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All Season 5 map changes revealed in Apex Legends trailer

Published: 9/May/2020 14:44

by Daniel Cleary

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The gameplay trailer for Apex Legends’ highly anticipated Season 5 was released on May 8, and revealed some of the major map changes that would be taking place in Kings Canyon.

The addition of the brand new Legend Loba is not the only major change expected for Season 5: Fortune’s Favor, as Respawn has revealed they will be making drastic map changes in this new chapter as well.

In the Apex Legends Season 5 gameplay trailer, some of the changes made to the classic Kings Canyon arena were revealed with popular locations such as Skull Town affected.

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Skull Town has been seemingly destroyed ahead of Season 5’s release.

One of the most notable changes in the trailer was the apparent destruction of a huge corner of the Kings Canyon island, with both Skull Town and the Thunderdome pretty much entirely underwater following Loba’s introduction.

However, despite losing a bit of the map in Season 5, it was also revealed that there would be a new underground area around what’s left of the fan-favorite drop zones for players to explore.

Another change was made towards the opposite side of Kings Canyon, with a new point-of-interest added to one of the map’s most rural areas in recent seasons.

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A look at many of Kings Canyon’s map changes revealed in the Season 5 trailer.

Respawn explained that the theme for season’s 5 map changes would be to “unearth Kings Canyon” and there appear to be many new excavation and construction sites added as a result. The changes also tie into the release of Apex Legends’ new Quests which require players to uncover different artifacts to earn rewards.

One Apex Legends dev previously revealed why it had taken so long for Kings Canyon to receive major map changes, claiming that Crypto’s destruction of the Repulsor tower allowed Leviathans and Flyers from roaming freely and preventing any construction on the Arena.

However, with the upcoming changes in Season 5, it signals that a new repulsor tower could have also been added or possibly other countermeasures around the island to keep the wildlife at bay.

Fans won’t have long until they can experience the new update for themselves, as Apex Legends Season 5: Fortune’s Favor is set to go live on May 12.

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Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.