Apex Legends Devs Drop The Ban Hammer Ahead Of New Harbingers Collection Event

Apex Legends Season 18: Resurrection is in full swing, and today–after a few weeks of uncharacteristic silence from Respawn Entertainment–the developer unveiled the game’s next event: the Harbingers Collection Event.

The event will also herald the introduction of a new limited-time mode. Known as Living Shell Trios, the temporary new game mode introduces a new type of ordnance: the Rev Shell. Only available during the Harbingers Collection Event, the Rev Shell is a target-seeking grenade that bears a striking resemblance to the small handheld skull Revenant would sometimes use to activate his Death Totem. Now that Revenant’s received a complete makeover (including a full overhaul of his abilities), his Death Totem ability is gone, but it seems the iconic skull will live on in the form of Rev Shells.

Revenant’s not the only part of Apex getting a makeover this season–during the Harbingers Collection Event, players will also gain access to a reimagined version of World’s Edge, called World’s Edge After Dark. Featuring a dark night sky, the entire map is shrouded in darkness, and according to the official Harbingers Collection Event blog post, it seems some POIs may be temporarily renamed, with the popular Train Yard POI being referred to as Pain Yard instead.

As always, the event includes a new set of 24 bewitching premium cosmetics for players to peruse. Players who unlock all 24 items will receive Fuse’s new Heirloom Weapon–a Marceline-esque guitar-shaped battle axe–free of charge. The event will also feature various store bundles, and a free reward track for players to complete in exchange for free loot.

But despite the event’s spooky theme, Apex is looking even scarier in real life–if you’ve been cheating, anyway. After promising to focus on addressing the game’s prolific aim-botting and smurfing issues, it seems Respawn has followed through, announcing the banning of over 2,000 player accounts who were using cheats. While this spells bad news for some less-than-honest players, the vast majority of Apex’s playerbase is glad to see them go.

Here comes the ban hammer 🔨
This morning, we banned 2000+ @PlayApex accounts that were using cheats. As a reminder, please report any suspicious player activity through our in-game tools.

— Respawn (@Respawn) September 13, 2023

The Harbingers Collection Event begins on Tuesday, September 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and ends on Tuesday, October 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The event also includes some minor changes and gameplay tweaks, including reducing the Forged Shadows knockdown timer boost from 10 seconds to 5 seconds. The patch notes are listed in full below, with what appears to be a Nessie-based Easter egg or hint listed at the very end:



Weapon Crafting rotation 30-30 Repeater enters the crafterRE-45 with Hammerpoint Rounds enters the crafterMozambique returns to floor lootNemesis returns to floor lootLowered autoplayer difficulty in orientation matchesRedistributed the pockets of high tier armor within POI’s (ex.the center of Countdown on World’s Edge) into the global loot pool


Nemesis Burst AR Damage reduced to 16 (was 17)ADS recoil increased



Knuckle Cluster Tactical deployment speed increased


Gravity Lift Weapon accuracy decreased while in Lift (more spread)Vertical Lift speed reduced by 20%Hover time at top of Lift reduced to 0.5s (was 2.0s)


Amped Cover Placement time reduced to 2s (was 3s)Rampart now remains in placement mode after deploying a wall


Forged Shadows Reduce time extension from knocks to 5s (was 10s)Extra damage to the shroud will bleedthrough to Revenant if it breaksShadow Pounce Slightly increased pounce angle compensation when looking at the ground


World’s Edge After Dark added to LTM


Recent Hotfix: September 6, 2023

Guaranteed (%, per kill) Elimination Bonus has been raised across all skill levelsPoint disparity between teammates of vastly different skill has been reduced


Digi-Threat now correctly highlights enemies through close proximity multi-layered FXGold magazine and gold bolt now work after being killed by a dummyLevel 1 accounts no longer appear as Champions in pubs


Certain weapon sounds (such as Rampart’s mounted turret motor) now stop upon match endFinishers should no longer have doubled-up or missing audioWeapon draw audio now plays correctly when swapping legends in the firing range


New Revenant Heirloom no longer changes to original Dead Man’s Curve coloring after leaving the Fight Night ring on OlympusResolved endless skydiving after flying off map with a Trident


Resolved incorrect cursor location when using the controller in certain resolutionsRestored game window positioning when video settings are reset


Ash’s Floating Point emote no longer has incorrect soundBloodhound’s Piercing Plasma no longer occasionally turns enemies invisibleCrypto will now get kicked out of his drone when silencedMirage restored heirloom allowing players to switch weapons without breaking cloak after a reviveSeer’s Focus of Attention no longer interrupts other highlight items and abilitiesVantage’s Spotter’s Lens restored in Firing RangeValkyrie’s Bladed Decent no longer stutters visuallyWraith no longer gets stuck when meleed while using Into the Light finisher


Forged Shadows Damage to the shroud now contributes to damage stats and evo pointsFriendly arc stars and knuckle clusters no longer stick to the shroudMad Maggie’s Warlord’s Ire now highlights Revenant when you hit his shroudVantage’s Sniper’s Mark now applies when you hit his shroudStun effects now apply when his ultimate is activeNo longer gets stuck in Shadow Pounce when activating the ability before landing from the dropshipResolved animation canceling when using Shadow Pounce that allowed you to draw weapons earlyRestored highlight from Assassin’s Instinct showing up in cases where enemies are visible but partially obstructedStopped Shadow Pounce automatically deploying after climbing a ledge


Bloodhound can see Revenant’s Forged Shadows activation pointFiring Range Supply Boxes now sort weapons by type for easy accessLoba’s Black Market now sorts weapons by type for easy accessImprovements to how our audio engine dispatches and prioritizes audio voicesMore accurate shadow rendering for legends and weapons in game menusPC DX12: implemented new RHI (Rendering Hardware Interface) rendering backend


We’ve recently had to update some of our regional voice actors, and you may continue to hear updated voice lines as more Legends require updates over the coming seasons and patches. We appreciate and thank all of our regional voice actors, both old and new, for being an integral part of Apex Legends.

Incoming Transmission…. Subject: Nessie….




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