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10 Mar 2021

Everything We Know about The Apex Chaos Theory Event

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LATEST - Are You Gassed?

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Rollout Begins

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How Long Will The Event Run?

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Bug Fixes Are Coming

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Wattson's Controversy

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Rewards & Cosmetics

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Caustic Is Taking Over Treatment

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What Time It Goes Live

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Patch Notes Released

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Chaos Theory Event Trailer & Breakdown

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Release Date

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Cosmetics

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Trailer

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Challenges

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Permanent Solo Mode

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Nintendo Switch Version

The Apex Legends' Chaos Theory Event has officially arrived!

With new modes, skins, and more coming, there's plenty to take in.

Below we cover everything you need to know about the event and its massive update.

LATEST - Are You Gassed?

We know it hasn't been out too long, but how are you finding Apex Legends' Chaos Theory event so far?

One thing everyone is talking about is the new Bangalore Heirloom set. As the last original character to receive their Heirloom set, fans were excited to see what was in-store and it's safe to say Respawn Entertainment has delivered.

However, it isn't all fun and games. People are pretty divided on the new Announcer Voice that Respawn has added for this Chaos Theory event and Caustic Treatment isn't proving the instant hit people thought it might be.

What do you think about the changes? Are you hoping to get the new Heirloom set?

Rollout Begins

The wait is over, as the Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event is now rolling out on all platforms!

Apex Legends Chaos Theory Skins Grave Robber Caustic
GET IN LINE: The new Chaos Theory skins are in game now

For those looking to make the most out of the massive event and the many cosmetics it brings, it's show time.

How Long Will The Event Run?

The Chaos Theory Event will be live until March 23, so you've not got long to dive into the new content, which includes a Ring Fury Escalation Takeover.

We've got all the information you need to know on that here.

Bug Fixes Are Coming

The Chaos Theory update may be adding a lot to Apex Legends, but it's also taking away some pesky bugs!

Below we have a full list of the bug fixes coming, but if anything's missing it could be patched in after so fear not!

ibraltar

  • Corrected an issue with Gibraltar not getting hit registrations when simultaneously releasing ADS and shooting while his Gun Shield was up

Wraith

  • Wraith players can no longer cancel Into the Void by jumping at a wall
  • The New Skydive Emote will now work with Legendary Skins

Caustic

  • Fixed a bug that was causing Nox Gas to flicker for some players affected by it

Octane

  • Repeatedly using the same jump pad no longer disables double-jumps
  • Players are no longer allowed to “glide” along a wall after using the jump pad

Crypto

  • Crypto’s animation to bring out his Drone is no longer skippable by throwing a holospray
  • Crypto can no longer teleport to a replicator
  • Reloading the Mastiff and 30-30 will no longer be faster while in Crypto’s drone

Loba

  • Fixed a few areas Loba could teleport into that would get her stuck

Rampart

  • Players can no longer use Sheila to get under the world when placed too close to the Phase Runner in Olympus

Horizon

  • Fixed the Gravity Lift falling through the floor when used on the train tracks in World’s Edge’s Sorting Factory
  • Using a zipline after a Gravity Lift will no longer increase accuracy

Fuse

  • Motherload will now damage and destroy jump pads
  • When under a small enclosure, players will no longer be pushed out after using Motherload
  • Players can no longer double their grenades after looting a dead Fuse’s deathbox

Mastiff

  • Dropping and picking up the Mastiff will no longer cause it to be reloaded

3030 Repeater

  • Dropping and picking up the 30-30 will no longer cause it to be reloaded
  • 30-30 will now have spread deviation when ADS firing and jumping

MISC

  • Fixed a bug preventing Steam users from sending friend requests to each other
  • Usernames now update when a user swaps between the Origin Client to the Steam Client
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from creating or joining clubs due to their EA Account already being associated with another platform

Wattson's Controversy

It isn't the first time Respawn Entertainment have put their foot in it, but the recently added Wattson cosmetic has come under fire due to its links with colonialism.

