A new Apex Legends update is available to download today on PS4, Xbox One and PC, bringing with it the new Grand Soiree event.
Starting today, Apex fans have access to a range of new modes and activities that are set to run for the next two weeks. And this should keep everyone busy until the launch of Apex Legends Season 4.
The Grand Soiree event is set to run until January 28 and is expected to end around the same time it went live, so gamers will probably have until 6pm, GMT, to unlock all the new cosmetic stuff.
One big change in the new Apex Legends event schedule is that there will be around seven limited time modes, some of which will be going live every two days or so.
“You are cordially invited to two weeks of refined mayhem,” a message from developers Respawn Entertainment explains
“We are pleased to offer fresh game modes every two days, from golden oldies to exotic new additions. Partake in a rollicking event prize track, earn exquisite rewards, and peruse the event shop for an array of Art Deco inspired cosmetics and outfits. Dress code: Formal Skins.”
This effectively means that game modes will only be available for a very limited time, incentivising gamers to log on every day to check out what new stuff has been added.
The full Apex Legends event schedule has been released and includes the following:
- 1/14 to 1/15 – GOLD RUSH DUOS – Gold Weapons only with you and a friend.
- 1/16 to 1/17 – LIVE.DIE.LIVE – Automatically respawn on living squadmates when the ring closes.
- 1/18 to 1/19 – THIRD-PERSON MODE – A classic out-of-body experience.
- 1/20 to 1/21 – ALWAYS BE CLOSING – Keep on the move, avoiding big damage from a ring that won’t slow down.
- 1/22 to 1/23 – ARMED AND DANGEROUS ON WORLD’S EDGE – Shotguns and Sniper Rifles with limited armour.
- 1/24 to 1/25 – NIGHT GAME ON KINGS CANYON – Play on Kings Canyon at Night.
- 1/26 to 1/28 – DUMMIES BIG DAY – This game ain’t gonna test itself.
Being a full Apex Legends update, today’s patch notes also contain the other big changes made to the game, including bug fixes and meta changes.
A change to energy mags is one of the more notable tweaks made by Respawn, with the removal of the extended kind expected to make big waves among the community.
It appears to be part of something planned for the Season 4 release date, although details remain limited for now.
“We know that the removal of energy mags seems a bit odd, but it will make much more sense with the release of Season 4,” a message from Respawn adds.
“It takes a while to make the bigger changes you see in the new season updates, and we generally make sure to filter out these changes from preceding mid-season updates. This time we made a mistake and shipped a change that wasn’t intended to go live until Season 4.”
You can find full patch notes from today’s (January 14) Apex Legends update listed below.
APEX LEGENDS PATCH NOTES
GRAND SOIREE EVENT
- Limited-Time Mode Arcade – Experience a different limited-time mode every two days, including familiar favorites and new additions
- Introduction of Event Prize Track – Complete challenges to rack up Arcade points and earn increasingly prestigious rewards throughout the event
- Direct Purchase Event Shop – Featuring exclusive Art Deco inspired cosmetics and other new additions to the core loot pool
Fixes for various script and code errors that were causing crashes.
Fixed a bug where the out of bounds timer would not display when perching on top of some buildings in Capitol City.
Fix for cases we saw where players would receive a client error when fighting Wattson.
Fixed issue with Octane’s “Laughing Fool” skin blocking player vision when using the 1x Holo Sight.
Fixed issue where players could get into unintentional hiding spots in the Train tunnels and around multiple buildings on the map.
Fixed bug where the mini map was showing an incorrect view of the landscape east of the Sorting Factory and Capitol City.
Fixed bug where the trajectory line wouldn’t appear when trying to aim ordnance.
Fixes for cases where the final circle was ending in a bad location.
Fixed an issue with the Ghouls and Ghost Peacekeeper skin not displaying the correct animation in game.
Fixed the bug where a squadmate selects a character in Legend Select and the Legend is not displaying the skin that is currently equipped by the player.
LEGEND BUG FIXES
Fixed a bug where if anyone picks up gold shields while inside of a Gibraltar dome shield they will receive 63% faster healing when it should stay at 50%
Fixed a couple bugs with Bloodhound Passive skill: players could not see timers when looking at enemy tracks [clues] and tracks would expire 30 seconds sooner than expected .
Fixed bug where Wraith could take damage from Thermite ordnance while using her Tactical or Ultimate abilities.
Fixed visual bug for when Crypto first drops into game, the Drone UI reports that it is “recharging” (as if it has been destroyed pre-drop), but progress does not complete / progress.
Fix for Wattson’s Ultimate to prevent being able to deploy an Interceptor Pylon through walls.
Removed the bonus move speed Into the Void and Dimensional Rift at the same time. Wraith will now move at their combined movement speed when they are both activated.
Increased cooldown for Into the Void: 25 seconds -> 35 seconds.
Drone and EMP improvements.
Surveillance Drone increased the health 1 -> 30.
EMP no longer affects friendly traps/deployables.
EMP no longer slows friendlies.
CHANGE TO ENERGY MAGS
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