Chappie could be headed to Apex Legends

Apex Legends' Pathfinder robot could have some competition if the exchange between Chappie director Neill Blomkamp and the Respawn CEO bears fruit.


Respawn Entertainment surprised the gaming community with the free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends and it has become the new hot title on a scale that few games can replicate. With this heightened profile typically comes the attention of big names in the entertainment industry and a recent development includes a potential marriage of a fictional robot to the game's roster. Neill Blomkamp, the Academy Award-nominated director known for District 9 and Elysium, was asked if he'd like to see his character Chappie from the movie of the same name brought into Apex Legends. He's all for it.

It's one thing for Neill to be hopeful that one of his creations is brought into the game. It's another thing entirely when the developers seem to be excited at the idea as well. CEO of Respawn Entertainment Vince Zampella shared with Neill that he is "also down" with bringing Chappie into Apex Legends.

Chappie Neill Blomkamp Apex Legends Respawn Entertainment

All it took was a tweet from Neill Blomkamp to spark the events that led to him directing the Anthem live-action short Conviction, so we wouldn't be far off expecting this exchange to bear fruit. The film Chappie is about a police droid with the same name who is stolen, given new programming, and becomes to first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

All of the Apex Legends heroes feature unique passive, active, and ultimate abilities and fans will likely have a lot of fun theorizing about what Chappie could bring to the table. As far as how soon this comes to life, it'll likely be a while because the Respawn would have to create a wealth of assets and also test the character for balance purposes. No worries, though, the team is planning to introduce other new Legends in March.

Now, Chappie is an incredibly charming and endearing character, but he won't be without direct competition for our hearts if he steps into the Apex Legends battlefield. Above is the character trailer for Pathfinder, the game's "picture of optimism." Pathfinder is a Mobile Robotic Versatile eNtity (MVRN) and his abilities focus on informing the team on where the battle royale's closing circle will be in its next phase, using a grappling hook to maneuver, and creating a zip line so the team can traverse terrain quickly and efficiently. Here's an excerpt from his official profile on the Apex Legends webpage:

"...he booted up decades ago in an abandoned laboratory with no idea who created him or why. With only his MRVN designation to hint at his identity, Pathfinder set off in search of his creator.

Pathfinder has learned much in his travels since then (like how to make a mean Eastern Leviathan Stew) but hasn’t come any closer to finding his creator. Still, he’s never given up hope, and has joined the Apex Games to gain a following--and hopefully draw the attention of his maker. In the meantime, he remains enthusiastic and helpful, always ready to make new friends (then shoot them)."

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