. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends' 2022 ALGS Championship will have a live audience Apex Legends' Lifeline pick rate more than Newcastle's for first time Apex Legends might be getting weapon stickers like Warzone Apex Legends' 2022 ALGS Championship will have a live audienceJun 6, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends is easily one of the most popular battle royale games out there right now - and for a lot of good reasons. One of those good reasons is the fact that it has such an exciting competitive scene, with the Apex Legends Global Series Championship being the pinnacle. It's just been officially revealed that the Championships for year two of the ALGS will be coming to Raleigh, North Carolina, and yes: there will be a live audience. The ALGS Year 2 Championship will be held between July 7 and July 10 in the PNC Arena where 40 squads from five regions will compete for a whopping $2,000,000 prize pool and the all-important ALGS Championship title. "With an Apex community of over 100 million unique players worldwide, the recent launch of Apex Mobile, and the growth of our competitive ecosystem, which continues to break franchise and EA esports viewership records, we're hopeful the ALGS Championship will set another major benchmark for the franchise and further position Apex Legends among the top echelon of esports," John Nelson, the commissioner of the Apex Legends Global Series, tells The Loadout. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends pro completes solo ranked climb using just snipers Apex Legends' Lifeline pick rate more than Newcastle's for first time Apex Legends might be getting weapon stickers like Warzone Один из краснодарских компьютерных клубов закрыл доступ к Apex Legends из-за баннера в поддержку ЛГБТJun 4, 2022 - Gamemag.ruАдминистрация одного из краснодарских компьютерных клубов приняла решение удалить со всех устройств популярную условно-бесплатную королевскую битву Apex Legends, передает телеканал «360». Более того, клуб позволил себе оскорбительное высказывание, заявив, что в эту игру могут играть только «опущенные» люди. Apex Legends' Lifeline pick rate more than Newcastle's for first timeJun 1, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends players are spoilt for choice when it comes to playable legends, however, Respawn Entertainment's battle royale does not have many support legends. In fact, for a long time, there was only one option: Lifeline. This all changed at the start of Season 13, though, when Newcastle was introduced. His addition to the roster shook up the meta, along with our Apex Legends tier list, and he instantly became the number one support legend. Newcastle's popularity saw Lifeline's pick rate tumble dramatically - there was a new number one support legend in town. Now though, it appears that the natural order is being restored; Lifeline's pick rate has climbed above Newcastle's for the first time since his introduction. Days after Newcastle was introduced to the Apex Legends roster, Lifeline's pick rate hit an all-time low. Looking at the data gathered by Apex Legends Status - a site that tracks pick-rates, average ranks, and more - it can be seen that Lifeline was only picked by roughly 3.8% of players. To put this into perspective, Lifeline's average pick rate has been declining for some time - however, she was sitting at an average of around 5% prior to Newcastle's introduction in Season 13. When she was at her lowest, Newcastle was at his highest - boasting a pick rate of over 10%. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends might be getting weapon stickers like Warzone Apex Legends' bleed effect bug tanking battle royale frame rates Apex Legends dev thinks battle royale would benefit from test servers Apex Legends might be getting weapon stickers like WarzoneMay 30, 2022 - The LoadoutApex Legends players have a lot of ways to express themselves in-game thanks to the game's wide range of weapon charms, legend skins, holo-sprays, and more. While there are quite a few cosmetics in the battle royale shooter, there could always be more - and it seems as though Respawn Entertainment think that, too. Why? Well, a recent datamine has revealed information that suggests Apex Legends is getting weapon stickers in the future - a little like what you'd see in Call of Duty Warzone. Apex Legends YouTuber 'HyperMyst' recently uploaded a video offering a short glimpse of datamined weapon stickers in Apex Legends - both the raw image files and the stickers plastered all over in-game weapons. Of course, it's hard to tell if these are legitimate or not - but they look it (and we think weapon stickers are a fantastic idea). The Apex Legends weapon stickers HyperMyst has offered us a look at showcase cartoonish chibi designs of Apex Legends' roster of characters. Those represented include Bloodhound, Wraith, Mirage, Octane, Wattson, and Horizon - among other designs. If Apex Legends' past with cosmetics is anything to go by, we could see a healthy selection of weapon stickers introduced through each in-game event and update - just like weapon charms and holo-sprays. