Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts (EA). Like most battle-royales, players are dropped onto one big map and have to fight to be the last one standing. As the game progresses the map gets smaller, forcing players closer and closer together for a dramatic climax. The new season of content for Apex Legends is called ‘Season 2: Battle Charge,’ and will launch on 2 July 2019.
Apex Legends, however, brings new changes to the battle royale genre. Instead of player-created characters or characters with different costumes, players take control of one of an ever-increasing roster of characters called Legends. Each Legend comes with three abilities- a passive, a tactical and an ultimate- making them unique and useful in certain situations.
Another change to the genre is that players are placed in teams of three with 20 teams fighting to be the last team standing, meaning each match will have 60 players in total. No team can have more than one of the same Legend, so players must pick and choose Legends that best compliment each other. The changes that Season 2 is bringing to Apex Legends are listed below.
- New Legend: Wattson: Wattson, real name Natalie Paquette, is the 10th Legend added to Apex Legends’ roster of unique individuals.
- Passive Ability: Wattson’s passive ability fully charges her ultimate whenever she uses an ultimate accelerant and standing near her interception pylons increases her tactical ability recharge.
- Tactical Ability: Wattson’s tactical ability allows her to connect nodes to create electrified fences that slow down enemies and causes them to take damage.
- Ultimate Ability: Wattson’s ultimate ability, ‘Interception Pylon,’ allows her to place an electrified pylon that destroys any incoming ordinance and also repairs damage shields for the duration of the pylon.
- New Weapon: L-Star: The L-Star is a rare light machine gun (LMG). The weapon will produce high-damage plasma projectiles at a fast, cyclic rate. The weapon can only be found in care packages that drop randomly and sporadically as a match progresses. The gun will overheat if players hold down the trigger button for too long, and the weapon comes with limited ammo and cannot be replaced.
- Improved Battle Pass: Season 2 comes with a revamped battle pass system that is said to offer valuable and meaningful rewards. Players will complete daily and weekly challenges in order to earn in-game items and rewards.
- Map Changes: King’s Canyon, the arena where players compete for ultimate victory, is going to change in Season 2. Specific locations, such as Repulsor, have been destroyed as a result of an EMP explosion being triggered by an unknown individual. This has caused the island’s indigenous creatures to return. The actual changes to the map will only be known when the update goes live.
- Ranked Leagues: Ranked leagues will be introduced in Season 2. This new competitive update will see players competing to rank up the different competitive tiers. All players will start at the Bronze tier and work their way up through the Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond tiers in succession in order to reach the ultimate tier: Apex Predator. Players who compete in the Ranked Leagues will receive exclusive rewards and in-game items.
- New Cosmetics: The in-game store will offer new cosmetics on a more regular basis than in Season 1.
- New Hop-ups: Hop-ups are weapon attachments that improve or enhance the weapon according to how the player wants to use the weapon.
- Disruptor Rounds: Disruptor rounds will increase damage against shields, and are only compatible with the Alternator and RE-45 weapons.
- Hammerpoint Rounds: Hammerpoint rounds will increase unshielded damage to players (players who do not have shields), and are only compatible with the P2020 and Mozambique weapons.
- New Weapon Attachments: The new season will include the extended magazine attachment for energy weapons (Havoc; Devotion; Triple Take). The attachment will reduce reload time and increase ammo capacity.
- Gold Weapons: Gold weapons are fully-kitted weapons that players can find across the map. These weapons are incredibly rare. Season 2 will come with new sets of gold weapons for players to find.
Apex Legends launched on 4 February 2019 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching 10 million players in 72 hours and 50 million players in a month. Season 1: Wild Frontier released on 19 March 2011 to generally negative reviews from critics and players alike. Players felt that the Season 1 Battle Pass offered lacklustre rewards and the new Season brought very little in terms of changes to the core gameplay, or the game as a whole. Respawn Entertainment received criticism for not releasing content for the game after launch, causing the player base to dwindle and move on to other games. The community have also criticized Respawn for not communicating with their player base.
Respawn Entertainment has said that they have taken all the criticism and worked to improve Season 2. “We’ve seen all the feedback on Season 1 and look forward to showing you the improvements we’re making. For Season 2 you can expect a Battle Pass with more meaningful content, the introduction of a new Legend, the debut of a new weapon . . . and you didn’t expect Kings Canyon to stay the same forever, did you?” said Executive Producer on Apex Legends Drew McCoy in an update on the game. ” We need to provide more visibility into the future, and what we’re working on. That doesn’t mean we’re going to start telling folks everything they want to know when they want to know it, but you can expect more transparency on future updates and fewer surprise drops,” McCoy added.
Edited by Kojo Essah
Follow Kojo Essah on Twitter
Follow IT News Africa on Twitter