Season 6: Boosted is just around the corner in Apex Legends, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the upcoming chapter of the game, including the new Rampart character, Volt SMG, and more.
Respawn Entertainment finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Apex Legends Season 6 on August 6. Called Boosted, the new season is set to introduce a flurry of new content and changes into the popular battle royale.
Here is the official launch trailer:
When is Apex Legends Season 6?
As previously reported based on the Battle Pass, Respawn confirmed that Season 6: Boosted will kick off on Tuesday, August 18 at 1 AM ET (Aug 17 at 10 PM PT) along with a massive update that’ll also implement major changes in the game.
Of course, there is always a chance that the devs could delay the start just as they did with S5, which was in order to accommodate the Battle Armor Event and give players an extra week to get any last-minute things completed.
Apex Legends Season 6 kicks off on August 18!
Who is the new Legend in Apex Legends Season 6?
Every single season so far has introduced a new Legend, and S6 will follow suit in the shape of Rampart, “an expert modder who made her name in the underground fight clubs; Rampart talks big and has the ballistics to back it up.”
In the trailer, she’s shown using a massive turret-like machine gun, which she affectionally calls Sheila. Sheila is expected to be one of her abilities, along with Amped Cover, a transparent barricade shown in the video that blocks incoming shots and boosts the damage of any outgoing fire through it.
While Respawn haven’t gone as far as to reveal her full kit of abilities just yet, we already have a good idea based on the most-recent leaks surrounding the new Legend.
Rampart, and her weapon friend Sheila, are coming to Apex Legends in Season 6!
Will Apex Legends Season 6 have a new weapon?
Yes, Apex Legends Season 6 will feature the Volt submachine gun as the game’s newest weapon: “Charge into battle with this energy SMG that packs a punch.”
As the description alludes to, the SMG will use Energy Ammo and likely be similar to its Titanfall 2 version – a powerful force in close-to-medium-range gunfights.
This has been a long time coming in Apex; the Volt was first found in the back-end files and leaked way back in September of 2019 but the devs opted not to add it until now. It’ll also be the first new gun we’ve gotten since the start of Season 4 seven months ago since Respawn decided not to release one for S5.
The Volt, an energy SMG, will be Apex Legends’ new weapon in Season 6.
Will Apex Legends Season 6 feature a new map?
It would be far from being out of the question that Respawn would introduce a brand new map in S6. Kings Canyon and World’s Edge have both gotten their fair share of significant changes over the first five seasons, so unless the devs have something even more drastic in mind, it might be time for the Apex Games to move to a totally new destination.
This speculation isn’t purely based on optimism either; a job listing on Respawn’s website states that the new hire will “create and own large scale multiplayer maps iterating through gameplay blockouts in a live playtest environment,” which can really only mean one thing.
Furthermore, Respawn has dropped a major hint during the finale of Season 5’s Broken Ghost Quest, with Lifeline saying that they should travel to a new world named Psamathe.
While Psamathe has been teased in Fortune Favor’s trailer, it now seems more likely to be the Season 6 map. The Apex medic also suggested that the team “go to Olympus”, which could be the Arena on this new planet. A UFO-like structure was also found in the game files and could be used to transport the legends.
Does this mean that there will be a new map in S6? No one knows for sure yet, since these expected changes could happen for S7 or S8. Only time will tell.
Is the rocket shown in the Apex Legends Season 6 trailer going to take the Legends to a whole new planet?
That sums up everything we know about Season 6, for now, but there will undoubtedly more that gets uncovered about the next chapter of Apex Legends as we approach it. As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news, updates, guides, and more.
Fuse is the 16th Legend coming to Apex Legends in Season 8, an explosive new character with an Aussie flair. We spoke to the man behind Fuse, Ben Prendergast, to talk about his time playing Apex, being a character and more.
Fuse will be playable for everyone on February 2, when Season 8 begins. Ben’s character hails from Salvo, and also brings with him a new weapon: the 30-30 repeater.
You’re already over level 370 in Apex Legends – were you playing before you got an audition, or did you dive in after?
I knew about Apex but when I got the audition I dove straight in! I was level 50 before I had my first session so the team was surprised that I knew my Mozambique from my Mastiff. I remember throwing shade on the Mozzie, I think you’ll hear that in his voice lines. Then by the time we came to voice the trailers I was level 200 plus and started playing ranked. I’m Gold I now in ranked and should hit Plat this week.
Who do you main currently, and do you think you will be switching to Fuse full time in Season 8?
I’m a Horizon main at the moment, switching between Bloodhound and Lifeline depending on my mood. Will I play Fuse? Hell yeah, because his tactical is – Oh I can’t say. But yeah I’ll play Fuse just to troll teammates with custom voice lines, but I know his kit is going to sit perfectly in the meta and give some surprising counters to some of Apex’s tougher characters to beat.
Ben plays Apex on Twitch – sometimes alongside his fellow cast members.
Favorite map in Apex?
I love all the maps. Seriously, I don’t get the shade on certain maps. Favourite spots on Kings Canyon (I will always drop in that donut hole thingy), World’s Edge (Geyser), but actually I’ve really dug Olympus this season and you’ll find me cruising around the PS5 or Hammond Labs gold loot bins! Oh and the Octane/Trident glitch is the funniest thing I’ve seen all season.
Have you had a chance to play on the new Season 8 patch yet, and try out the new weapon Fuse is bringing from Salvo? Or are you trying it for the first time with the rest of us?
