Apex Legends – Update 1.73Published July 4, 2021
The most recent update for Apex Legends added new content, made quality-of-life improvements, fixed bugs, and made changes in order to balance both legends and weapons.
Just as a recap, Apex Legends is currently in its 9th Season. We’re around the midpoint now, as the season began on May 4th and ends on August 3rd. Based on the latest update, we think things are going really well, despite some momentary hiccups at launch. This update covers a huge range of territory.
The new Genesis Collection Event is the best place for us to start. This event will last from June 29th to July 13th, and there may be some rewards that are limited time, so you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. For simply participating, all players are given the Genesis music pack for free. Prizes start to be won after accruing 250 points, and more prizes are won at increasing intervals to a maximum of 5000 points, which would earn the player a Legendary EVA-8 Auto skin. Other rewards include an Epic Badge, a Rare Loading Screen, the Chatsworth Roll, Sly Fox, and Samurai Nessy weapon charms, Rare Stat Trackers, an Epic Wattson skin, and a Legendary Charge Rifle skin.
Next, there were quite a few changes made to improve the balance of Legends, affecting Octane, Revenant, Lifeline, Wattson, and Bloodhound. The following list covers the details:
- Bloodhound – The scan reveals time for ‘Eye of the Allfather’ was reduced by 1 second, and the duration of ‘Beast of the Hunt’ was decreased by 5 seconds.
- Lifeline – The size of her hitbox was increased, mostly in the legs and waist.
- Octane – Cooldown for ‘Launch Pad’ was increased by 30 seconds.
- Revenant – The size of his hitbox was decreased, the climbing height of ‘Stalker’ was significantly increased, while the duration of both ‘Silence’ and ‘Death Totem’ was reduced by 5 seconds.
- Wattson – She can now place up to 20 Nessies on the map with her epic emote.
Some weapons also received some rebalancing. The P2020 has its fire rate increased along with its base ammo, the Hip Fire spread of the Spitfire was increased, the projectile speed for the 30-30 Repeater was increased, and the Longbow’s damage was increased from 55 to 60.
Quite a few changes were made in the Arena to the prices of both weapons and legendary abilities. The price for the RE-45 and R-99 was reduced by 50, while the EVA-8, Volt, Spitfire, and G7 Scout prices increased by 50. The price of the L-STAR was increased by 100, and the Mastiff’s price was decreased by 100. As for abilities, Crypto’s ‘Drone EMP’ and ‘Surveillance Drone’ have both had their price decreased by 100 and 50 respectively, while Revenant’s ‘Death Totem’ also had its price decreased by 100. The price of Fuse’s ‘Knuckle Cluster’ was cut by half down to 75.
Finally, there were over 50 bugs and other issues that were fixed. Some of the more interesting bugs that were fixed include a bug that caused Wraith’s portal to improperly appear to be open after a player entered it just before it closes, another bug that caused the Nessies that Wattson leaves behind with her epic emote to fall out dead when using a Legendary skin. A very rare bug that was fixed includes one that allowed players to use a Shield Battery even when shields are full. Finally, the Colorblind accessibility setting should now correctly affect the color of enemy HP bars.
Apex Legends is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.