Apex Legends’ new Celestial Sunrise Collection Event kicked off Tuesday, marking the third Collection Event of the season, but the new event was met with far less fanfare than the previous two events, largely due to an unexpected change to the standard Collection Event formula . December’s Wintertide Collection Event and the recent Spellbound Collection Event, as well as all previous Collection Events, had something Celestial Dawn lacked: the Mythic-Tier Heirloom Weapon or Prestige Skin, which players typically earn by unlocking all 24 Collection Event Cosmetics. Instead, players who pay the $170 required to unlock the entire Celestial Sunrise collection will receive a Peacekeeper Legendary skin.
The skin in question is called Jadeite Retribution, and despite its hefty price tag, players who have unlocked it are overwhelmingly disappointed. Celestial Dawn is the first collection event in Apex Legends history where players who purchase the full collection will not receive a Mythic reward. Worse, the weapon skin itself is a recolor of two previously released Peacekeeper skins that players could unlock by completing the Season 3 Battle Pass.
Of course, the Jadeite Retribution skin is not entirely without charm. It’s a reactive weapon skin, meaning its appearance will change as players kill throughout each match. However, this is nothing new for Apex players who have ever completed a Battle Pass, as two legendary tier reactive skins are always included in each season’s Battle Pass. The fact that players can get their hands on these reactive skins each season simply by purchasing a $9.50 Battle Pass seems to be at the root of the outrage.
Many players have pointed out the very similar design of Jadeite Retribution and the pair of Peacekeeper reactive skins from the Season 3 Battle Pass, Bloodstone and Frostbite. While the design has been adjusted slightly, it still bears a striking resemblance to the Season 3 skins and lacks some of the other bells and whistles typically found in Heirloom Weapon and Prestige skin sets. In addition to the weapon itself, Heirloom Sets always include an exclusive Mythic Tier intro joke and banner pose for the Legend the weapon belongs to. However, the Jadeite Retribution Peacekeeper set only includes a Legendary weapon charm and holospray, with no mythical items in sight.
But there’s one more feature this expensive Peacekeeper lacks: inspection animations. Each Heirloom weapon has a unique set of animations that trigger when the Inspect Weapon option is selected in the emote wheel. These animations can be seen by both the heirloom’s owner and their fellow players. Heirloom inspection animations are very detailed and quite amusing in many cases. Some animations are rare and appear only occasionally, but all are a sight to behold. Revenant occasionally summons his scythe seemingly from the void itself, while Loba’s heirloom weapon has a rare animation that sees it slicing open one of Revenant’s spare skulls. But the Jadite Retribution Peacekeeper doesn’t have any unique animations, as Apex’s popular YouTube personality Bottlecap pointed out in a recent Reddit post.
Once a collectible event ends, the corresponding prestige skin or heirloom weapon will go to the Mythic Store, where players can use heirloom shards to purchase any Mythic tier item of their choice. But due to the legendary status of the Jadeite Vengeance, it’s unclear where it will end up after the event ends, confusing players. Many have taken their grievances to Twitter, with frequent references to skin lackluster accessories and unoriginal design. At the time of writing, Respawn has not made any official comments regarding the price of the Jadeite Retribution Peacekeeper or the reason for its presence in the collection. The Celestial Sunrise Collection Event ends on February 7th.
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