With the emergence of rivals for the resurrection of “Apex Legends”, the decline in lifeline usage has not stopped. Developers mention future-AUTOMATON

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Apex LegendsIt seems that the usage rate of lifelines has been steadily decreasing since the opening of the new season “Savior”. Overseas media The Gamer reports. What happened to our medics?
 

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Lifeline is one of the eight early legends in Apex Legends that doesn’t need to be unlocked. Become a legend specializing in team support, such as team recovery and requesting a dedicated care package. Among them, the passive ability is the ability to deploy a DOC heel drone and revive allies. It’s a powerful ability that allows you to move freely while waking up your downed allies. At the same time, it will be possible to normally revive a second ally and deal with an approaching enemy.

Drone auto-revival is an ability added in the “Lost Treasure” event update in Season 5. Initially, it was a more powerful ability that the drone also deployed a revive shield. However, in Season 9, the shield was confiscated and settled on its current abilities.
 

 
The Revive Shield once disappeared from the game, but in the new season “Savior”, this Revive Shield will be revived as a passive ability of the new legend New Castle. Newcastle Passive is the ability to deploy a Revive Shield during resuscitation and drag allies. Depending on the level of the knockdown shield that Newcastle is equipped with, the shield that will be deployed will be strengthened. You can’t move around and fight like a lifeline, but it’s a powerful revival ability.

And with the emergence of a rival in the resurrection called Newcastle, the number of players using lifelines seems to be steadily declining in the new season. You can see the trend on Apex Legends Status, a site that aggregates various data in “Apex Legends”. Please note that all the data in this paper are the values ​​at the time of writing.
 

 
According to the site, the pick rate in season 12 of the lifeline was kept around 5%. He’s not at the top of the line, but he’s maintained a certain degree of popularity alongside mid-sized legends such as Horizon and Bangalore. However, in the new season, the lifeline pick rate has dropped below 4% at a stretch and continues to decline.

In addition, the ratio of players using lifelines has dropped by nearly 15% compared to 7 days ago. Of course, this may be due to the fact that many players tried out New Castle. Similar trends are seen in other legends. However, the reduction rate of 15% of users is outstanding. It is a number that overtakes the player reduction rate of Rover and Wraith where serious bugs were found.

The reason why the usage rate of lifelines where no new bugs such as this has been confirmed has dropped sharply can be considered to be due to the appearance of New Castle. Newcastle, which has a strong resurrection ability, also has a part that overlaps with the role in the team. The fact that they are often not picked at the same time as New Castle is probably a headwind. Many former lifeline players may have switched to Newcastle. In addition, the new equipment, the IMC Armory, will be able to obtain enhanced supplies according to the team’s equipment, similar to the lifeline care package. This may also contribute to the decrease in usage rate.
 

 
And there is another factor that may have spurred a decline in usage. The developer said that the lifeline will not be strengthened in Season 13. Devan McGuire, senior game designer for the game, told the overseas media The Gamer:

First, he said, “Several modifications to the lifeline are being considered, but they will not be implemented in Season 13.” The reason for the low priority is that the development team recognizes that lifelines have succeeded in differentiating themselves from Newcastle in their resurrection abilities. “Lifelines can be revived at the same time or while fighting. These are Lifeline’s unique strengths that Newcastle does not have.”

In support of this, the development team is constantly investigating the pick rate, win rate, and overall performance of existing legends. The development of the new legend is also calculated to fit into such an environment. The decrease in the usage rate of lifelines this time may be within the expected range.
 

 
“Apex Legends” New Castle that appeared in the new season “Savior”. Behind the spectacular new legend, the lifeline that has been fighting since its release seems to be receiving an unexpected headwind. Will the usage rate of lifelines recover from now on, or will it be strengthened instead? I would like to pay attention to future trends. By the way, in “Apex Legends Mobile” released today, Lifeline is participating in the war with shielded drone revival available. If you are worried about the lifeline of the heyday, please play it.


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