Adding a dash of danger
Apex Legends players who find actual matches to be less-than-conducive to learning and improving in the game were likely glad to have the newly-revamped Firing Range for practice but those same players may be a little dismayed with developer Respawn Entertainment’s plans to change the area in Apex’s next big patch, set for December 3.
Respawn may have shown mercy to those players (myself included) who find it a bit of a stress to familiarize themselves with Apex’s guns and mechanics while in an actual match. That said, they’ve announced that the Firing Range will soon be updated to add live-fire to the area; meaning that friendly fire will be activated in the range, allowing players to kill each other whether in an organized 1v1 or a more-likely incident of harmless griefing.
Allowing players to load into Firing Range together and inflict damage on one-another will hopefully make practicing more effective, with actual combat likely to provide a better experience that shooting targets and dummies.
The update will also bring several quality-of-life improvements to Apex Legends, including giving players the option of whether or not to automatically exit the looting screen of a box when taking damage, and automatically switching the health/shield item slot from a healing item to a shield cell once health is full. There will also be small changes made to object colours to improve the colourblind experience.
An increased level cap and new cosmetics will also be introduced, which we've detailed in a separate article here.
The 3.1 patch near the start of November also finally brought a Duo's mode to Apex, but the availability period of the mode has now ended. Respawn has not announced plans to reintroduce the mode in the next big patch.
In other Respawn news, Titanfall 2 has recently been announced as one of December's PlayStation Plus games, alongside Monster Energy Supercross - The Offical Game.
What do you think about the addition of live fire to the firing range? Think this will improve the quality of play in Apex Legends? Let us know in the comments below