The Charged Conquistador skin has been criticised by fans for its use of the term "conquistador" which has glaring overtones of racism, slavery, and much more.

Respawn Entertainment has elected to change this prior to, or immediately after, the launch of the Chaos Theory Event.

Rewards & Cosmetics

Like with any Collection Event, the Chaos Theory event that's on the way has two-sets of rewards for players to get their hands on.

Firstly, there are the Challenge Rewards which can be earned by collecting points from completing daily challenges.

You can check out what's in store for that below:

Apex Legends Chaos Theory event Rewards
REWARDS - Here's what's on offer during this Collection Event

Then, there's also the 24 themed event-limited cosmetics that are only available in Event Apex Packs or via purchase.

Does anything catch your eye? If you collect them all, you can get your hands on the Bangalore Heirloom set before it enters Heirloom Crafting after the event.

Caustic Is Taking Over Treatment

" When life gives you lemons, you can count on Caustic to turn it into toxic lemonade."

A Caustic Town Takeover is finally here and the edge-of-map Water Treatment is his location of choice.

Apex Legends Chaos Theory Event Caustic Town Treatment
GASSY - Caustic is trying to save King's Canyon, right?

This is a high loot area with a lot of environmental dangers to balance up the exciting new aspects of gameplay this will bring to King's Canyon.

Do you think Caustic Treatment is going to be a hot-spot for players during the Chaos Theory Event?

What Time It Goes Live

The Chaos Theory Event hasn't got an official release time just yet, but it'll likely go live around the time most Apex Legends updates do and when the Switch version releases.

We'll confirm as soon as we can, but it'll likely start at 13:00 ET/ 18:00 GMT on 9 March.

If that's not the exact time, it'll be around then, so keep your eyes peeled for the update on your system of choice.

Patch Notes Released

Ahead of the Chaos Theory event, Respawn Entertainment has released its patch notes, check them out below.

LEGEND UPDATES

Caustic

  • Nox Gas Grenade cooldown increased from 2.5 minutes to 3.5 minutes.
  • Nox Gas damages at a flat rate of 5hp per tick instead of ramping up from 6hp → 12hp.

Caustic is brutally effective at slowing down engagements. The entirety of his kit revolves around gas with a large area of effect, slow, vision obstruction, and direct health damage. It’s proven to be too oppressive in too many scenarios especially considering teammates can play in gas relatively unimpaired. Significantly reducing gas damage (without taking it away completely or having it affect armor instead) seems like a fair compromise that stays true to the character while making him less oppressive on the receiving end. We will be monitoring the data and gameplay closely. If these changes hit Caustic’s appeal or effectiveness too hard we will revisit accordingly.

Pathfinder

  • Removed Low Profile

Low Profile has been used as a balancing tool for both mobile and/or small legends. Although Path is still mobile, his hitbox is large. While his overall win rate and encounter win rate is by no means low, it’s hard to justify keeping Low Profile on a hitbox of his size.

Gibraltar

  • Removed 15% faster heal item usage while in Dome of Protection.

Horizon

  • Increased Black Hole cooldown from 2 minutes to 3 minutes

Revenant

  • Revenant’s Silence now disables Mirage’s cloaked revive & respawn as well as Octane’s Swift Mend.

Wattson

  • Wattson now has passive shield regen at 0.5 hp/s (half of Octane’s current health regen rate).

Rampart

  • Explosives damage Amped Cover normally, instead of inflicting 200 damage.
  • Explosives damage Sheila normally, instead of inflicting 175 damage.

Walls should be beefy and powerful once built. Before Rampart shipped, we were worried that her nests would be too oppressive and so we gave enemy players the option to quickly clear them out with grenades. This wasn't necessary, as it turns out, so we're removing increased damage from grenades against Amped Cover and Sheila.

