Electronic Arts in collaboration with Respawn has officially announced the start of season 4 of its popular award-winning Apex Legends battle royale game. As expected, Apex Legends season 4 named “Assimilation” brings new features to keep the audience interest in this FPS shooter.
Apex Legends Season 4 is now live starting from 4 February 2020. We see new changes relating to the map, battle pass upgrades, improved characters and much more. Let dive into the details.
The latest Apex Legends season accompanies a flurry of launch trailers that give the audience a glimpse of the direction where the game is headed.
Initially pitted as the PUBG and Fortnite alternative, Apex Legends has since grown to carve out a cult status with a growing community of millions of dedicated players. Here is everything you need to know about what’s coming your way in the first big update of Apex Legends in 2020.
Apex Legends Season 4 [2020 Edition]:
Before you delve into the nitty-gritty details, why not watch the 20 minutes reveal Livestream video featuring folks from Respawn discussing the upcoming challenges, behind-the-scenes information about Apex‘s smash hit debut year. Watch it, below
What’s New In Apex Legends Season 4
Here is a rundown of Season 4:
- New Legend: Forge – Confident yet humble, Forge uses his size, strength, and heavy-duty Shatter Gauntlets to batter his opponents into submission.
- All-New Battle Pass – Over 100 exclusive items including Legendary skins, Apex Packs, Loading Screens, Music Packs, and more!
- New Weapon: Sentinel – Cut through your enemies’ armor before they ever see you coming with this bolt-action sniper rifle.
- Ranked Series 3 – Hone your skills in the new series of Ranked mode. Drop in and discover your true nature. Get more details about Ranked Series 3, right here.
Apex Legends Season 4 Official Launch Trailer And Preview
First Anniversary Gifts And Rewards
Respawn is marking the first anniversary of its hit game by giving away gifts!
Everybody who plays between February 4 and February 11 will be treated with the following free stuff:
- Year 1 Origami Flyer charm
- Year 1 Loyalty badge. 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.
- 10k XP for your first match of the day (available each day)
So don’t forget to log in to your account during this period to maximize your chances to gain powerful upgrades.
The game developer flipflopped, or rather sprang a surprise, by first announcing the introduction of a new character entitled Forge only to release a new video showing that Forge dies.
The whimsical take on the premature demise of potentially a promising hero is encapsulated in the following social media post on EA’s official Twitter account:
A statement from OTV regarding the events that took place earlier today. pic.twitter.com/QvnrrBBRN6
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) January 27, 2020
This brings us to the main reveal, i.e., the main character responsible for killing Forge and who players would get to play this time around. We are talking about a shadowy villain, Revenant
The first look showcases a new character, Revenant, who is a robotic hitman and announces his entry by killing a character previously touted as the new Legend who turned out to be a mere placeholder for the dramatic entry of The Revenant.
Dubbed as “walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh”, its description reads, “Consumed by hate and obsessed with revenge, Revenant uses unnatural abilities to haunt his enemies and defy death.”
Here is background information about Revenant for you:
Revenant used to be human. He was the greatest hitman the Mercenary Syndicate ever had. But when his programming eventually failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into: a walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh. The return of Hammond Robotics to the Outlands has renewed his thirst for vengeance, and he won’t stop until they’re all dead. Of course, he doesn’t mind eviscerating a few Legends along the way.
A human hitman turned into a nightmare simulacrum, Revenant has been dealing death for centuries. The return of Hammond Robotics to the Outlands has given him a new target. Now his synthetics sights are set on the company that created him and any Legends who cross his path.
Revenant throws out Silence devices to disable other Legends’ abilities and make them easy prey. And with his ability to scale obstacles and crouch-walk with unnatural speed, nowhere is safe. Revenant can even rescue his squadmates from death itself — as long they’re useful to him. Become a killing machine and teach your foes the meaning of fear.
Check out Revenant’s abilities, below:
There seems to be plenty to explore about this new character.
This season players can get heir hands on the powerful bolt-action sniper rifle called The Sentinel.
Developers are calling it a “charge mechanic” – a fire mode alternative to add an element of “decision making” into the mix.
