Respawn temporarily disabled both the Rampage LMG and Sentinel sniper rifle in Apex Legends after fan feedback reported that an exploit in Battle Royale unfairly overpowered both weapons. The legendary MIL-SPEC Bangalore skin has also been disabled after repeated issues with the cosmetics causing the game to crash.
The exploit in question for Rampage and Sentinel involves how both weapons can be uniquely charged, the former with thermite grenades and the latter with shield cells. A charged rampage will fire faster, while a charged Guardian will do damage enormous Sums of damage. The exploit discovered allowed players to keep both weapons loaded indefinitely, providing an inexpensive way to decimate enemies throughout an entire game.
We just pushed one @Playapex Update that temporarily deactivates the Rampage and Sentinel weapons in all modes due to an exploit.
The update also deactivates the MIL-SPEC Bangalore skin. However, it can still be purchased from the store and will be there once it has been repaired and reactivated.
– Respawn (@Respawn) January 6, 2022
The infinite charge exploit was first discovered last year and respawn implemented as a Hotfix patch to fix the problem in December. However, the exploit has raised its head again in the past few weeks as gamers came up with a new workaround for exploiting Rampage and Sentinel.
On January 4th, respawn producer Josh Medina has tweeted that the team had returned from vacation and started working on a solution to the exploit. Apex Legends live balance designer John Larson too tweeted about the exploit, suggesting that those who have used it may receive an account ban in the near future.
In the meantime, Respawn has decided to simply remove Rampage and Sentinel from the ground loot to prevent anyone from taking advantage of the exploit. The two firearms are disabled in all modes, so you cannot use Rampage or Sentinel in trios, duos, leaderboards, or arenas.
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