WEAPON UPDATE

Weapon Optics

  • All gold AR and LMG default optics updated to 2x Bruiser.

Mastiff

  • Pellet damage decreased from 13 → 11. Fire rate increased from 1.0 → 1.1.

The goal of these changes are to place this weapon’s identity between the fast fire EVA-8 and the heavy hitting Peacekeeper. The Mastiff has consistently been dominant in close quarters combat given its forgiving spread pattern and high damage spikes with each shot. This change reduces that high damage potential in order to limit the amount of two pumps players experience on the receiving end.

Wingman

  • +1 bullet to every magazine size, including base.

Hemlok

  • Increased hip-fire spread.

The burst damage from the Hemlok's hip-fire was feeling a little too consistent for an AR that should excel at medium range. This change mitigates the Hemlok’s close quarters damage spikes that felt bad on the receiving end.

QUALITY OF LIFE CHANGES

  • Kings Canyon Loot - we’ve done a pass on the loot to bring up the quality across the map, while also maintaining a certain amount of loot after Mirage Voyage has flown away. 
    • The wooden shacks across the map should have a few more pieces each, and generally be a little higher quality.
    • Spotted Lake has been reduced to Medium Quality from High.
    • Crash Site has redistributed the loot in the area slightly. The amount stays the same, but the higher quality loot should be in the ship.
    • Caustic Treatment has more loot than Water Treatment, and it remains Hiqh Quality.
  • Locked Weapon Optic Swapping - For guns with fully locked attachment slots, like fully-kitted gold weapons and most crate weapons, you can now remove the optic and replace it with a different sight. This does not apply to the Kraber sniper rifle.
  • Assists have been added to the in-game HUD, next to kills. This was already present in Ranked and now has been added to unranked. Assists still don’t contribute to XP. This has replaced the Spectator “eye” icon.
  • Assists and Knocks have been added to your squad’s banners and will show at the end of a match.
  • Club names now appear on Match Summary and Champion screen if all players are part of the same club.
  • Items will no longer “stick” to Crafting Replicator when dropped on the Replicator.
  • Badge Progress - for badges that have longer amounts of progress, hovering over the badge will show you more information. For example, if you’re trying to get 50 wins as Lifeline, you’ll now see that you have 45 instead of somewhere between 15 and 50.
  • Ping My Deathbox - While respawning on a dropship, you can now ping your own deathbox to help locate it easier. 
  • Gold Backpack - Players being revived by a gold backpack will have a crackle of energy—based on the tier of armor they wear—while the revive is taking place. They will also display the armor heal FX when the revive is finished. This change should help players prioritize pushing a revive in progress.
  • Players on PC can now go back to the title screen from the lobby to allow switching of data centers without restarting the game.
  • Added numbers to the Advanced Look Controls. This should help people experiment and easily revert back to their favorite settings.
  • When scanning a beacon for Ring 6, you should now be able to see the location where Ring 6 finishes.
  • Inspect Weapon - Since the Survival Slot took its button on controller (we only have so many buttons!), Inspect Weapon has been moved to the emote wheel by default. It can be bound to any key on PC.

FIXES

Gibraltar

  • Corrected an issue with Gibraltar not getting hit registrations when simultaneously releasing ADS and shooting while his Gun Shield was up

Wraith

  • Wraith players can no longer cancel Into the Void by jumping at a wall
  • The New Skydive Emote will now work with Legendary Skins

Caustic

  • Fixed a bug that was causing Nox Gas to flicker for some players affected by it

Octane

  • Repeatedly using the same jump pad no longer disables double-jumps
  • Players are no longer allowed to “glide” along a wall after using the jump pad

Crypto

  • Crypto’s animation to bring out his Drone is no longer skippable by throwing a holospray
  • Crypto can no longer teleport to a replicator
  • Reloading the Mastiff and 30-30 will no longer be faster while in Crypto’s drone