I will be with you all on the first day, but the voice lines I’ve recorded give so much away. For example, I was recording Trident lines back in May thinking to myself “ah they’re bringing vehicles in!” The team would tell me what everything was if I didn’t know already, so I have a pretty good idea of what’s coming too. You’re going to hear some love from Fusey around the 30-30, what a gun! I’m a Hemlock/G7 loadout kinda guy so I already know the 3030 is probably going to suit my play style.
The 30-30 Repeater is headed to Apex Legends in Season 8.
You have VA roles in a number of other games, including one of the best games of 2020, Hades. Do you always play the games you have a part in, and do you play any games besides that?
Hades was a total (and pleasant) surprise, because I knew that SuperGiant had produced some amazing games in the past, but it was the first job that I had recorded from my home studio so I had no idea how it would be received. The writing was great and the character (Patroclus) was super reserved, so to be honest I wasn’t sure how the game all hung together. I do play Hades though, but not as much as Apex right now for obvious reasons. I’ve been a gamer my whole life, when the pandemic hit I was smashing Red Dead Redemption and God of War (for a bit of outside time) but yeah I’ve clocked hundreds of hours on Skyrim, Fallout, FIFA, Gran Turismo, amongst others.
Classic VA question here, but as you also do Film & TV, do you have a preference? What are the best things about VA vs onscreen/stage?
I don’t actually have a preference but I will say I’ve been blessed with VA and Performance Capture work this past eighteen months. I think VA is moving closer to theatre in terms of the story/lore coalescing with the issues of the day (e.g. Inclusivity, Race, Gender politics) and I feel like a whole new generation of us are developing empathy from this form.
For me, VA is something you can dive deep very quickly with and with the help of a good voice director land on a fully formed character that hits just right for the brief. Film/TV takes a little more marination to create a character that works and can be a bit of a solo pursuit, but there are so many more moving parts. And theatre to me is the ultimate acting form, being able to develop and then live inside a character’s journey from start to finish every night and then discover the deeper complexities of that character and their relationships over weeks/months of a plays run (all whilst sharing that with a live audience).
Our Australian editor says “Fuse is a little over the top with the Aussie-isms, but in a great way” – what was it like leaning heavily into the “Aussie” character?
It’s funny because I’ve definitely known people even more over the top than what we’ve seen of Fuse in the trailers so far. But yes you will definitely hear a fairly thick smattering of Ozzie in ol Fusey. He’s a bit of an anachronism. A mix of seventies Australian film characters, eighties sports stars, and modern-day rural/urban characters I’ve had the pleasure of knowing personally, my dad/uncles figuring heavily. There’s definitely things he says that I wouldn’t, but we were very careful with him and you could always feel when a line wasn’t quite right for him.
How much freedom was there to improv – i.e. add in some Australian flair of your own creation.
The team at Apex had already written so much fantastic dialogue that it became fun to riff with them and there was definitely the freedom to improvise. Where we needed to hit a certain vibe with Fuse I’d delve into my past and dig up something from an uncle or football coach, or borrow from some previous Australian pop culture reference. To be honest we had days of dialogue sessions and I know I like to throw out tonnes of options so I came out of every one of those sessions exhausted. Which is kinda when you know something is working hey? I’m looking forward to hearing what I said haha.
Without giving away any spoilers, how excited are you for future Fuse lore – if you’ve got that far ahead yet?
Mate I’m pumped to jump back in and see what else he gets up to, I can already see the writers/directors leading in a certain direction and there’s stuff going down next month that I can’t talk about that is something I’ve NEVER done in my entire acting career. I’m in constant contact with the writers (and other VAs for that matter) and obviously they have their seasons planned way in advance, but I expect that the collaborative process is going to continue.
Fuse hails from Salvo – a fringe planet on the outskirts of the Outlands.
Presumably, like the other voice actors, you’ve had to do a lot (all?) of it from home/remotely given the current situation – What were the challenges, or benefits, of that?
Well I had my initial auditions/callbacks in my home studio over zoom, but the main records were at an external studio, which is great because my booth is SMALL and I like to wave around like a madman when I record. But we did do some facial capture and voice record for the Season 8 trailer so the challenge there is to make a 3×5 box feel like Kings Canyon! So yeah, while its slightly more difficult recording remotely, I can’t complain about working from home in your pyjamas. I will say I’m looking forward to the 2021 cast/crew Christmas party, so everyone wear a mask!
After you were revealed as the newest VA, what was the reception like from the Apex community? Everyone seems to love the character already.
If you’re reading this and you responded to any of the announcements or my tweets I want to say THANK YOU. I read everything and I’ve been absolutely blown away by the response to Fusey. It’s truly humbling to not only bring an Aussie (Salvo) character to my fellow Aussies (Salvonians) but to also bring a flavorsome and fresh Australian cultural identity to the rest of the world. I feel really proud of the stitchwork Aussie that Fuse is, part Steve Irwin, Part Crocodile Dundee, Part 70’s Australian Cricketer, and underneath all that he’s just the proudest peacocky Aussie I could muster. I hope he’s the best of us, welcoming of everyone, dangerous to bad eggs, and someone who wants his fellow teammates to do their best.
Where can people find you if they want to keep up with you on socials?
I’m having a blast streaming on Twitch (BoppyPea) just playing with fans and inviting my favorite players, but you can also follow me on Twitter/Instagram at BenjiPea.
Have a great season everyone, and tell my old mate Caustic I said G’day 😉