Gibraltar has long been a powerful mainstay in Apex Legends, appearing in the game since its launch. He may be bigger and easier to hit, but his arm shield, dome shield, and ultimate all have ensured that Gibraltar dominates Apex Legends tier lists…even if not everyone prefers to play him in Respawn’s battle royale title set in the Titanfall universe.
Fans have known about Apex Legends and Titanfall’s connection since day one, and this is something the game has really pushed time and again. More Titanfall connections in the future seem almost certain, but it seems the early connections were a little more than just connections.
Moy Parra, the lead animator at Respawn Entertainment working on Apex Legends, recently took to social media to show early concept art for Gibraltar. This concept art comes back from a time when every Apex Legends character was actually a pilot, sometime before they were dubbed “Legends.” Part of these pilots in the Apex Legends universe means really cool helmets, and fans of the franchise can see Gibraltar’s pilot helmet below.
Parra reveals that Respawn used to call Gibraltar the “Beatle Pilot” to the Beatle-like horned protrusion on his helmet. Overall, it’s still a pretty sharp-looking helmet for Gibraltar. Two of these image showed a short protrusion, while the other showed a more elongated one—coming up quite a bit off his helmet. Seeing the Beatle Pilot whip out a dome, bubble, and charge into battle with a beautiful war axe heirloom makes him all the more interesting. Otherwise, he looks like the Gibraltar many fans know and love.
Notably, this led to many comments as to how this should eventually make it into Apex Legends as a Gibraltar skin, and that sounds incredible too. It’s not so far off that no one would know it was Gibraltar, and it adds a nice, new Titanfall dimension to the game. Of course, that feels unlikely at this point, but it does pose another interesting question.
If Gibraltar has concept art in pilot form, then at least every legend from the beginning of the game does too. Others, like Loba, still may have one; it depends how far ahead Respawn was looking at Apex Legends characters. Nonetheless, many other characters would likely look inspired with a pilot-style helmet too, but it’s uncertain if a Pilot event, where these could be added, is something Respawn/EA are interested in.
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