Meet Fade, Apex Legends’ latest hero. He is a phase-powered mercenary who, like Tracer Overwatch, can rewind time together with his tactical capacity, ship allies and enemies to an alternate dimension together with his ult, and features a pace enhance after sliding. He additionally has a cranium masks ripped straight out of Name of Responsibility and, oh, proper, he in all probability will not ever be playable on PC or console.
That is the large factor. Ought to’ve opened with that.
Apex Legends launched its cellular version correct this week after a months-long soft-launch, which has been developed partially by Tencent’s Lightspeed Studios. Apex Cellular has being constructed from the ground-up on a brand new engine, with its personal options and modes (a surprisingly extra concerned firing vary and workforce deathmatch amongst them). However the recreation’s launch trailer additionally quietly simply dropped the sport’s first cellular Legend.
Wording from Respawn has fluctuated between “mobile-first” and “mobile-exclusive”, although official phrase is that there are presently no plans to deliver Fade to PC. In response to Dotesports, his equipment was designed particularly for cellular, and would require a big rework to make the bounce to the primary recreation.
That mobile-specific design does not simply appear to map to his mechanics, both. Apex Cellular goes for a brand new viewers, and Fade’s visible look feels a bit extra generic, to the purpose that he is already being confused for a personality from Hello-Rez Studio’s Rogue Firm.
Shoutout to Fade’s character design being so “Shooter Man” that Polygon mistook Chaac from Rogue Firm for Fade and put an image of him of their article protecting the discharge of Apex Cellular 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/PjJJBFUMjpMay 16, 2022
Respawn hasn’t written off bringing Fade (or future cellular legends) to PC totally. However the brand new man arrived with none of the same old fanfare of present Legends—Newcastle, for instance, had a complete season of story buildup and two lore movies to inform us who he was and why we should always care earlier than arriving with a truck filled with shields this season.
Fade is only a man in an edgy masks who says “surging ahead!” each 15 seconds. Perhaps, maybe, Apex’s handheld legends will make it to the primary recreation sometime. I simply hope that once they do, they do not really feel like haphazard additions to a roster that takes nice care to make every character really feel like half of a bigger household.