Developers of popular video game Apex Legends are in the final stages of introducing a new crypto-themed character — if recent leaks are to be believed.
Paul Tassi, a Senior Contributor at Forbes, found an image that highlighted the titles of 11 unreleased characters that may appear in the game at some point in the near future. The leak is further corroborated by the discovery of hidden text in the game’s asset files.
Since the game is completely free to play, its monetization strategy revolves entirely around cosmetic microtransactions and randomized loot boxes, which have been dubbed “Apex Packs.” These optional upgrades allow players to unlock new outfits, weapon decals, and characters — all of varying rarities.
A previous reference to the cryptocurrency ecosystem in Apex Legends came in the form of a cosmetic outfit for the character “Lifeline.” Labeled ‘Blockchain Reaction,’ it is one of the rarer items in the game. However, it does not have any affiliation to distributed ledger technology or cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Instead, the title is likely a play on the popular phrase “chain reaction,” given that the outfit features an animation. Other cosmetic items in the game have similar technology buzzword-themed terms, such as “Neural Net” and “Heat Sync.”
Among a long list of other names — including Nomad, Octane, Jericho, and Rosie — the Forbes reporter discovered evidence that ‘Crypto’ might be the name of an upcoming character.
Given that existing characters in Apex Legends have been named on the basis of their special abilities, it is reasonable to assume that Crypto will be no exception to this rule. However, like the aforementioned Blockchain Reaction outfit, a direct connection to digital currencies seems unlikely.
The Forbes reporter speculated that the new Crypto character could feature the ability to hack or intercept nearby communications, electronic devices and other enemy special abilities. However, until the character is officially announced by the game’s developers, Respawn Entertainment, it is difficult to say what Crypto’s utility will end up being.
Released only a few weeks ago, Apex Legends has been received very well by fans of the Battle Royale video game genre, as well as critics in the industry. Its popularity is best represented by the fact that 25 million unique players tried the game within one week of its debut. According to the game’s developers, the concurrent player count also topped two million within the same time-frame.
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