Developer EA and Respawn Entertainment have dropped an official trailer of the upcoming Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy update showcasing gameplay details. As you can see in the clip shared below, the latest chapter in the epic Apex Legends game series introduces a new 3v3 arenas mode, a hero named Valkyrie, and much more.
As expected, the released video confirms the addition of highly-anticipated arenas mode. In terms of availability duration, the new Arenas mode will form an integral part of the overall playing experience from now on.
Whether you have signed up for a pre-registered beta to play confirmed Apex Legends mobile on smartphones and tablets running Android firmware or already have it on PC or console, the competitive 3v3 mode will keep improving with each successive update.
Gone is the ability to revive teammates. However, it is possible to upgrade weapons before rejoining the action in the next round. Check how Arenas mode plays out, below.
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Read the following passage for more information about Arenas matches and how they will work in the Apex Legends Legacy Season 9 update…
Arenas is a new permanent game mode coming to Apex Legends. It condenses the chaos of 20-squad Battle Royale matches down into more focused 3v3 combat. You’ll face off against the enemy without any other squads coming to crash the party—allowing you to focus on surviving and winning the fight. You’ll compete over multiple rounds, striving to be the last squad standing each time.
Before every round starts, you’ll use materials earned during the previous round to get and upgrade weapons, as well as ordnance and healing supplies. After customizing your loadout and preparing for the round, you’ll jump straight into the action with your gear. If you’re eliminated in a round, your squadmates won’t be able to respawn you, but you’ll be ready to fight again at the start of the next round. Of course, you can still revive knocked teammates. Rounds are won when you kill all players on the enemy squad. Then the next round begins, and the cycle repeats until an overall match winner is crowned.
Winning an Arenas Match
To win an Arenas match, you need to win at least three rounds and be ahead of the enemy team by two points. Let’s talk about what that looks like in practice! The easiest way is to win three rounds without dropping more than one round to your opponent. In other words, go 3-0 or 3-1 and the match is over.
However, if your opponent is able to win at least two rounds, things get interesting. You’ll have to pull ahead by two full rounds to win. Going 3-2 or 4-3 won’t cut it. Instead, you’ll have to go 4-2 or 5-3 to secure victory. Rounds will continue until one team pulls ahead by two rounds. If this continues all the way to the ninth round (by going 4-4) the game kicks into sudden death mode. Whoever wins round nine takes home all the glory.
Gear Up for Battle
Win or lose, each round starts fresh with base equipment and some materials to use. Decide how you want to approach the upcoming round by using your materials to get weapons, upgrade them, and pick up any additional supplies you need. The bar is raised every round as more materials are awarded than the previous round, giving you more options and letting you upgrade further as the match progresses. (Don’t worry, materials can’t be purchased—you’ve got to earn them by playing and completing rounds.)
Use your Ultimate and Tactical abilities wisely, as you’ll have a limited number of uses each round, instead of recharging indefinitely like other modes. Legends start with some Tactical charges, but additional charges and Ultimate abilities can be purchased with materials when customizing your loadout. This allows more Legends to be made viable in Arenas, and forces characters with very strong tacticals (like Bloodhound) to make choices between weapon upgrades or more tactical charges. Don’t worry, unused Ultimate and Tactical charges will carry over to the next round.
Apparently, new changes offer a much-needed twist to the existing gameplay mechanics we are already familiar with. Arenas battles in Apex Legends will unfold in different battlefields, some taken out from the existing maps, some originally designed from scratch.
Party Crasher takes place in a luxurious, downtown plaza where players can choose to engage on the crashed Voyage, or the opulent two story buildings that make up the plaza. The map is varied, with each side playing to different strengths and offering a wide range of options. The downtown plaza is well connected, pushing players to make quick decisions within its many flanking options, while the Voyage sits up high, offering great sightlines and positions for those that wish to play from further distances.
Phase Runner is a hidden, experimental zone at the peak of a mountain. The large center is very open, offering plenty of long sightlines to find your enemy. This contrasts the industrial points of interests, which focuses combat to be mid/close range. From either spawn, players can take the prototype phase runner to gain almost immediate access to an area and begin combat quickly. Construction wasn’t completed on the other side, so players will fight through the abandoned space that offers various engagement ranges and multiple flanking options.
BR Arena Locations
In addition to the two new maps, other areas from our three BR maps will be thrown into a bi-weekly rotation, giving you five maps total for Arenas. At the start you’ll get Artillery from Kings Canyon, Thermal Station from World’s Edge, and Golden Gardens from Olympus.
Players can access the Apex Legends Arenas mode starting from the Legacy season, which will also unveil the new legendary character Valkyrie, the battle pass as usual along with other enhancements.
Apx Legends is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch. On PS5 ad Xbox Series X|S, you can get it via backward compatibility. The Legacy season update releases on 4 May.