Apex Legends Developer Explains the Difficulty of Changing Wattson

Apex Legends Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed what Legend balance changes were coming in Season 8.
Apex Legends Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed what Legend balance changes were coming in Season 8. / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

Apex Legends Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed what Legend balance changes were coming in Season 8. It started with a couple of comments on a Wattson rework post, where Redditor darkstirling shared their ideas of a change.

And Klein points out that Wattson is in a tough spot to change. She has a great win rate and it gets even higher in higher elos. How do you change something like that?

"Nope! Win rates change over time, and especially so for new legends. She released into top 3, has been climbing since and is now the strongest legend in the game. And her win rate is still going up," explained Klein. "Fun fact: after we nerfed her tactical, her win rate went up even more. And by fun fact I mean depressing fact that defies explanations."

Somehow, even when Respawn focuses on her kit and tries to give her slight nerfs, her win rate increases. This is one of the main reasons developers have to be careful about listening to a community. Players may be clamoring for her to receive a kit change or a buff, but the data shows, she's in a great spot.