Respawn Entertainment appears to have included a Lifeline nerf in Apex Legends Season 5 that went unmentioned in the patch notes.
The nerf, discovered and posted to the Apex Legends subreddit Friday by u/Mathishian29, prevents Lifeline players from moving their healing drone at all. Prior to the nerf, the healing drone would slowly follow players it was healing for short distances. This allowed Lifeline players some flexibility of position after deploying the drone. Players could also push the drone to move it.
"That's actually really disappointing," wrote commenter u/TylerLikesDonuts. "It was really convenient to be able to push that little guy around." Another commenter expressed surprise that Respawn Entertainment would target the drone for nerfs.
"It's [not] like we could run with the drone," MrTully23 wrote, "at best you're pushing that thing a few meters around a corner or something."
Respawn Entertainment has not confirmed the change as an intentional nerf, leaving open the possibility that it was either added by mistake or triggered by a bug.