Apex Legends’ new season 8 character, Fuse, is designed for new players

Every brand-new season of a fight royale is a chance for brand-new gamers to sign up with the video game. Respawn Home entertainment thinks that Peak Legends season 8 is a good time to sign up with, and the studio developed the season’s brand-new character, Fuse, with that concept in mind.

Throughout a current interview with Polygon, Respawn group director Steve Ferreira described why Fuse may be the very best character the studio’s ever launched for brand-new gamers.

“We wanted to create this kind of more casual, easy-to-pick-up-and-be-effective-with-immediately kind of kit for new players and casual players,” Ferreira stated. “Rather than a character that was going to be super sweaty or someone you need to push really aggressively with, [Fuse] kind of plays with more options in mid to long-range engagements.”

Fuse from Apex Legends standing in front of some wreckage

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Initially look, a few of Fuse’s capabilities might appear comparable to previous Legends, there are a couple of subtle information that make him much easier to get for brand-new gamers. His Ultimate, for example, appears comparable to a character like Gibraltar — both characters drizzle down dynamites onto a little location. However Gibraltar’s Ultimate is best at clearing opponent gamers out of a particular location, while Fuse’s Ultimate capability, Motherlode, drops bombs that develop a ring of fire around a target to keep opponents pinned in.

“We have a lot of other abilities that are kind of area-denial, kind of like making a space that you should not go into because it would be dangerous, like Caustic or [Gibraltar’s Ultimate],” Ferreira said. “[Fuse] kind of inverts that and says, ‘No, you’re not going anywhere, we’re going to lock you into this space.’ Which, when you think about pairing that to the rest of his kit, means that he can stay back at a farther distance and bombard his opponents from range.”

This difference helps give Fuse’s Ultimate a unique place in the game, but it also makes it a little easier to use than Gibraltar’s Ultimate too. After a big Gibraltar Ultimate, the enemies you were aiming at are likely scattered in a few different directions, making them harder to track. But Fuse’s Ultimate keeps them all in one place, so you always know where to look.

Fuse from Apex Legends stands in front of some of the game’s other characters while holding a weapon

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Fuse’s Tactical ability, Knuckle Cluster, is similarly straightforward.

“It’s a kind of cluster bomb that sets off a repeating series of concussion bombs that stun players,” Ferreira said.

Ferreira explains that Knuckle Cluster has a unique synergy with Fuse’s Ultimate because it helps to make enemies a little easier to hit with the ability. Fuse can quickly stun his enemies with Knuckle Cluster, then lock them down with Motherlode to make sure that they’re forced to stay put, while the rest of his squad gets in position to take them out.

Finally, there’s Fuse’s passive ability, which introduces a neat wrinkle to the standard battle royale formula. Because Fuse can hold extra grenades and throw them farther, teams might give all of their grenades to Fuse and turn him into a living artillery cannon. To make that role a little easier, Fuse even has a reticle that shows where his grenades will travel and bounce, making him more accurate than other Legends with thrown explosives.

Fuse from Apex Legends carrying a Pathfinder

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“Fuse is really anchored around the idea of explosives.” Ferreira said. “In particular, you know what explosives mean for Apex, it means ordinance: grenades, thermite, and Arc Stars. [We] wanted to change up how people think about those things, and how they use those things. […] [Fuse] can use them in a much more effective manner, and he’s more accurate with them. You can really pinpoint exactly where you want to put a grenade at a much longer distance than you normally could.”

Meanwhile, experienced Fuse gamers will be able to use his abilities to trap opponents in the perfect chokepoints, or even combo his Ultimate with a teammate’s to pick up a couple of free kills. However by focusing Merge entirely around the idea of dynamites, Respawn hopes that it’s tapping into some latent skills that new gamers have actually gotten in other shooters. As Ferreira put it, “You don’t need a lot of explaining when you hand somebody an explosive in a video game.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.