Apex Legends jumped into the battle royale scene out of nowhere in February 2019 when the sport launched on the identical day that the very first trailers have been launched. Quick-forward a few yr and a half later, and Apex Legends Season 7 is about to start.
Twinfinite was invited to attend a web-based preview occasion for Season 7, Ascension. Members of the event group offered particulars on what gamers can count on to see when Ascension goes dwell on Nov. 4.
Season 6 introduced many modifications to the sport, however Respawn is bringing much more this time round within the type of a brand new map, a brand new character, and a brand new Membership characteristic.
The brand new map, Olympus, is a futuristic metropolis positioned excessive above the clouds. In contrast to King’s Canyon and World’s Edge, Olympus really seems like a metropolis that individuals would dwell in.
It’s much less of a Hammond drill web site or mission, and extra of an area that’s meant to be lived in by civilians. This reveals with the dual skyscrapers, metropolis plaza, and laboratory areas.
This cityscape makes for a extra “busy” setting for Apex Legends Season 7. Lots of the factors of curiosity inside the map are close to each other, linking collectively seamlessly. This makes them really feel much more lived-in.
Even the “unfavourable house” like grassy plains, or minimalist parks add to the map’s character. Senior Stage Designer Dave Osei defined that the purpose for every map is to present it its personal character. The group definitely succeeded with Olympus.
One other distinctive piece of Olympus is the Trident – a car that’s solely accessible on this map. When you’ve ever spent a whole match working from one nook of a map to the opposite, the Trident is your answer in Apex Legends Season 7.
The Trident feels fairly quick for its dimension. It’ll simply get you the place you must go very quickly in any respect. It additionally seems to be tanky despite the fact that it controls easily, which is fascinating as a result of it might’t be destroyed except you drive it off the sting of the map.
It’s an effective way to get from place to put rapidly for rotations whereas doubtlessly inflicting mayhem in every single place you go. Sure talents like Rampart’s turret and Gibraltar’s dome defend might be hooked up to Tridents to make them efficient whereas on the go.
When you’re on the receiving finish of that Trident mayhem, you’ll be able to quickly put a cease to it by hitting the Trident with arc stars, and even Wattsons fences.
Osei additionally said that Olympus is bigger than King’s Canyon, however smaller than World’s Edge. One of many objectives with the Tridents on Olympus was to make the map sufficiently small in order that the automobiles aren’t completely crucial, however massive sufficient that they’d nonetheless really feel helpful.
When you don’t need to use the Tridents to get round Olympus, you’ll be able to at all times use the Section Runner portals to teleport to completely different areas. This teleport system runs in a hoop across the map, so it’ll let you journey lengthy distances nearly immediately.
Dr. Mary Somers is becoming a member of the Apex Video games as the brand new Legend, Horizon, in Season 7. She’s an astrophysicist with just a few gravity-related powers.
Horizon can throw down gravity lifts, permitting her group to get an enormous vertical increase. Although, probably the most enjoyable method to make use of them is to throw them beneath opponents to ship them flying, turning them into straightforward targets.
Her passive skill provides her extra management in mid-air, simply in case you do really need to use her tactical skill for its meant use. It actually seems like a extra futuristic model of Octane’s bounce pads.
Lastly, Horizon’s final skill permits her to create a micro black gap together with her robotic companion NEWT. It sucks different squads right into a single space, supplying you with the prospect to do severe injury with weapons, grenades, and different talents.
The black gap appears nearly too sturdy in some methods. When you’re ever unfortunate sufficient to get caught in a single, you’ll have a tough time determining what’s happening visually. You’ll be able to dash to finally escape the pull, however chances are you’ll simply be lifeless earlier than you’ll be able to succeed.
The largest new characteristic in Apex Legends Season 7 that doesn’t immediately contain gameplay is the addition of Golf equipment.
Recreation Designer Chad Armstrong went in-depth on what precisely the Golf equipment will imply for gamers. They’re basically a smaller, extra intimate model of the Networks from Titanfall 2.
Golf equipment permit a most of 30 gamers to group as much as create a small group with the identical objectives, whether or not that be informal matches, ranked mode grinding, or something in between.
When you’d relatively not create your individual Membership, you’ll be able to seek for one utilizing tags to slim down your seek for one which fits your wants. As much as 5 search hashtags might be added to a Membership, together with ones like #MicRequired, #TeamPlayersOnly, #BeginnersWelcome, or #LGBTQIA+Welcome.
Golf equipment look like a pleasant method to keep away from having to play with random gamers. All Golf equipment permit for crossplay becoming a member of, so mates (and future mates) throughout all platforms can turn into members of the identical Golf equipment.
When you’re a part of a Membership, you’ll be able to ship an invitation out to all members with the intention to discover somebody to play with. It’s a way more centered Titanfall 2 Community system that Respawn plans to regulate as crucial sooner or later.
Season 7 of Apex Legends is basically aiming to shake issues up in a mess of how earlier than the sport involves Steam subsequent month, and the Change in 2021. Let’s see how these modifications pan out as soon as Ascension goes dwell.