Apex Legends Season 6 treated fans with a refreshing experience in the form of enticing gameplay features and changes. A new legend, Rampart joined the ranks, and the Volt SMG became available on the battlefield. The devs also handed out several balancing changes to the existing weapons and loot items.
While some weapons received significant buffs, others were tweaked slightly. The Spitfire was one of the guns that received subtle adjustments. The new season updated the LMG with improved recoil controllability, as mentioned in the Season 6 patch notes.
Respawn was inexplicit about the changes made, which left the community scratching their heads. There is a growing consensus among players that the Spitfire feels different from using compared to previous seasons. Fans were pondering whether improved recoil controllability implied a stealth buff to recoil. Now, a Respawn dev has given a detailed explanation for the change.
A Respawn dev, whose username is AmusedApricot, recently commented on a Reddit discussion thread about the Spitfire weapon. He explained the changes they made and why they didn’t provide specific numbers for those changes. They reduced the multipliers for the vertical and horizontal recoil to improve gun handling.
The dev said, “It’s hard to give numbers on these sorta buffs because the numbers don’t really mean anything if you don’t understand the systems. It was just a reduction in the multipliers for the vertical and horizontal kick, but not an adjustment to the pattern itself. The horizontal recoil was buffed a little more than the vertical.”
They decided to make the change because controlling horizontal recoil is more challenging. The dev said, “The high mag size with worse TTK is a combo that is better for non-high skill players, and horizontal recoil is the hardest to control, so it made sense to me to improve it on that axis!”
Some fans were confused if a buff in recoil meant a nerf in this instance. The dev later clarified, “Ah yes, sorry. When I say “buffed” I mean “reduced” in this case haha. Sorry for the confusion! Tbh outside of the top top players, most guns are relatively usable, it just depends on a lot on personal preference.”
Players have appreciated the dev’s explanations and received the changes favorably. Moreover, LMGs can now have larger magazine sizes and faster by utilizing Rampart’s Modder Loader passive. Therefore, one can expect an encounter with the Spitfire more often in matches.