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends' Lifeline pick rate more than Newcastle's for first time Apex Legends' bleed effect bug tanking battle royale frame rates Apex Legends dev thinks battle royale would benefit from test servers Apex Legends' bleed effect bug tanking battle royale frame ratesMay 26, 2022 - The LoadoutIt's safe to say that there are quite a few reasons why Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royale games out there right now. One of those reasons is the fact that there's just so much going on in Respawn Entertainment's battle royale shooter. If you're someone who suffers frame rate drops in-game in the thick of a fight, we might know why that is. One player has identified that the Apex Legends bleed effect (which appears on-screen when you take damage) is actually the cause of the issues - at least for them. Taking to Reddit to ask for help, 'Reasonable-Law-9737' has shared a number of screenshots showing a frame rate drop of 10fps or more when the "low health overlay" (which we're calling the bleed effect) appears on-screen. The initial numbers they offer up are from a standing position in Apex Legends' firing range. However, they report higher frame rate drops when this effect occurs while sprinting and "even bigger numbers" while in-game, as you can imagine. The Reddit user rightfully states that this is essentially punishing players who take damage in a fight while playing on lower-spec hardware - as they can't fight back as effectively. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends might be getting weapon stickers like Warzone Apex Legends dev thinks battle royale would benefit from test servers Apex Legends' Newcastle popularity sees Lifeline pick rate tumble Apex Legends is the First Game to Top Fortnite 10 Days in a Row on TwitchFeb 13, 2019 - GitHypWith a growing list of failed battle royale games that at one point had thriving player bases and viewer numbers, Epic’s Fortnite looked to continue its dominance in 2019 with no real competition in sight… that is, until the creators of Titanfall dropped in last week out of nowhere with Apex Legends. Last year, many believed triple-A military shooters, Call of Duty and Battlefield, could take over the battle royale genre in 2019. But with the hype for both now at an all-time low, EA and Respawn's brilliant marketing strategy, improved BR mechanics, and free-to-play format have resulted in Apex Legends becoming the most successful new game since Fortnite. Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was actually the first game to take attention away from Fortnite for a whole week during the end of 2018; peaking with 508k concurrent viewers on Twitch and holding the #1 position for 8 days in a row. But unlike Black Ops 4, which saw its viewer base decline by 66% in its first week, Apex Legends has kept the interest of top streamers and its viewer base has grown over time -- keeping it in the #1 position on Twitch for a record-breaking 10 days in a row. Yesterday’s first-ever tournament for the game was Apex Legends' biggest day yet with a peak of 670k concurrent viewers during Twitch Rivals where team Kings Canyon’s Ninja, King Richard, and Dizzy took home the W. Compared to the game’s peak viewer count of 486k viewers on its launch day, Apex Legends has since seen viewership rise by 38%; which is a great sign that Apex could have some serious staying power at the top, especially when considering the hype for most new games usually fades away by their second week on Twitch. Player counts for Apex Legends also seem to be aligning once again with viewers' interest on Twitch. Respawn’s CEO, Vince Zampella, announced that the game broke 10 million unique players and 1 million concurrent players just 72 hours after launching. And just 4 days after his first announcement, Zampella also revealed that Apex Legends has already more than doubled that number with 25 million unique players and well over 2 million concurrent players at its peak. Seeing Apex Legends grow so quickly is reminiscent of Fornite’s meteoric rise after Epic shifted their focus to the battle royale genre. Unfortunately, at the moment all we have are official announcements from Respawn regarding the game’s continued growth... So for now, viewership on Twitch is currently our best indicator of the current state of the game, and as long as it keeps increasing at the top of Twitch, it's safe to say that the player counts are too.