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Apex Legends is teasing a Titanfall 2-inspired Charge Rifle change

Apex Legends' Season 18 update is on the way and with it could come a rather interesting Titanfall 2-inspired Charge Rifle rework for Xbox and PS5 players.

Apex Legends season 18 charge rifle rework: an image of Lifeline looking curious

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has been teasing a Charge Rifle rework ahead of Apex Legends’ Season 18 release date and it sounds like it could be quite good news if you’re a Titanfall 2 fan. Referred to as “Project Railgun” in the teaser Respawn Entertainment shared on X (you know, that social media platform that used to be called Twitter), it looks like Apex Legends‘ Charge Rifle is joining Revenant and undergoing some changes that should return it back to its roots.

Ahead of the next set of Apex Legends patch notes, Respawn Entertainment posted the following image on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter with the following caption:

“For internal use only: do not share outside Vinson Dynamics.”

As you can see for yourself down below, it’s clear that this image is a diagram of the Charge Rifle and it’s annotated with some rather interesting notes about how this “Project Railgun” – which we think is Respawn Entertainment’s way of teasing a rework – will alter the existing weapon.

Apex Legends Season 18 charge rifle rework: an image of the teaser

If you’re wondering what they all say, we have every annotation listed below:

  • Redesigned compensator valves
  • Concentrated projectile
  • Adaptable charge receiver
  • New trigger activation switch
  • Improved grip texture
  • Unlocked firing system
  • Improvements to alloy rail system
  • Restructuring of dual density compressor
  • Recalibration of energy field
  • Improvements to heat dissipation system

Of course, some of these are going to be meaningless – and in isolation, they don’t mean too much. However, when you consider all of these alterations together and what Titanfall 2’s Charge Rifle is like, it all lines up quite nicely.

The Titanfall 2 Charge Rifle is faster-firing, something “improvements to [the] heat dissipation system” would help with. It also fires a single shot, something that could be described as a “concentrated projecticle” in comparison to Apex Legends’ Charge Rifle beam-like firing mode. The “new trigger activation switch” could also be a reference to the difference in how the two weapons fire.

If you’re not sure what we mean, here’s a montage of Titanfall 2’s Charge Rifle in action:

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To compare, here’s a few clips of Apex Legends’ Charge Rifle. As you can see, it sports a longer charge time and a continual beam of energy when firing.

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Interestingly, Apex Legends rumored Charge Rifle rework was actually modded into the game by content creator ‘bobz‘ a little while ago. While this isn’t exactly like Titanfall 2’s Charge Rifle, it could be a good compromise between the two iterations of the weapon. You can check that out in action below. Just remember that this isn’t official, so take it with a pinch of salt.

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With this being one of the best competitive FPS games out there and Apex Legends’ Charge Rifle somewhat broken when it comes to damage output, this could be a huge change for those of you trying to climb Apex Legends’ ranks. With any luck, we won’t be waiting too long to learn more about what these teaser means for the Charge Rifle, too. The update really isn’t too far away, now. Although, you’re also going to want to read up on Revenant’s new ability kit before the next season drops. He’s going to be even more ruthless than before.