Respawn Entertainment developers allegedly want to completely remove the Low Profile bonus from all Apex Legends characters. This news comes directly on the heels of Pathfinder losing the perk last patch.
Apex Legends developers have decided to nix the "cursed" passive effect Low Profile following its removal from Pathfinder before the Chaos Theory Collection event went live. The team's disdain for it and its companion buff, Fortified, has been anything but hidden regarding their effect on hitbox balancing in-game. Direct contempt for the effects had been voiced as early as November 2020 during a Reddit AMA.
Apex Legends Devs Move to Lose Low Profile
Low Profile and Fortified were originally added to particularly small and large Legends, respectively, in an effort to add sense to how difficult they were to hit. Pathfinder lost Low Profile after being deemed not to need it.
"Although Path is still mobile, his hitbox is large," they explained in their patch notes, "While his overall win rate and encounter win rate is by no means low, it’s hard to justify keeping Low Profile on a hitbox of his size."
The notes were then posted on the game's subreddit board where players were quick to comment on the change. One, in particular, asked for Wattson to receive the same treatment—to which Daniel Klein, Lead Game Designer, replied "Ok!"
While most of the thread was then flooded with jokes about "this is why you say please" and players then subsequently politely asking for Titanfall 3, Klein went on to explain his thoughts on both Low Profile and Fortified.
"...In general I want us to move away from both low profile and fortified as much as we can (I don't think fortified will ever go away, but I will slay low profile one day)," he wrote in response to giving another Legend, Revenant, the Fortified passive.
He continued, "My goal is to remove it from every character in the game eventually, but we gotta figure out how to nerf Lifeline before we can do that."
Of course, no timeline was discussed regarding a change of this magnitude, but the desire is certainly there according to Klein.