With the launch of the season 6 of Apex Legends, Respawn brought the devotion back to the normal loot pool.
At the same time, Respawn moved r99 from the normal loot pool to the care package with improved stats and limited bullet capacity. While the removal of r99 makes a lot of sense as it was the meta from season 1, many players were surprised with the return of the devotion from the care package.
Respawn dev revealed the real reason:
Respawn’s design director Jason McCord explained their rationale behind their decision to bring back the devotion to the normal loot pool even though it was actually a good fit for a care package only weapon.
So, in order to make Rampart more balanced as the new legend, Respawn decided to bring the devotion back to the normal loot table. Since Rampart’s passive allows her to use LMG more efficiently with faster reload speed, it makes a lot of sense that they brought back another LMG for her to work with.
Before she only had the Spitfire, LSTAR, and Sheila. However, with the inclusion of the devotion to the normal loot pool, she now has more options to cause havoc in the Apex Games.
Additionally, with devotion back to the normal loot pool, Respawn also brought the energy magazine back from the dead. Since the new Volt SMG also uses energy, it made it essential from a balanced perspective to remove the devotion from the care package.
As r99 is now a care package only weapon, Volt will now replace r99 as the best SMG in the game followed by the Prowler. Respawn also increased the energy ammo drop rate throughout the map to meet the demands of players using more energy-based weapons.