Apex Legends’ latest update made many changes to the game, including adjusting the cooldown on Pathfinder’s tactical ability and adding cross-play. However, one change in particular has resulted in a lot of controversy: Respawn’s decision to adjust Wraith’s iconic Naruto run to a more standard run animation.
“This patch, we’re introducing a new set of sprint animations for Wraith,” the patch notes read in part. “These are much more upright and expose a larger area of her body to gunfire. Now we know her old sprint was iconic and we hate to see it go as well, but we believe this is the best way by far of bringing her in line without having to hit her abilities again. Depending on what we see after these animations go live, we may even be able to put some power back into her abilities (no promises though).”
This shift was designed to bring Wraith’s pick-rate down to acceptable levels without further nerfing her Legend abilities. However, some fans are quite upset about the change. One Redditor suggests just making Wraith taller rather than adjusting the animation. A particularly popular post sees Wraith Naruto-running around Apex’s shooting range in third-person as a tribute. Another compares the changed animation to a power-walking competitor.
Obviously, players who specialize a certain character aren’t going to be happy with any nerf–especially for a particularly popular legend like Wraith. We’ll have to see if this change truly does even the odds against the edgy Wraith mains of the world, or if she will remain the most popular Legend in high-level play regardless.
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