Gear up for the Apex Legends Season 4 Battle Pass:
Here is the battle pass description:
Reveal your true nature Season 4 with the new Battle Pass! Instantly access free exclusive Legendary items like the Zero Point R-99 skin and three new Epic Legends skins. Then battle through Daily and Weekly Challenges to earn unique rewards like Apex Packs, XP Boosts, Crafting Metals, Gun Charms & Apex Coins. Keep personalizing your experience with custom Music Packs, Loading Screens, Skydive Emotes, Quips and more! Get your new Season 4 Battle Pass or grab the bundle and instantly unlock the first 25 levels. The Assimilation has arrived — adapt or perish.
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Ranked Series 3
The ranked series gets a new ranked tier called Master which will be above Diamond. Top 500 players on each platform will receive Apex Predator to unleash in the battle arena.
The series will be split into two. Players will see their ranks reset every six weeks. In the end, players will be elevated to the highest tier they managed to reach across the two halves. Upon reaching the same tier at the end of both splits, players will get an animated badge as a mark of achievement in each tier.
Both of the two splits will play out on a different map:
- World’s Edge Map – Split 1 (February 3 – March 23)
- King’s Canyon Map – Split 2 (March 24 – May 5)
The assist point reward system undergoes some tweaks in this year’s update.
Apex Legends Season 4 Gameplay Walkthrough Footage
Here is short gameplay footage showcasing Revenant in killing abilities:
Wait, there is more. Here are some of the major changes to the World’s End in Season 4. You can find a full rundown of the changes here:
The Planet Harvester
As you drop into World’s Edge, you’ll immediately see the Planet Harvester, which Hammond Robotics are using to gather precious metals from the core of the planet. The red beam can be seen from the entire island, giving players a better sense of directionality and understanding of the center of the map.
With its large, multi-level design the Planet Harvester is unlike anything else on World’s Edge and brings exciting new gameplay options to the game. Fights are largely self-contained as squads will tend to enter the fight through the long hallways that lead to the center of the structure. This should make 3rd parties a little more predictable and hopefully easier to defend against.
Capitol City Splits in Two
Capitol City was the biggest POI in Season 3, getting the most action right out of the ship. By sending the fissure straight through Capitol City and creating some dead space in between (swallowing up one of the construction buildings as well), we essentially split this area into two separate zones for players to land in and loot: Fragment East and Fragment West.
The large fissure can only be crossed in two locations (a zipline, or a fallen skyscraper bridge). This allows teams some breathing room to control one side after the drop, reducing the risk of running into 3rd parties from the other side of the city. Is the construction site too hot for you? Land in Fragment East and use a Wattson or a Caustic to control the choke points for extra security. Of course, Pathfinder and Octane can both use their ultimates to get their teams across at any location.
If you jump into the fissure that cuts through Capitol City you’ll slowly be carried back up from the heated, pressurized air, and allowed to coast across and land on the other side. This is balanced by two things. First, you take 25 damage from the intense heat and embers floating inside. This is a consistent amount of damage every time you drop back down. Second, you travel very slowly, in third person, while moving in the updraft. You are essentially a flying loot piñata for any nearby enemy players.
This is a new, small POI in the snowy fields between the Epicenter and Skyhook. This is another camp created to relieve the pressure of locations like Capitol City, Refinery and Epicenter. It also creates some potentially new rotations, like moving through the train tunnel to get to Skyhook. Because this is a small POI, we wanted to give it a little more of a draw. For this reason, we created Weapon Racks.
These are guaranteed weapons placed on racks in the small buildings of Survey Camp. You’ll recognize them from Training or the Firing Range. his should give players who prioritize a good weapon over a premier drop location a new decision to make. We’re always excited to try flipping Battle Royale rules on their heads, and we look forward to seeing how this feature influences where players drop.
So this is a comprehensive rundown of major improvements in Apex Legends Season 4 for the first half of 2020. Apex Legends is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Season 4 kicks off on February 4.
We will keep updating this post to reflect new changes that might come along the way. Stay tuned and leave your feedback about this season in the comments section below.