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Apex Legends New “Conquistador” Wattson Skin Renamed Following Complaints

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Ahead of the start of Apex Legends Chaos Theory, Respawn has renamed the new Wattson legendary skin that will be added during the event. Previously announced as the rather problematic Charged Conquistador, the skin will thankfully now be 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.”

Prior to the reveal of its name, many fans hoped that Wattson's new skin was stylized around a fencer, which would fit the electric fence-creating legend and her love of puns and wordplay.
Prior to the reveal of its name, many fans hoped that Wattson’s new skin was stylized around a fencer, which would fit the electric fence-creating legend and her love of puns and wordplay.

Chaos Theory begins March 9, launching alongside a Switch port for Apex Legends. The event introduces a major update, which transforms all four of the game’s defenders, including a new “selfish” passive for Wattson.

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