Apex Legends patch 1.1.3 fixes Gibraltar’s hilarious sticky shield bug

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Apex Legends patch 1.1.3 has rolled out on consoles and PC, introducing audio improvements and bug fixes. Check out the full patch notes.

Logging into Apex Legends today, you’ve probably seen that patch 1.1.3 officially released. The latest update introduces new audio improvements and bug fixes. One of those fixes means we must say goodbye to Gibraltar’s best bug – the sticky Gun Shield.

The Gibraltar bug has been making waves across the Apex Legends social channels where players have posted highlights of the ridiculous glitch, which allowed for equipment to be attached to his shield. The exploit resulted in some hilarious possibilities when combined with other Legends’ abilities, including attaching launch pads or toxic traps to the shield and having Gibraltar run into a room. Ultimately though, it was overpowered and broken and a fix was expected.

Respawn addressed the glitch in the patch notes, acknowledging player creativity led to fun results but admitted it was not intended by design. The unfair advantage would almost certainly break the competitive balance of Apex Legends if left ignored.

"Admittedly, it’s been fun to see the results of this, but the behavior is not intended by design and could get out of control. Items will no longer stick to Gibraltar’s Gun Shield. However, it will now deflect Arc Stars."

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As for the rest of the patch, there was a ton of focus on improving the audio performance of Apex Legends. According to the patch notes, the audio engine has been improved to be “around 30 percent more CPU efficient.” This should result in less of a chance of distortion or dropouts.

Other quality of life improvements to audio include lowering the master volume of all sounds during the character select screen, lowering the volume of Wraith’s ambient kunai knife sound, and increasing the volume of close proximity enemy footsteps for all Legends. The list is actually quite extensive, so be sure to check out the full patch notes.

In terms of gameplay, hit detection was another focus of today’s patch, which adds some “behind-the-scenes tracking of bullet damage logic.” While Respawn still expects some problems with hit registration, the changes made should allow them to better track these issues for diagnostics. This should hopefully lead to more concrete details regarding the problem and an eventual permanent fix. For now, though, it seems like we’ll have to put up with the issue.

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Currently, the developer believes one of the causes could be something as simple as internet connection problems, though they are still investigating. It’s unclear how long it’ll take to solve the issue. Check out the full patch notes for Apex Legends update 1.1.3 here.