Although we already knew some details about the Wild Frontier battle pass in terms of cost and rewards, the patch notes delve into the nitty gritty. Despite initial excitement, Respawn has already had to defend Apex Legends’ relatively simple approach to Battle Pass compared to Fortnite’s offerings, so a complex look might help assuage fears that the developer is skimping on the latest update.
Highlights from the patch notes, shared by Respawn via Reddit, include a rundown of newcomer Octane’s abilities. The previously leaked Legend sports a Passive skill that lets him heal while not taking damage (+1 health every 2 seconds). Octane’s Tactical Stim increases his movement speed at the cost of health, but increases his resistance to slowdown attacks. Finally, Octane’s Ultimate lets him deploy jump pads launch characters across the sky.
Respawn has finally implemented a reporting feature for cheating and abusive players as well. People can report offending players either from the spectate view after dying or when viewing team Banner Cards in the Squad menu. Some bugs that have been squashed in the update include Pathfinder’s zipline failing to deploy when jumping, the ability to shoot while downed, and getting disconnected when unplugging a controller.
Quality of life includes d-pad navigation for menus and increased input customization. For example, players can now swap the actions of the bumpers/triggers on controllers. The much-touted hitbox issue has been addressed with better adjusted boxes for Gibraltar, Caustic, and Pathfinder. One neat addition is Apex Legends’ newly added support for Razer Chroma peripherals. Razer’s line of illuminated keyboards will now shine certain colors in reaction to actions performed in game. An example is that the keys will shine the same the color as the player’s skydiving smoke trail. Colors will also flash when an Ultimate is ready, change when firing or taking damage, and more.
The full patch notes can be read on the next page of this article. Wild Frontier represents Respawn's first major step in turning the already stellar Apex Legends into a game worth sticking with for the long haul. As the battle royale scene continues to heat up, it'll be intriguing to see how Season 1 performs and what future Seasons look like after it.