We think it’s fair to say that if there’s one thing we’re all looking out for when it comes to a fresh set of Apex Legends patch notes, it’s the weapon changes – and Season 14 isn’t any different. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a character at the top of our Apex Legends tier list or the bottom, landing your shots is what’s going to win you your next game. While we don’t know all the information just yet, Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that it’s introducing huge weapon changes in Apex Legends’ Season 14 to both the Wingman and the Spitfire.
What are these huge weapon changes? Well, during a pre-season press event, senior game designer Eric Canavese confirmed that both of these weapons are going to be using different ammo types moving forward. If you want to use the Wingman in Season 14, you’re going to need to use Sniper Ammo and Sniper Magazines. If you want to use the Spitfire, you’re going to need to stock up on Light Ammo and keep your eyes peeled for a Light Magazine.
If you’re worried about these changes, you shouldn’t be. Canavese explained that these changes are primarily aimed at altering the ammo economy in-game right now, noting specifically that this update shouldn’t alter “the feel and the damage, and the handling, of that traditional Wingman we’ve all come to know and love.”
With this sidearm being “a very easy weapon to use” traditionally, according to Canavese, the change to Sniper Ammo should introduce a new layer of intent for players who want to make the most of this hard-hitting weapon. As far as we know, there isn’t going to be any changes to how much Sniper Ammo you can stack in your inventory. However, Respawn Entertainment hasn’t shared the full patch notes yet – so, we could see a minor alteration to reflect this change and soften the blow to players who enjoy using the Wingman regularly.
Interestingly, it seems as though the weapon changes made to the Spitfire in Apex Legends’ Season 14 update are being done in complete opposition to the aforementioned Wingman weapon changes. Where Respawn Entertainment is effectively limiting the amount of ammo a player can realistically carry for a Wingman in-game, it’s going to make things a little easier for Spitfire users going forwards – however, that’s not the only reason behind this change.
Labelling the Spitfire a “bullet hose”, Canavese explained that the change to Light Ammo for this LMG will give Respawn Entertainment “more wiggle room” when it comes to future seasons and meta updates. Where there are a number of viable Heavy Ammo weapons for Apex Legends’ late-game right now, there’s only really the R99 and R-301 for Light Ammo weapons. So, while the change does help players worried about burning through all their ammo, it’s also going to introduce more variety to the selection of weapons players are going to be using in the final stages of each game – which, in turn, should help the game’s health overall.
We know all of this reinforces the fact that this is one of the best battle royale games out there right now, but there’s no telling just how these changes are going to impact gameplay yet. We shouldn’t see any drastic changes to how either weapon will handle and perform, but there’s no telling whether these two weapons will maintain their position in the meta throughout Season 14 and beyond. This isn’t the only change being made to weapons in Season 14, though. Apex Legends’ Season 14 EVA-8 buff is going to be far more impactful – so, we recommend you read up on it here.