Just like the three previous seasons, Season 4: Assimilation will add a brand-new weapon to Apex Legends. Though datamined assets and recent gameplay changes hinted at the new weapon being the Titanfall 2 Volt submachine gun, it’s actually a sniper rifle called the Sentinel.
“The Sentinel is a new sniper rifle–it’s a bolt action sniper rifle,” Apex Legends design director Jason McCord said in the Season 4 Reveal Devstream. “So it feels really powerful, it’s got that cool animation where you cock it back, and it’s a little different than our other sniper rifles because it has a charge mechanic.”
Given that Season 3: Meltdown already added a sniper rifle that requires charging, the Charge Rifle, it’s not immediately clear how the Sentinel differentiates itself–though it seems like the new weapon will behave similarly to a Triple-Take or Peacekeeper that has a Precision Choke attachment equipped. “Don’t wanna go too deep on [the charge mechanic] right now but it does give you a little more decision-making to do whenever you’re taking those shots.” McCord said. “Do you really want to try and take the most powerful shot you can take right now?”
Follow-up comments from Apex Legends community manager Jay Frechette seem to support the idea that the Sentinel is a sniper rifle that can fire quick but weak shots or a charged but slow single shot without the need for any attachments. “I’ve enjoyed playing with [the Sentinel] a lot as well,” he said. “It has that neat twist of almost having another fire mode.”
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