There’s a hidden detail on Storm Point that serves as a touching tribute to the late grandmother of one member of the Apex Legends development team.
Respawn Environment Artist Eugene Kim, also known as antimatik, shared an in-depth look at a secret memorial for his late grandmother that has been hiding in plain sight on Apex’s newest map.
While it’s easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for, this minute detail carries a fistful of meaning behind it and once you’ve seen it, it’s impossible to forget just how thoughtful the gesture really is.
Apex Legends dev leaves secret tribute to his late grandmother
The hidden sign is in the biggest building at the Storm Catcher POI and is inscribed on the upper portion of a wall.
Just to the right of a storage box, the characters “K종순” are set into the brown background of the interior wall. Those are the initials of Kim’s grandmother, Kim Joung-Soon, who passed away in May of 2021.
Before the last stretch of 2021 wraps up, I wanted to share an anecdote behind an easter egg I put into Apex’s latest map, Storm Point. pic.twitter.com/SQ6oM2cDDj
— Eugene Kim (@antimatik) December 29, 2021
The mapmaker shared that placing his tribute to her in a busy part of the map was key because of her long history of being surrounded conflict: “She outlived two major wars and another country’s occupation in her lifetime only to pass peacefully in bed; it doesn’t get more gangster than that.”
He concluded his thoughts on the subject by reminding players that they’re doing more than just battling it out for placement points when they fight at Storm Catcher: “To any and all Apex Legends players, just know when you fight in this building, you not only fight for the win, but also for her amusement. Love you and miss you, Grandma.”
Apex Legends players pay tribute
Though a simple gesture, Kim’s tribute touched Apex players who are already looking forward to honoring the developer’s grandma.
“Mate that is so bloody heartwarming,” one person wrote. “You can take solace in that we renamed Storm Catcher to ‘Party Palace’ with my community cause it’s always going off and we be the life of the party.
“Everytime we leave there as the last ones standing it’s a testament to her.”
Absolutely love easter eggs/hidden messages like this
And knowing it’s in honor of your Grandma makes it that much better
Will remember to drop a Nessie for her when I play later today <3
— Jack ‖ ◬ (@Aetheon_) December 29, 2021
Another reason to why Storm Catcher is my favorite POI, will always think about her now when dropping/fighting there 💜
— Sanjin (@sanjin_lol) December 30, 2021
Mate that is so bloody heartwarming! You can take solace in that we renamed storm catcher to Party Palace with my community cos its always going off and we be the life of the party, Everytime we leave there as the last ones standing it’s a testament to her ♥️
— Frosty (@StayFrosty_TTV) December 29, 2021
The Apex Legends community already loved Storm Catcher and the Respawn artist just inspired many more to dive into the POI to give his grandma something fun to see.