Apex Legends now has two different maps in the game with Kings Canyon and World’s Edge, but fans are once again wondering when they will be able to play the first one again.
When Apex Legends first launched, it did so with just one map but soon expanded to a second one. However, unlike PUBG, it doesn’t rotate between the two so the first one is all but lost to the void.
Respawn did bring back the original Kings Canyon for the Shadowfall LTM, but outside of that it’s been pretty much locked away. On November 5, we watched the map turn off and we haven’t heard much about it since.
When will Kings Canyon return?
This doesn’t mean it’s gone forever though since the map still has a lot of fans so it’d be a shame to see Respawn keep it out of the players’ hands for long.
Nothing concrete has been given out by Respawn about a potential return, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have clues. This map has already returned once in Season 3 so we can probably rule out another one, but anything can happen.
Apex Legends Season 4 is rumored to begin sometime in February, so we might have to wait for that to happen before we see Kings Canyon again.
With that said, Apex Legends has held events for major holidays, such as Halloween when we saw the map return, so perhaps the developers have something in store for a potential Christmas event. Again, nothing is confirmed so don’t get your hopes up too high for this happening.
The gang is waiting for the return of Kings Canyon.
Kings Canyon will always play a big role in Apex Legends since it was the first map and has a vocal group of fans who still like it better than the new one.
Respawn developer Drew McCoy initially explained the reason the map was removed in the first place was so players don’t back out of a match when they don’t get the newer World’s Edge.
“What we don’t want is for someone to get in on October 1 and be like, ‘Oh, it put me on Kings Canyon, I’m going to back out,’” he said.
At this point, it’s really hard to tell with certainty when this fan-favorite map will return, but we can almost definitely guarantee it will be back eventually. The only question that remains is when that will happen.
Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem update is due to drop on February 2, and although patch notes aren’t expected until right before the update goes live, we already know of a bunch of confirmed changes and fixes coming. Here’s an early look at what the patch notes are expected to include.
But, the most exciting part of the patch notes themselves will be seeing how Respawn has adjusted the various Legends with nerfs and buffs, plus some of the quality of life changes planned.
Apex Legends Season 8: Early patch notes
New Legend: Fuse
Straight from Salvo, Fuse is an explosive Legend, and his abilities reflect this. He can shoot projectiles from his prosthetic arm, and his ultimate will shoot a mortar-like missile, which explodes into a ring of fire.
Fuse joins the Apex roster in Season 8.
New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater
We didn’t get a new weapon in Season 7, but we are in Season 8. Fuse brings the 30-30 repeater straight from Salvo. It’s a lever-action rifle that packs a punch.
The 30-30 Repeater will be added to the loot pool this February.
Kings Canyon map changes
The arrival of Fuse has obliterated Kings Canyon. Original POIs including Slum Lakes and Artillery have been destroyed, and there is a new hue to the map.
A massive explosion on Kings Canyon has completely changed the map.
New Season 8 Battle Pass: Mayhem
As always, there will be a fresh battle pass for the new season, which will include over 100 items.
We don’t know if there will be any changes to the battle pass system yet, like there was in Season 7.
Note: This is not a final list of all Legends that are getting changes in the Season 8 update.
Adding 45 health to her Amped Cover
Respawn say they are looking at changes to Wraith’s hitbox, to bring her in line with other Legends.
Respawn are looking at nerfs to her tactical ability, but haven’t confirmed the exact changes they’re making yet.
Respawn have been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant, but are looking at hitbox adjustments
Respawn are looking for ways to make Wattson more fun, without making her more powerful
Fix for decoys making footstep noise – this was originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future update, possibly with Season 8.
Caustic hammer breaking doors – this was also originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future patch, possibly with Season 8.
Horizon is due for a slight nerf in Season 8.
Quality of Life
In-game damage tracker added
Heirloom store not showing all Heirlooms
Players told they are buying Gibraltar’s Heirloom when buying Caustic’s Heirloom
Legend skins for Mirage and Bangalore affecting aim down sights
Errors relating to private matches
Players can’t hear each other in cross-play lobbies
A new Ranked Series will begin at the start of Season 8: Ranked Series 7. We expect that there will be two splits in the season again, with the first probably on World’s Edge. It’s unlikely that the new Kings Canyon features in Ranked, until players are used to the changes.
Season 8 Collection Event
Data miners have uncovered files related to an Anniversary Collection Event in Season 8. Although collection events typically start midway through the Season, this time it could potentially start earlier, given that the 2-year anniversary of Apex Legends is February 4 – two days after Season 8 starts.
That’s everything we know at the moment about what’s coming in the Season 8 update patch notes.
We’ll keep you updated with more changes as they come, and of course when Respawn releases the full patch notes.