Apex Legends Season 4: Assimilation will add plenty of new content to Respawn’s battle royale, including a brand-new sniper rifle. Though datamined assets and recent gameplay changes seemed to hint that Titanfall 2’s Volt SMG would be the next weapon added to Apex Legends, Respawn revealed the new weapon is actually the Sentinel.
“The Sentinel is a new sniper rifle–it’s a bolt action sniper rifle,” Apex Legends design director Jason McCord said in the Season 4 Reveal Devstream. “So it feels really powerful, it’s got that cool animation where you cock it back, and it’s a little different than our other sniper rifles because it has a charge mechanic.”
Given that Season 3: Meltdown already added a sniper rifle that requires charging, the Charge Rifle, it’s not immediately clear how the Sentinel differentiates itself–though it seems like the new weapon will behave similarly to a Triple-Take or Peacekeeper that has a Precision Choke attachment equipped. “Don’t wanna go too deep on [the charge mechanic] right now but it does give you a little more decision-making to do whenever you’re taking those shots.” McCord said. “Do you really want to try and take the most powerful shot you can take right now?”
Follow-up comments from Apex Legends community manager Jay Frechette seem to support the idea that the Sentinel is a sniper rifle that can fire quick but weak shots or a charged but slow single shot without the need for any attachments. “I’ve enjoyed playing with [the Sentinel] a lot as well,” he said. “It has that neat twist of almost having another fire mode.”
Respawn community coordinator Jason Garza also noted the fun he’s been having with it, responding to a Reddit thread about a previous leak that mistakenly included a shot of the Sentinel. “Lol, I’ve been quiet about this one, but I messed up when I was capturing a Crypto finisher and it shipped with that weapon showing,” he wrote. “But then I was like, meh. I’ll let you guys have fun figuring it out. Gotta say, you all didn’t disappoint. But this weapon is amazing, favorite gun for me ATM. Can’t wait for you guys to use it.”
Season 4: Assimilation will also see the return of Kings Canyon and the addition of a brand-new playable character, Forge. Assimilation begins on February 4.
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Baldur’s Gate 3 Enters Early Access Later This Year
The highly anticipated sequel will be playable before the year is out.
Larian Studios and Baldur’s Gate 3 is a combination that quite a few people have been salivating over ever since the game’s announcement was made. The greatest cRPG developer in the industry right now making a sequel to one of the greatest cRPG properties of all time? Yes, please. Not surprisingly, anticipation for the game’s release has been quite high, and though there’s no word on when that release will be, it turns out Baldur’s Gate 3 will be made playable to the masses later this year thanks to an early access launch.
During an event for the investors at the New York Toy Fair (via Bell of Lost Souls), Hasbro – parent company of Wizards of the Coast, who, in turn, are the owners of the Dungeons & Dragons and Baldur’s Gate licenses – spoke about all that they have in the pipeline for D&D content in the coming few years. The company confirmed that they’d be releasing one D&D-based RPG every year up until 2025. More importantly though, they also stated that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be launching in early access later this year.
Larian’s previous game, the incredible Divinity: Original Sin 2, was also in early access for a whole year before its 1.0 launch, and gave players access to a chunk of the game’s story content. It proved to be a successful model for the game, and it’s not surprising that they are eyeing the same for Baldur’s Gate 3 as well. If they stick to that same timeline, that would mean that the game would be out some time in 2021- though that, of course, isn’t something that’s been officially confirmed in any capacity.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently confirmed for a launch on PC and Stadia. Larian are calling it the biggest RPG they’ve ever made, which is really saying something. They will be doing a full-fledged gameplay reveal for the title at PAX East on February 27.