Octane will boast some sort of “Stimpack” ability. In Titanfall 2, “stims” quickly heal the user and boost their speed. Apex Legends' hero “Lifeline” is already a combat medic, so Octane’s ability may focus more on speed.
Data miners were also able to discover the names of other potential heroes or weapons. These names include: Crypto, Husaria, Jericho, Nomad, Prophet, Rampart, Rosie, Skunner. If these names do indeed refer to future heroes, they would more than double the current Apex Legends hero roster.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game from the makers of Titanfall. Within a week the game reportedly attracted 25 million players and more viewers on Twitch than Fortnite. Respawn Entertainment has been working hard to keep their players happy. This past week they banned more than 16,000 cheaters and put in place a system where players can report issues. The game is so popular that Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings has been speaking to EA about distributing the game in China.
Apex Legends' explosive success has not shielded it from controversy. Many players have complained that cosmetic skins are too expensive, especially in comparison to other Apex Legends items. At the moment, a weapon skin costs $11 USD, while players can unlock the heroes Caustic and Mirage for a mere $7.50. 1,000 “Apex Coins” costs $10 USD, so players would need to buy two packs of 1,000 Apex coins to purchase a skin.
Scraping strings off the audio files reveals audio for two new legends, and their abilities, Wattson has a Tesla Trap and Octane has a Stimpack. #ApexLegends #Leaks (btw all legends have a wallrun entry, nothing big there) pic.twitter.com/w0aj9MXALX— Shrugtal (@shrugtal) February 15, 2019
Some are worried that these imbalanced microtransactions are a sign of things to come. EA has a history of poorly handling microtransactions in games like Star Wars Battlefront II. Thankfully, Apex Legend’s microtransaction kinks can be easily fixed. Red Dead Online experienced a similar situation when it was initially released and its developers sorted out the issue. Let us hope that any problems in Apex Legends are also quickly fixed and that its developers will release new content in the future.