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Apex Legends • Oct 03, 2019

When is Kings Canyon coming back in Apex Legends?

When is Kings Canyon coming back in Apex Legends?
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The third season of Apex Legends saw the addition of a new map with World’s Edge, but many fans are wondering when the classic Kings Canyon will return. Here's what we know.

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The much-anticipated third season of Apex saw many changes take place in the arena, with the addition of a new character, Crypto, as well as a brand new map.

Season 3 takes players to an entirely new planet, with the arena now being renamed as 'World’s Edge'.

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World's Edge has edged out Kings Canyon in the map rotation.

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Will Kings Canyon be added back?

Since Apex Legends was released on February 4, players have only known the terrain of the Kings Canyon, and although it was replaced as part of the Season 3: Meltdown changes, many are disappointed with its removal from the popular battle royale.

However, for the upcoming Halloween event, players may be able to return to an abandoned King’s Canyon in an unreleased limited-time mode called Shadowfall, which will have a unique twist on the standard Apex games.

The LTM Shadowfall is expected to be a survival game mode and a first look of the map was found in a leaked video file by leaker @RealApexLeaks, demonstrating Kings Canyon during night-mode.

If this mode does go live for Halloween, we can expect it later in October.

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Why was Kings Canyon removed?

Respawn Developer Drew McCoy explained the reason why King’s Canyon was removed from the game by referencing the addition of new legends, such as Octane.

"In Season 1 when Octane launched, he was the brand-new thing and you would see a lot of people select Octane as the first player on their team. Then the other two would disconnect because they also wanted to play as the new character," Drew explained, "We think the same type of thing is going to happen with multiple maps."

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The Apex Legends developer later followed up on his explanation of why the inaugural map was removed, however, he did reveal that the return of Kings Canyon could lie in the hands of players.

“It doesn't mean that Kings Canyon is gone forever though, at launch it’s going to be World’s Edge only,” McCoy expressed, "then based on feedback from players, and the data we can get, we have a lot of different levers we can pull to see what we can do about reintroducing Kings Canyon.

Although there is no official date on the return of the map, it is likely that it will be out of action for at least a few weeks before the demand starts to rise for the familiar battleground.

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