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Kings Canyon is finally coming back to Apex Legends but with a catch

Published: 23/Jan/2020 16:03 Updated: 28/Jan/2020 11:05

by Calum Patterson

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Following a leak, it’s officially been confirmed that Kings Canyon is coming back to Apex Legends, as part of Season 4. However, it has only been confirmed for Ranked Play so far.

Kings Canyon was all players knew until Season 3 of Apex, when World’s Edge was released. Although it was exciting to get a new map, the general consensus is that Kings Canyon is the better of the two arenas.

Respawn confirmed that the original map would come back at some point, but didn’t give an exact date. The developers wanted to ensure everyone got plenty of time to enjoy the new map first.

Kings Canyon landscape in Apex Legends
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Players have been desperate for the old map to return.

With Season 4 around the corner, speculation is rife that Kings Canyon is set to make a glorious return. But, we don’t need speculation any longer. Leaked game files first found that it was coming back, and Respawn confirmed on January 23.

Reliable data miner That1MiningGuy, who is behind the majority of key Apex Legends leaks, has found a new ‘EPAK’ file with an image of Kings Canyon.

Then during their devstream on January 23, Respawn unveiled Season 4, Assimilation, revealing the new legend Forge and much more.

However, fans might be even more excited to see confirmation of Kings Canyon coming back.

When is Kings Canyon coming back to Apex Legends?

Season 4 will feature two ranked ‘splits’, which will be played on each map; World’s Edge and Kings Canyon. World’s Edge will be available from February 3 to March 23. Kings Canyon will be available from March 24 to May 5.

So far, it’s only been confirmed that Kings Canyon will be available in Ranked mode.

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Respawn confirmed the return of Kings Canyon, but not until March.

The nighttime version of Kings Canyon is coming to the game for only two days, January 24 – 25. Players already got a taste of this in the Shadowfall LTM too, but the daytime version is what fans really want.

What is an EPAK file in Apex Legends?

For those unfamiliar with data mining, an EPAK is a type of file used for a very specific purpose. EPAKs allow the developers to push new, smaller content into the game at the flick of a switch. This means there’s no need to wait for major patches to add something small.

Season 4 is set to begin on February 4, exactly one year on from the game’s release. Unfortunately, players will have to wait just a little longer to get the true nostalgia of Kings Canyon back.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.