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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 Season 8 launch trailer reveals Fuse abilities and destroyed Kings Canyon

Published: 21/Jan/2021 16:12

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment have given a first look at the new Legend Fuse and his abilities in action, plus the obliteration of Kings Canyon, in the Apex Legends Season 8 Launch trailer.

Fuse, real name Walter Fitzroy is the eighth post-launch Legend to join the Apex games, bringing the total to 16 – double what the game had at launch.

As his name implies, his abilities are all about explosives, and he’s a blow-it-up-first, ask questions later, type character. Hailing from Salvo – a new planet we’ve only just found out about – he’s also bringing a new weapon with him, the 30-30 repeater.

The launch trailer, released on January 21, gives us our first look at two key parts of the upcoming season: Fuse’s ability kit, and the new-look Kings Canyon.

Season 8 Launch Trailer

 

Fuse abilities in Apex Legends

Although not completely explained, this trailer gives us a look at Fuse using his abilities, which he’ll have in the Apex games.

His ultimate, which was already teased in-game, sees him drop a mortar-like bomb, which then explodes into flames, damaging anyone nearby.

We can also see him launch grenades from his arm, which will be his tactical ability.

Fuse tactical ability
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Fuse can launch explosives from his mechanical arm.

Kings Canyon

Salvo’s unification with the Syndicate was meant to be a joyous occasion, but Fuse’s old friends are certainly not happy about – and decided to crash the party.

This has left Kings Canyon in ruins – ready for a new Season of massive map changes. Respawn have become experts at weaving the game’s lore into actual gameplay, and this is just another example of that.

In the trailer, it appears that Artillery and Slum Lakes have both been destroyed, but we may have to wait until the gameplay trailer to see the full extent of the damage.

Season 8 launches on consoles, PC, and possibly Nintendo Switch, on February 2.