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Apex Legends probably won’t be getting a new map in Season 6 after all

Published: 13/Aug/2020 8:49 Updated: 13/Aug/2020 8:50

by Isaac McIntyre

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It looks like Apex Legends won’t be getting a new battle royale map in Season 6 after all, according to a new email sent around by Respawn that seems to have debunked Olympus being added in the upcoming August 18 update.

Apex Legends rumors have been rife leading up to the battle royale’s sixth season. The main one, however, has been surrounding one thing ⁠— Respawn would finally be adding an all-new map, “Olympus,” to the game next update.

Unfortunately, it looks like those rumors may have been a little off-base. That is, at least, according to a new Apex Legends Season 6 teaser email sent to eager fans on Wednesday, August 12.

New Apex Legends map unlikely for Season 6

The email, branded as a promotional teaser for the sixth season, went into detail on all the new features coming to Apex Legends. One paragraph stood out; it mentioned Rampart, the Volt energy SMG, and a “revamped map.”

That’s right, Respawn is teasing Apex fans with the chance to “explore a revamped map”. Nothing about storming into the Olympus cityscape, or adventuring through the battle royale’s all-new Season 6 map. Just a “revamp.”

Now, the developers could be holding back the big Olympus reveal for closer to the Tuesday, August 18 release date, but it’s unlikely. The new Legend, gun, and battle pass plans have all been unveiled. Map plans would have come then too.

Olympus, or any other map for that matter, not coming in Season 6 does seem to line up with what the Apex Legends backend code has been telling us too.

According to ILootGames, there’s “only one reference to a new map in the files,” and even that may be a carryover from scrapped code Respawn has since binned.

It looks like Apex Legends fans may have to wait a little longer before they get to go to Olympus.
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It looks like Apex fans may have to wait a little longer before they get to go to Olympus.

Olympus likely delayed, not canceled

The idea Apex Legends was barrelling towards its third map release wasn’t a silly one either; don’t get too down if you bought into the hype. Season 5 had a huge whack of teasers for the new world, so it made perfect sense.

What seems likely is Olympus had originally been a part of the Season 6 plans, but has been put on the back burner for now, pending a proper release a little later down the line.

The Respawn development team is all working from home at the moment, for obvious reasons. That means it may just not have been feasible to pull off an entire map release without some major programming hiccups along the way.

Apex Legends fans will have to be satisfied with new legend Rampart this season.
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New legend Rampart and the Volt SMG look will be the only major changes coming this season.

As for the upcoming “map revamp” Respawn touched on in their August 12 email, there’s barely any details. Apex Legends insiders are suggesting it will be World’s Edge getting a touch-up, but nothing has been confirmed.

Apex Legends may not be heading off-world for the second time in its history just yet, but there’s still plenty to be excited about in next week’s Season 6 update.

The Volt SMG is finally being released, turret-wielding Rampart will join the Apex roster as the 14th legend, and Respawn have also confirmed ⁠— as expected these days ⁠— there will be another stacked battle pass. There’s plenty on the way!

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Apex Legends is adding a no-guns LTM in Season 7: Olympus Preview

Published: 30/Oct/2020 18:52 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 21:23

by Tanner Pierce

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If you saw the new Apex Legends map called Olympus and thought to yourself “I’d like to explore that without having to deal with annoying enemies”, then Respawn Entertainment has the perfect solution: a no-weapon LTM called Olympus Preview.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn Entertainment is adding a brand new map to Apex Legends called Olympus. After being rumored for quite a while now, the developers finally confirmed the news during the Season 7 trailer, and gave fans an even deeper dive into the map during the gameplay reveal.

While that’s all well and good, being forced to jump into a map that you don’t know and immediately fight other players trying to experience the same thing is always a bit annoying in battle royale games. Luckily, the developers seem to have a solution, and it’s a cool concept.

New Olympus Preview LTM

With the start of Season 7, Respawn will be including a new limited-time mode called Olympus Preview, which will allow players to explore and experience everything the new map has to offer without having to deal with other opponents that immediately try to kill you.

The new 30-player mode will give fans an opportunity to jump into the map and test it out to their heart’s content. They’ll even be able to test the circles.

When a new map gets added to a battle royale game, not just Apex Legends, a lot of players just want a few matches to explore and experience it before having to fight others, so this helps solve that problem.

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Soon players will be able to jump into the new Apex map thanks to a weapon-free mode called Olympus Preview.

It also helps fans familiarize themselves with it so that they aren’t jumping in completely blind. The first Ranked split will be on Olympus too, so if you’re a competitive player, this new LTM comes highly recommended.

It’ll be interesting to see Apex continues this trend as time goes on. Obviously, that would require them to keep adding new maps but, nevertheless, it’s a fun concept to say the least.