Apex Legends Gibraltar may get a rework soon according to developers he is losing his “must-pick” status.
In a near-future update, Gibraltar might get his ‘bubble’ ability a little nerf which will apparently make him more fun to play as current players are not enjoying playing Gibraltar.
Gibraltar has been in the main spots for a quite long time now, he is also one of the top picks in pro matches due to his “Dome of Protection,” which gives Apex Legends squads a chance to survive firefights or reposition in safety.
Developer John Larson states that they have been closely monitoring this.
In an interview with Dexerto’s Kijanna Henry, the Apex Legends balance director confirmed the team is eyeing a rework for Gibraltar, and it may be soon.
Apex Legends Gibraltar rework
According to battle royale developer Larson (known as JayBiebs online), Gibraltar has become a clear “must pick” character at the game’s highest levels. High-ranked grinders and pro players are picking him “out of necessity,” even though Gibraltar is no longer “fun.”
One of the biggest reasons why he has always been in the must-pick is because of his abilities and the benefits that it brings to the team.
This makes him a must-have in the team but players who pick him have to suffer long cooldowns. Generally,” Larson explained, “using abilities is fun, pressing that button.”
Gibraltar bubble ability under observation
The very first thing that will be changed during his rework is his Dome of Protection ability, which has become an iconic part of the defender’s kit over the years.
“It’s tough though,” Larson admitted, “because a lot of the ideas I see are things like, give bubble health. I don’t like how that would affect Gibby, and that’s not really how I’d nerf the bubble. That would be way too big of a nerf, especially at the higher levels of the game, and especially in pro play.
“What I like is that the bubble is a great tool for resetting in combat. That’s why he’s a go-to support pick, because not many other legends in Apex have that 360-degrees protection, and it’s just the best for resetting.”
The developer has been silent on to when players will get to play the legend’s rework on the official servers. But, he did admit that there is one thing that has been blocking their way to release it to the official servers and that is – Gibby actually has a low play rate.
“It’s a tough sell, nerfing a character with less than five percent play rate,” the dev admitted, and said any rework won’t arrive until their concerns are solved. “What we’re grappling with is how we transition him from a must-pick that no one wants to play, to an enticing pick that’s not as dominant.
“If someone has an idea to nerf Gibby’s bubble,” he added, “but also make it so you can boot up pubs and have fun with Gibby, that would be the dream.”
That’s all for now.