The latest legend to join the Apex Games in season 10, Seer, is equipped with some very powerful capabilities, including a heart rate sensor and drone tracking. But Respawn told us that he went through three different variants, and was actually a sound-focused legend in the beginning.
The team at Respawn Entertainment has created a new legend every season since its release now, and continues its game to keep things fresh, with characters who have a thoughtful story, extravagant skins and brilliantly acted vocal lines.
Viewer is no different than this trend of Legend releases, after the immensely popular Valkyrie that released in season 9.
Immediately after the revelation of Seeer̵
Seer was a sound legend
Respawn explained that Seer’s original plan was to make his abilities to be about sound, rather than visual. The first version of his tactics was a decoy grenade, which would sometimes mimic firearms, and other times mimic sound in footsteps.
Despite the fact that we first tricked people into game tests, it quickly became clear that ‘fake’ sound would be too problematic, as it would make the whole game’s sound unreliable to players, and “pretty much broke the game.”
His ultimate was a ball-like ability as it is now, but instead of tracking players in it, it would lock all sound inside. The idea behind this was to prevent third party attacks.
Overall, it is not surprising that these capabilities did not see the light of day. After all, Apex Legends can be a loud and noisy game at its best, and sound is so crucial to the experience. Not to mention, Respawn has been in battle with all the competing sounds in the game, which has led to players complaining that they could not hear crucial elements such as the enemy’s footsteps.
After moving away from the focus on sound alone, Respawn also tried a proximity mine that was tactical for Seer. Eventually they moved to the viewer we have in the game now.
A better Bloodhound?
But in the end, they settled for what we have now – another recon / tracker-like character, similar to Bloodhound.
We also asked Respawn if they were worried Seer would make Bloodhound less popular. But they are sure that the two characters play differently enough, with Bloodhound focusing on the “breadcrumbs” the players leave behind, while Seer is much more up close and personal with his abilities.
In the same way, Crypto is considered to be the long-range reconfiguration, so the developers still believe that he will also have his place in the meta.
We have to wait and see how the meta shakes out in season 10 to see which of these three reconfigurations is at the top of the pile.