Apex Legends devs reverse “secret” SMG nerfs after Season 12 update

Hamza Khalid
Volt SMG in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Season 12 brought a series of “secret” nerfs to SMGs like the R-99, Volt, Alternator, as well as the Prowler, and Respawn Entertainment have now reversed these changes.

Apex Legends Season 12 brought a plethora of changes to the battle royale, including various weapon buffs and nerfs, but players soon began to notice that their SMGs were far less accurate than usual.

The season update brought hidden nerfs to the Volt, R-99, Prowler, and Alternator, much to the frustration of players, and Respawn Entertainment have now reversed these changes, claiming they were “unintentional.”

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After the Season 12 update went live, three of these SMGs received a significant hipfire spread nerf, and players noticed that The Volt did not get the magazine size buff that was promised for the weapon.

As a result, the SMG sprays were wildly off-mark when players fired them at targets, putting them at a serious disadvantage in terms of accuracy, and this caught the attention of the Apex Legends developers.

While it hasn’t been confirmed why exactly these changes were in Season 12, it’s possible that Respawn were testing the nerfs privately, but they got shipped accidentally when the update went live.

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Respawn responded to this issue in a tweet: “We made some unintentional SMG hipfire changes with the launch of Defiance. We’ve just pushed out an Apex update to revert them back to their original values.”

At the time of writing, these secret nerfs have been reverted, but these weapons can still receive other changes as the season progresses since Respawn Entertainment frequently update the game.

New seasonal updates often bring a fair share of problems during their initial weeks, so it’s not too much of a surprise that a few secret weapon nerfs managed to find their way into Apex Legends.

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Aside from these changes, players are also currently experiencing other issues in Season 12, including FPS bugs for those on consoles along with noticeable lag spikes that the developers are investigating.


For more Apex Legends content, check out all the Apex Legends Season 12 Ranked Leagues changes as well as this Apex Legends playlist feature that the Fortnite developers are asking for.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].