Last week's Apex Legends update (opens in new tab) has been keeping the game's diligent dataminers extremely busy. The fruits of their recent labours are numerous, from the possible addition of wall running to more evidence of NPCs.
An earlier datamine (opens in new tab) also uncovered mention of NPCs, though in that instance they were connected to the rumoured survival mode, apparently serving as its audience, cheering and booing the players as they fight for the crowd's entertainment. This leak, from RealApexLeaks (opens in new tab), suggests that these NPCs will be able to attack, be part of a fireteam, and perform executions. They appear to have names, too, like 'Spider' and 'Flyer'.
LEAK: More info on the Previously leaked NPCs. I'll just tweet the pictures in parts. You can add comments if you want me to explain. (Part 1/4)#Apex #ApexPartner #Apexlegends #ApexLegendsclips #ApexLegendsBattleRoyale #Apexlegendsclips #Apexlegendscommunity pic.twitter.com/yLj5gHlAAYMarch 8, 2019
It's not entirely clear what role they'll serve, though they could be bots that cover empty spots in teams, perhaps if a player leaves mid-game. Maybe we'll even get squads of NPCs—a PvE-style threat to keep players on their toes. With additional modes being rumoured, they might not even feature in the standard battle royale mode.
Another datamine mentions changes to the time of day. While it's been described as a "night mode" by the dataminers, it looks like it could also be a day and night cycle, with the map transforming as the match progresses. I quite like the idea of everyone jumping in the middle of the day, but as the body count rises, visibility starts to drop and things become increasingly tense. Though I admit have enough trouble playing in broad daylight.
LEAK: Also there's a Night Mode is development. That's one of the most requested features after a reddditor showed how the map would like in the Night.(via @AustinScriver)#ApexLegends #Apex #Apexlegendsbattleroyale #Apexlegendsleaks #ApexPartner #apexlegendsclips pic.twitter.com/5DhdqR8MvGMarch 8, 2019
Next to mechs, wall running is probably the feature from Titanfall that I miss the most. You can climb, run and slide your way across the map quickly, but it's not quite as liberating as parkour. According to datamined details received by Gaming Intel (opens in new tab), wall running could be coming to the battle royale.
Vertical and horizontal wall running are both mentioned in the files, along with certain limitations. The datamine doesn't tell us if this will be a character-specific ability or if everyone will be able to do it, like sliding for an impossibly long time.
It looks like new weapons could be on their way soon, too. A line regarding a flamethrower (opens in new tab) showed up, as well as remote turrets (opens in new tab). Neither of them sound like the regular weapons you can loot, so maybe they'll be tied to abilities? The datamine doesn't give us much to go on, unfortunately.
None of these things have been announced or teased by Respawn yet, and while earlier datamines have revealed things that were eventually added, there's a lot more that we're still waiting on. Some of these things could be imminent, or they could get cut before they ever appear.