Hot Drop is GameSpot’s weekly Apex Legends column, where Jordan Ramée takes a closer look at the Respawn royale game to provide insight into the game’s evolution, as well as delve into the storytelling and episodic characters.
Does anyone else notice something weird about Valkyrie, Wattson, Mad Maggie, and Rampart in Apex Legends? Like, it’s amazing That four of the Legends carrying some of the heaviest equipment in the game are, at the same time, some of the thinnest, right? It looks like these four need an increase in their actual stature.
In the case of Valkyrie, Wattson, and Rampart, all three legends carry what appear to be exceptionally heavy equipment on their backs at all times. Wattson carries around her cumbersome-looking Interception Pylon tower, the Rampart moves around this gigantic minigun, and Valkyrie has a jet pack that uses the flying core of a car’s redirected Titan.
I could probably buy a Valkyrie jet pack that always runs passively, providing enough leverage to lighten some of the burden you’re carrying without actually taking it skyward. But even then, wouldn’t she still need to be exceptionally fit to repeatedly swing between crouching and standing with such a heavy piece of equipment on her shoulders? And there was probably quite a bit of force exerted on her when she was actually flying with the jetpack, considering how fast she was and how little protection she was wearing.
And it just seems really weird when it comes to Wattson and Rampart, who frequently pick up and put down their gear. Even if the two were the youngest of legends in the competition, they should both have shoulders and legs built like rocks with all they had to lift. a wall especially, considering she can now pick up and carry her minigun while firing practically without any bribe. I think she should look less like an unaffordable college student and more like a peep than Overwatch.
Maggie, similar to Rampart, has a very slim body type. And while she doesn’t carry anything that looks particularly heavy, Mage’s ultimate ability requires her to do a lot of throwing. And as anyone who has ever played a sport that involves any type of throwing can tell you, doing it frequently usually gives you very strong shoulders, arms, back, and chest muscles. However, Maggie looks as if her fellow Legends can attack her like a twig.
This has always bothered me because Respawn is clearly not afraid to put more or bigger body types into Apex Legends. Battle royale was launched with characters like Gibraltar and Caustic and then became like Fuse and Newcastle, who are all made to be taller, bigger and more powerful than their counterparts to reflect how they use armor or heavier weapons. So what gives with these four? Are they all women only?
Of course, being physically fit does not mean being physically strong. But Respawn seems to limit the number of body types you use when creating female or female characters – nearly all of them are petite and skinny, with Bangalore and Luba being the exceptions. Even Ash has a distinct sway in the hip when she walks, giving the subtle simulation the appearance of model-like curves.
This restriction on character design can lead to the problem I’m talking about in this article, where someone like Rampart rams around a massive turret-like pistol while still being exceptionally small and skinny like characters like Wraith, Lifeline or Horizon, and so on appear Being too weak to do what you can do. Respawn could have designed the Rampart to look physically strong but opted for a design that tends to make it more traditionally attractive.
It’s an odd double standard for Respawn’s typical progressive character design team, which has discovered many body types for male Apex Legends characters, creating space for varying levels of fitness and strength. Both the Seer and the Gibraltar are decent-looking Legends, for example, although the Seer is very skinny while the Gibraltar is more physically strong – they both look tough, but in different ways. The same level of diversity does not extend to the women in the Apex Legends roster.
Admittedly, I don’t know how feasible it would be to make these changes to Valkyrie, Wattson, Maggie, or Rampart. I’m not a game designer so I won’t pretend what I’m asking is an easy fix. To retroactively adjust the bodies of the four characters so that they more authentically reflect how they should actually appear given the equipment and weapons they use, Respawn will need to re-design the proportions (as of the start of Season 13) of more than 200 cosmetic skins. Additionally, there are animations to consider and success chests to set, the latter of which can affect the positions of these characters in the Apex Legends meta.
With all this in mind, I admit that it’s too late for characters like Valkyrie, Maggie, Wattson, and Rampart. But if that’s true, then perhaps Respawn should think about things like this from the start. Because when you look at characters like the Rampart – who carry these massive, massive weapons but then have the slender arms of any legend in the game – it just seems unreal and ridiculous.
So I invite you to Respawn to make Valkyrie, Maggie, Wattson, and Rampart orange, or – if that’s too difficult at this point – at least consider what the character will look like when designing their aesthetics along with their gadgets. If you are going to give a character big weapons, make sure you give them too they The big weapon.