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26 May

Follow the trail to glory with the Pathfinder Edition. It’s locked and loaded with everything you’ll want for your next expedition. Whatever dangers the journey ahead holds, you’ll meet them head on with a super cool bandana, back-in-fashion camo shorts, and a can-do attitude. Check out the full list below and meet danger with a smile!

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15 May

You didn’t come here for second place -- you came to rule the Arena, no matter how many outfits it takes. Change into s...

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12 May

Season 5 Map Updates

16 days ago - The Apex Legends team on News - Thread - Direct

Hey all! I’m Davis Standley, one of the level designers on Apex Legends. Kings Canyon is undergoing some pretty big changes for Season 5 - Fortune’s Favor, and I wanted to break down some of the decisions that shaped the map update into what it is.

Kings Canyon is a map with lots of history, and we wanted to make a bold change to how it would play in Season 5. In the end, we made way more than one. In Season 5, Kings Canyon is a new beast, forever changed by the actions of Loba and the Syndicate.



Our primary goal for Season 5 was to change the map flow. We wanted to create something to be mastered within a map that players knew very well. We’re trying to accomplish this in two ways. The first was sinking Skull Town and Thunderdome. It’s a big change, but we hope that by removing them, other parts of the map will shine. The Broken Coast now stretches from Octane’s Gauntlet all the way to the cliffs leading into Water Treatme...

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Season 5 Patch Notes

16 days ago - The Apex Legends team on News - Thread - Direct

Hey Legends,

We’re as excited as you are about the upcoming launch of Season 5 – Fortune’s Favor. From new Legend Loba, to the extensive updates to Kings Canyon, to the new Season Quests, we wanted to give you a high-level overview of all the changes we’re bringing to the game when Season 5 launches. We’re also making plenty of smaller buffs, tweaks, and fixes too. 

Be sure to check those out and give yourself an edge before you drop in to pursue your fortune on May 12!

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08 May

Hi all. I'm Rayme Vinson, a designer here on Apex Legends, and today I get to tell you about something new we've been cooking up for Season 5...


Fortune’s Favor

Season 5 of Apex Legends is a big one! It’s a season about adventure, digging up the past, and change - and the translocating thief Loba is an agent of that change. It’s her misadventures under Kings Canyon that caused the destruction of Skull Town, her vendetta that brings her to the games now, and her relentless drive that will push all the Legends into a new endeavor: our first Season Quest.

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Hey Apex Legends fans,

Now you can share your Apex love for all your friends and coworkers to see! Check out our assortment of Kings Canyon and Worlds Edge backgrounds, and add them as your backdrop to liven up your video chats. You might even discover a potential squad member in the virtual crowd. Download the backgrounds here or check out the updated media page on our website for a larger selection.

We also wanted to share some of our favorite Apex art you can use as desktop backgrounds or just to print out and admire. If you want to make a little shrine to Mirage, hey, that’s your business.

Check out the media page for a variety of videos, stills, trailers, and backgrounds, now all in ...

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30 Apr

Greetings from your Apex Legends™ Ranked designers. We’re back again to talk about Ranked Leagues Series 4 for Apex Legends. As usual, we’ll take a look at our goals, talk about some results, and detail how Ranked Leagues will work when Season 5 - Fortune’s Favor launches.


  • Splits are working well. Staying with ~6 weeks of ranked play before a reset
  • Tier and Apex Predator separation worked as intended.
  • reset gave a good incentive to keep playing.
  • Switching maps mid season helped keep things interesting. Will persist.

Series 3 Results

Let’s quickly review our goals for Ranked and comment a bit on some of the Series 3 performance results. Ranked is feeling pretty consistent from season to season, but we will keep tuning things as needed!

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            As of April 23rd we have the following distribution am...
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24 Apr

Hi everyone,

I’m Jason McCord, Design Director on Apex Legends.


Throughout the last year we’ve heard many fun ideas from our fans about different ways to play Apex Legends. One of my favorites has been suggested countless times, and even more so when we introduced the Evo Shields in The System Override Event.


I’m excited to announce that starting Tuesday, April 28 we’re introducing a new limited-time mode called Battle Armor. The Battle Armor event takes place on World’s Edge and will evolve over 14 days in the lead up to Season 5, with a new twist on armor every few days. 


Here’s how it’ll play out: during the event rotation only one armor type will be available, and players will drop into the match with it already equipped. Players will also drop with a P2020. All armor will be removed from the loot pool, but shield cells and batteries, as well as all the other sweet, sweet loot, will still be available (just not ...

