Season 4: Assimilation will add a brand-new weapon to Apex Legends, and it’s another sniper rifle. Though datamined assets and recent gameplay changes seemed to hint that Titanfall 2‘s Volt would be coming to Apex Legends in Season 4, Respawn revealed the battle royale’s new weapon is actually the Sentinel.
“The Sentinel is a new sniper rifle–it’s a bolt action sniper rifle,” Apex Legends design director Jason McCord said in the Season 4 Reveal Devstream. “So it feels really powerful, it’s got that cool animation where you cock it back, and it’s a little different than our other sniper rifles because it has a charge mechanic.”
Given that Season 3: Meltdown already added a sniper rifle that requires charging, the Charge Rifle, it’s not immediately clear how the Sentinel differentiates itself–though it seems like the new weapon will behave similarly to a Triple-Take or Peacekeeper that has a Precision Choke attachment equipped. “Don’t wanna go too deep on [the charge mechanic] right now but it does give you a little more decision-making to do whenever you’re taking those shots.” McCord said. “Do you really want to try and take the most powerful shot you can take right now?”
Follow-up comments from Apex Legends community manager Jay Frechette seem to support the idea that the Sentinel is a sniper rifle that can fire quick but weak shots or a charged but slow single shot without the need for any attachments. “I’ve enjoyed playing with [the Sentinel] a lot as well,” he said. “It has that neat twist of almost having another fire mode.”
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