Loba

  • Fixed a few areas Loba could teleport into that would get her stuck

Rampart

  • Players can no longer use Sheila to get under the world when placed too close to the Phase Runner in Olympus

Horizon

  • Fixed the Gravity Lift falling through the floor when used on the train tracks in World’s Edge’s Sorting Factory
  • Using a zipline after a Gravity Lift will no longer increase accuracy

Fuse

  • Motherload will now damage and destroy jump pads
  • When under a small enclosure, players will no longer be pushed out after using Motherload
  • Players can no longer double their grenades after looting a dead Fuse’s deathbox

Mastiff

  • Dropping and picking up the Mastiff will no longer cause it to be reloaded

3030 Repeater

  • Dropping and picking up the 30-30 will no longer cause it to be reloaded
  • 30-30 will now have spread deviation when ADS firing and jumping

MISC

  • Fixed a bug preventing Steam users from sending friend requests to each other
  • Usernames now update when a user swaps between the Origin Client to the Steam Client
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from creating or joining clubs due to their EA Account already being associated with another platform

Chaos Theory Event Trailer & Breakdown

The Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event stays true to the chaos in its name.

Apex Legends Chaos Theory Caustic
THICK OF IT: A new developer deep dive breaks down the Chaos Theory Collection Event

To sort all of the new content and changes coming to Apex, EA have released a new developer deep dive on the event.

You can watch the breakdown below:

Release Date

The Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event will run from March 9th to March 23rd.

It will join the release of the new Apex Legends Switch Edition which also launches on March 9th, and kicks off with a huge update!

Cosmetics

Each Apex Legends event features a new batch of cosmetic items for everyone's favourite Apex Champions and Chaos Theory brings more of the same.

We have some leaks and reveals for Apex Legends Chaos Theory skins, but who knows what else is coming.

READ MORE: Who's The Next Champion Coming To Apex Legends?

For now, we know Caustic leads the event, and gets some big new pickups as a result.

Apex Legends Chaos Theory Event Caustic Key Art
CHAOTIC - If anyone in the Apex roster is truly chaotic, it's Caustic

But Caustic is far from the only Legend getting some new flair.

Trailer

EA is building the hype around the upcoming Apex Legends Chaos Theory event, and this trailer certainly does the job!

Challenges

Each Apex Legends event also often comes with a set of challenges and we can imagine the Chaos Theory Event will be the same.

However, we don't know a whole lot about what could be coming so it is difficult to speculate past this.

Apex Legends Chaos Theory Event Fuse Pirate Anniversary Collection
PIRATES- Fuse already has one of the best skins in Apex, but what could Chaos Theory bring?

From previous events, we know that there are often limited-time cosmetics available through event loot boxes that can be purchased with Apex Coins or earned via challenges.

READ MORE: When Does Apex Legends Season 8 End?

We imagine the Chaos Theory event will follow this formula. Although, if any event was going to shake things up... A name like Chaos Theory could suggest a change.

Permanent Solo Mode

As part of the Chaos Theory Collection Event, a solo mode will be coming to Apex Legends are a permanent feature.

Solo play was a feature that came to the battle royale before, but it was removed after its event ended.

However, it was something a lot of players wanted, so the community has been asking for it to return.

Thankfully, Respawn has listened and the feature will be live in the game from Tuesday, 9 March, at the same time as the Chaos Theory event.

Nintendo Switch Version

Alongside the Chaos Theory Event, we'll also see the arrival of Apex Legends on Switch, which has been rumoured for a long time now.

It was also release on 9 March and will be the fully featured version of the game, simply reworked to function on the Switch's control system.

Also, the Switch version will feature crossplay will all other platforms that Apex Legends is on.

However, there will be no cross progression, so you won't be able to bring any existing character you have into the Switch version.

The Switch port will also support the new Chaos Theory event, so will have brand new content for the game.

Keep an eye on Apex Legends' official social media channels for more information leading up to the Switch release on March 9th.

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