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15 Apr

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07 Apr

Old Ways Event Patch Notes

about 2 months ago - The Apex Legends team on News - Thread - Direct

Starting on April 7th, Duos will be added to the game alongside Trios, as well a permanent map rotation that gives players the ability to play Duos or Trios on Kings Canyon and Worlds Edge.

Since the launch of Apex Legends, we’ve introduced Duos a few times as a limited-time mode, and overall it’s had a positive effect on the game’s health in regards to queue times and gameplay systems in addition to reinforcing teamplay (something that is paramount to every design decision we make for Apex Legends). So with the 4.2 update we are excited to be adding it as a permanent mode alongside Trios (Duos will not be available in Ranked).

Now, what about Solos? When we introduced Solos as a limited-time mode last year we saw it actually negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention. We’ve also purposely designed Legends and their abilities to compliment teamplay and squad composition, but when played Solo some Legend ...

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02 Apr

Hey all, SaladGuy-RSPN here with an overview of the Old Ways Lore Event, which runs April 7 - April 21 but before I jump into those details I wanted to share some exciting news with you.

Starting on April 7, Duos will be added to the game alongside Trios, as well a permanent map rotation that gives players the ability to play Duos or Trios on Kings Canyon and Worlds Edge.

In addition to Duos and Kings Canyon coming on April 7, we also have a brand-new limited-time event - The Old Ways Lore Event, which features:

  • New Town Takeover - Bloodhound’s Trials
  • Exclusive Event Prize Track
  • Direct Purchase Shop
    • New Event Limited Cosmetics
    • Return of Legendary Hunt Skins


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17 Mar

Looking to get lucky with Mirage this St. Patrick’s Day? Of course you are! Everyone is (according to Mirage, anyway). Well, you’re in … luck. Get wildly overdressed for the occasion with the Lucky Charmer skin. You’ll have the rest of the crowd seeing double and spinning in circles as you dazzle them with your dashing red beard. They’ll never match your get-up, but you can be sure they’ll be green with envy. 

He’s turning over a new four-leaf clover!

Lucky Charmer Mirage is available March 17 – April 16. Check out the Apex Legends Twitch Prime page to grab ...

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02 Mar

The System Override Event runs March 3rd to the 17th.

  • Limited Time Mode - Deja Loot
    • Deja Loot is a unique take on the Apex games where “random” is a dirty word. A glitch in the system has caused all loot to spawn in the same location every match for the duration of the event. Even the plane path and circle locations will be fixed for this mode, which will change on a daily basis while the loot location stays the same for the whole event.
      • Features new equipment type: Evo Shield [see below for details]
      • The first week will be played on World’s Edge and the second week we’ll go back to Kings Canyon
    • New equipment type: Evo Shield
      • When you pick up Evo Shield it will start out weaker than a Common Body Shield (White), but as you do damage to non-downed players throughout the match it can become even stronger than Epic Body Shields (Purple). Evo Shields change color as they progress...
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27 Feb

Hey all, SaladGuy-RSPN here with an overview of the System Override Collection Event, which runs March 3 - March 17.

What’s in the System Override Event:

  • Limited Time Mode - Déjà Loot
    • Featuring for a limited-time the return of Kings Canyon debut of a new equipment type: Evo Shield
    • The first week will be played on World’s Edge and the second week we’ll go back to Kings Canyon
  • Exclusive Event Prize Track with two Legendary Weapon skins
  • 24 Event Limited premium cosmetic available directly or through System Override Event Packs
  • Octane Heirloom Set Preview
    • Unlock all 24 System Override cosmetics during the event and unlock the Octane Heirloom set for free
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18 Feb

You’re either predator or prey in the Arena. Get a drop on your slow-moving foes with the...

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10 Feb

Hey All,

SaladGuy-RSPN here to tell you about the Valentine's Day Rendezvous, which runs February 12 - February 19.

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07 Feb

Roses are red, Revenant’s skin is too, and he’ll never, ever stop hunting you! Everybody's favorite sinister simulacrum is ditching the skins of his enemies for this flowery alternative. Revenant may be literally heartless, but you can still fall in love with his blood-red bouquet display! Dress to impale and get up close and personal with the other Legends this February. You’ll truly take their breath away -- forever!

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03 Feb

Hi! I’m Jason McCord, Design Director on Apex Legends. With Apex Legends Season 4 - Assimilation fast approaching, I wanted to share with you some of the design decisions that drove the Season 4 map updates to World's Edge.

Our main goal for a map update, on the design side, is to get players to make new decisions.

By the end of a season, you probably have your favorite spot, or spots, to land. You might prefer to rotate out of your drop location in a certain direction which in turns makes a lot of your games feel similar as the season progresses.

