Apex Legends Season 16 is going to introduce a new gun. This is something they haven’t done in a good long while. The Nemesis Burst AR is joining the ranks as well as a new golden attachment.
During an interview with Lead Weapons Designer, Eric Canavese, he revealed what was in store for all the changes in Season 16.
According to him, The Nemesis is a four-round burst assault rifle. It’s got an automatic trigger which means if you hold that trigger down, it’s going to fire its bursts out as fast as it can. It’s got a unique ramp-up mechanic where for all the bursts you fire, it’s going to reduce the delay between each burst more and more.
So, with those two mechanics combined, you can lay on the trigger and it’s going to go faster and faster which will result in a smooth burst experience from a gun.
And something to note about that ramp-up is that it holds onto that charge for a short period of time so you can reload through it, and make combat rotations. You can do all sorts of stuff and the Nemesis will still be fully ramped up when taken again into combat. As long as you’ve got ammo and targets to hit, you’ll be able to keep it ramped up to speed.
The AR is an energy weapon, so it takes energy ammo. It comes with a full suite of attachments – barrels, magazines, tactical stock, and mid-range optics you can find.
It aims to take the place of staples such as the R301 and the Flatline. Two of the longest mainstays in Apex Legends. Which also requires the gun to make a huge impact on launch.
New Golden Attachment
Golden attachment – Shotgun Bolt – Maximum upgrade to fire rate. Automatically loads rounds while sliding. It was inspired by the Kinetic Feeder attachment. It’s tuned a lot higher than the kinetic feeder though so it should be able to load in shots more consistently.
The best part is, It works while you have a shotgun in hand or when the weapon is stowed.
Hemlok Becomes a Care Package Weapon
The Hemlok Burst AR is going in while the Rampage LMG is going back to being regular floor loot.
While it’s there in the care package, it’s going to receive buffs in the form of increased damage and an increased headshot multiplier. It will also come with the pre-loaded Boosted Loader. And even the mod itself is getting buffed. It’ll trigger earlier, and you’ll get more ammo than you used to.
Apex Legends Season 16 Crafter Changes
At the start of season 16, the Volt SMG and the Longbow DMR are going into the crafter.
Apex Legends Season 16 Shotgun Changes
There will be a couple of changes to the shotguns, namely the addition of tactical stocks to both the Peacekeeper and the Mastiff shotguns. They’re going to follow suit with the Eva-8 that’s been upgraded recently.
As powerful as they are in CQC, they can feel quite sluggish compared to SMGs. So this change is aimed to give the guns a fighting chance by improving handling speed, much-needed reload speed buff, and hopefully even the playing field.
Not only that, the devs are going to improve the projectile size of all the shotguns across the board. This is to ensure they can be a little more viable closer to the medium range. But it’s more for consistency’s sake than anything else.
Apex Legends Season 16 Assault Rifle Changes
Assault rifles are getting a sizable nerf next season, affecting mostly the spread on their hip fire. As the kings of mid-range, it’s been noticed that assault rifles perform a little too well even when using hip fire. The dev team’s solution is to increase the spread when firing the weapon from the hip.
And lastly, the R-301 is getting a little bit of a nerf. They are going to take the damage down from 14 to 13.
More changes are inbound but for the others, we’ll just have to see when the patch notes for the new season become available.
Apex Legends Season 16: Revelry is coming to PC (via Steam) and all mainline consoles starting on February 14, 2023. Check out the launch trailer here.
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