In a recent AMA, Respawn developers discussed why the team changed the M600 Spitfire LMG in Season 14 to use light ammunition instead of heavy ones.
Season 14 of Apex Legends brought many changes to the game, including a brand new Recon Legend and some major weapon updates.
Two of the biggest changes came in the form of ammunition type changes for both the Wingman and Spitfire LMG, with the Wingman now using sniper ammunition while the Spitfire using light ammunition.
Now, a recent AMA gave the development team at Respawn a chance to explain why they decided to change the Spitfire’s ammo type after 13 seasons.
Spitfire ammo swap explained
As mentioned above, the explanation comes as part of a lengthy AMA being held on the Apex Legends subreddit.
Reddit user Aixcix asked what the reasoning behind the Spitfire’s ammo swap was, explaining that they felt there was a “real imbalance between the light vs. heavy weapons in the loot pool.”
In response, Apex Legends Senior Game Designer Eric Canavese replied that “it’s not always just the number of weapons within each type of ammunition”, regarding the feelings of imbalance.
“We are looking at many factors and one of the determining factors in this decision was the balance of viable medium to late game weapons within the ammunition types.”
This change was intended to balance the weapon supply in the early and late game as opposed to the number of weapons in each ammunition category.
Cavanese went on to explain that “the early game light ammo offering is adequate, but not robust in the later stages of the game, while heavy ammo had quite an extensive late game lineup.”
He cited the example of when the R301 was added to the Crafter last season while the G7 Scout was included in the Care Package. In that case, Cavanese explained that “it didn’t feel like light had enough viable weapons in the late game that pushed us into a lopsided heavy meta.”
Considering that many light weapons like the P2020, RE-45 and Alternator are rarely played in the late game, this change has already made quite an impact in the first season.