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Apex Legends Dev Reveals Why Octane May Never Get an Unmasked Skin

"I get asked all the time 'when can we have an unmasked skin for Octane?'"
"I get asked all the time 'when can we have an unmasked skin for Octane?'" / Image courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

In Apex Legends, Octane remains one of, if not the most fun character in the game from both a gameplay and a personality standpoint.

After all, the only reason why the High-Speed Daredevil joined the Apex Games was to find the ultimate adrenaline rush petty online stunts could no longer provide for him.

However, although the Apex Legends community has learned much more lore regarding Octane, from his real name of Octavio Silva to even seeing a glimpse of his real face, it had remained to be seen why Respawn Entertainment has yet to provide an unmasked skin for him in-game. Thanks to a recent tweet by one of the devs, however, it appears we have our answer.

"I get asked all the time 'when can we have an unmasked skin for Octane?'" Respawn lead animator Moy Parra Tweeted on Thursday. "The real challenge is that we never made any facial animation for him as the rig did not need/include a facial component. So he would have a blank expression for everything!

"It's much more feasible to put a mask or a helmet on a character that already has a face than the other way around. Think of Wraith's Voidwalker — she was able to have both as she already had a facial setup to begin with. Bloodhound or Octane would be VERY challenging."

At the time of writing, the Apex Legends community has also been able to see what Ash looks like without her mask thanks to a hidden easter egg, although it remains unclear if Respawn plans to release unmasked Ash skins down the line.

For more on Apex Legends, feel free to check out our coverage of Octane's infinite stim glitch that's returned in Defiance.