The Apex Legends datamining leaks that have made headlines over the past few weeks aren't necessarily as accurate as they might seem. Developer Respawn Entertainment's community manager took to Reddit yesterday to caution fans about putting too much stock in any datamined leaks, suggesting that none of them are confirmation of future content and to temper expectations as a result.
Apex Legends is growing faster than Fortnite and has quickly become one of the biggest launches of 2019, but Respawn has been struggling to keep many of the game's planned updates under wraps. Leaks regarding the new Legend Octane, who has since appeared in advertising material for the game's season 1 battle pass, appear to be true, however. Even Apex Legends map leaked a whole 11 months before the game released, although nobody believed the source material at the time. To say that Apex Legends can't keep a secret at this point would be a vast understatement.
That's why community manager Jayfresh_Respawn appeared on the Apex Legends subreddit yesterday to clarify some of the rumors that are circulating around the internet due to the datamining leaks. Jayfresh stated that details on Season 1, the Battle Pass tied to it, and the next Legend would be coming soon, and then dove into the developer's stance on datamining:
"There's lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet. We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth. There's stuff in there that is very old, or things we've tried in the past and cut--[sic] remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas--[sic] and some of it may be things we're still building for Apex Legends. Finding this stuff by no means confirms that it'll ever come out. At best you should treat any posts about this as a rumor and the real info will come from us when we're ready to show off what's coming next."
While Respawn is certainly interested in protecting its future content releases, there's also a lot of logic behind what the studio is preaching regarding the datamined leaks. The most important notion seems to be that Apex Legends has a lot of leftover code from elements that the studio tried and then cut during the design process. Just because characters or game design elements are embedded in the code doesn't mean they'll make it into the final cut, and it might be less evidence of what Respawn is looking toward in the future and more remnants of the game's past iterations.
The statement certainly brings the reliability of some of the content leaks into question. In particular, leaks that have suggested Titans from Titanfall may appear in Apex Legends should especially be treated with caution - given that the game was likely produced out of the code that was originally for Titanfall 3, or at least uses some of its assets, the existence of Titans in Apex Legends data could very well be artifacts of what the game used to be. For now, the best policy appears to be the one Jayfresh preaches, treating none of these leaks as fact and instead waiting for official Respawn info releases before getting too attached to any potential Apex Legends updates.