Our goal as Designers is to offer new ways for you to approach the game, and in this case the map, so that each drop, rotation, and gunfight feels as fresh as possible. Here are a few things we're doing in Season 4 to hopefully help achieve that.

The Planet Harvester

As you drop into World's Edge, you'll immediately see the Planet Harvester, which Hammond Robotics are usin...

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23 Jan

Hey Legends,

SaladGuy-RSPN here to introduce the Apex Legends™ Anniversary Gift. 

The first year of Apex Legends has been a truly crazy experience and it has been an honor to see such a huge fan response to the game. As a thank you, we wanted to give a gift to all our players who’ve been along on the journey with us.

For the first week of Season 4 - Assimilation (Feb 4, 2020 - Feb 11, 2020), anyone who logs in during that time will receive the Anniversary Gift, which includes:

  • Year 1 Origami Flyer charm (if you’ve got any ideas for cotton, please let us know)
  • Year 1 Loyalty badge
  • 10k XP for your first match of the day (available each day)

The Loyalty badge comes in 3 different flavors depending on when you took your first leap from the drop ship, so feel free to flex on all your latecomer buddies.

Thank you again for all of your support over the past year, we ha...

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Hey everyone! Apex Legends™ Ranked designers here and we’re back to talk about Ranked Leagues Series 3 for Apex Legends. We’ll revisit our goals, talk about some results, and detail how Ranked Leagues will work when Season 4 - Assimilation launches on February 4.

  • Moving to Splits per season, ~6 weeks of ranked play before a reset
  • Adding Master Tier, Apex Predator becomes top 500 players by platform.
  • Soft reset and scoring are the same, but soft reset is every split.
  • Dive trails will be moving to a seasonal reward model, but Series 1 & 2 players are grandfathered in


Series 2 Results

We want to quickly review our four goals for Ranked and comment a bit on some of the Series 2 results so far. We’ll keep improving the ranked system as we go!

  • Create a True Measure of Skill in Apex Legends

    As of January 10, 2020 we have the following distribution among players who played more than 5...

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17 Jan

He’s been called a mad scientist, but the only thing that’s insane is how good Caustic looks in his new threads. Caustic’s outfit will have his subjects gasping with delight. Or gasping, anyway. ‘Cause while their skin’s dissolving, his is on fleek. And it’s yours free with a Twitch Prime membership. That’s just the kind of guy he is.

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09 Jan

You are cordially invited to two weeks of refined mayhem. We are pleased to offer fresh game modes every two days, from golden oldies to exotic new additions. Partake in a rollicking event prize track, earn exquisite rewards, and peruse the event shop for an array of Art Deco inspired cosmetics and outfits. Dress code: Formal Skins. To elaborate on the event we have Brad Pettigrew, Product Manager for Apex Legends.


Hey all, SaladGuy-RSPN back to walk you through the Grand Soirée Arcade Event, which brings back the Roaring Twenties starting on January 14 - January 28.

What’s in the Grand Soirée Arcade Event

  • Limited-Time Mode Arcade
    • Experience a different limited-time mode every two days, including familiar favorites and new...
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17 Dec

Big news for all Apex Legends fans and competitors! We’re excited to reveal the Apex Legends Global Series – a collection of official, highly-competitive events that will bring together contenders at all levels from around the globe on PC. If you’re ready to rise to the challenge and compete to become a living legend, we’ve got the info you need!

TL;DR - Apex Legends Global Series Overview

  • Initially features 12 global live events throughout the year
  • The first Online Tournament takes place on January 25, 2020 (event registration coming soon)
  • The first live Major takes place on March 13-15, 2020
  • A total prize pool of more than $3 million
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16 Dec

Tired of hiding in the shadows? Go on the attack with Crypto’s bold new Cyber Attack skin. Breach their defenses and get in their heads with Crypto’s cool violet threads, free with your Twitch Prime membership.

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13 Dec

You’re invited to the Outlands’ biggest holiday celebration, hosted by Mirage on his custom party boat, the Mirage Voyage. Check out the scene and make sure to get the party started. Then it’s all aboard the Winter Express, a new mode where Legends battle it out to capture a special holiday train. To tell you more about the event we have Lee Horn, Director of Product Management for Apex Legends.

Hey All,

Leeeeeee-RSPN here with an overview of the Apex Legends - Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash Collection Event.

Hot off the tail of Player Level cap increases, 154 more Apex Packs that can be earned by level 500 by all players and the introduction of a ton of new gun charms, we’re excited to introduce our latest Collection Event hosted by everyone’s favorite...

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