Apex Legends Chaos Theory Event Is Live, Legendary "Conquistador" Wattson Skin Renamed Following Backlash
Respawn should create a better approval process when it comes to designing and naming new character skins so something like this doesn't happen again.
Apex Legends' Chaos Theory event is now live, adding a collection of 24 legendary and epic cosmetics to the battle royale game for a limited-time. Among them is a new legendary skin for Wattson, which has been renamed following fan feedback that pointed out the problematic nature of the skin. First revealed as "Charged Conquistador," the skin is now called "Chaos Conductor."
"Thank you to folks who reached out about it and kept us honest," Respawn director of community and communications Ryan Rigney tweeted. "This was an oversight that shouldn't have happened."
Respawn's decision seems inspired by folks pointing out how uncomfortable they were with Respawn naming one of Wattson's skins after the conquistadors, a group of white colonizers who are well-known for conquering countries through murder and slavery, and killing thousands of people through the spread of diseases. It's not a good label to give to any of Apex Legends' characters.
"Definitely no ill intention, it's one of those things that slip through the cracks," Respawn design director Jason McCord tweeted. "We don't have a lot of approval process around skins names, since we release so many."
Chaos Theory began the same day that Apex Legends launched for Switch. The event introduces a major update that transforms all four of the game's defenders, including a new "selfish" passive for Wattson.