Written By: Steve Vegvari
EA held their EA Play 2019 show during the week of E3. During the four-hour long stream, Respawn Entertainment’s Drew McCoy took the stage to outline Respawn’s Apex Legends plans and updated us on Season 2. On July 2nd, Season 2 which is being titled “Battle Charge” will begin. Season 2 will introduce a new weapon, new skins, and a brand new Legend.
The new weapon Respawn Entertainment touched on was the L-Star, which fans may remember from Titanfall 2. The L-Star is a light machine gun and is powerful enough to destroy doors.
The Season 2’s Battle Pass will introduce new skins to unlock. A legendary skin for Caustic–the Prince of Darkness skin and Octane’s new Jade Tiger skin appear. The Spitfire and R-301 will also receive new skins through the completion of Battle Pass challenges.
The real meat of the announcements was the unveiling of the tenth Legend, Wattson. Enriching the story and lore of Apex Legends, Wattson is given a short animated video. Narrated by Wattson’s father, we learned that Wattson has been growing up in the Kings Canyon arena. Wattson’s father has been an integral part of the arena’s creation.
With every addition of a new Legend, new composition opportunities open up. Wattson is a defensive/support Legend and has a few interesting skills up her sleeve.
For starters, Wattson’s tactical ability is laying down up to 12 electric fence posts. An electric barrier will flow between, causing damage and slowdown effects to enemies which pass through. Luckily, allies, whether downed or not, passing through the fence will be given safe passage. As an enemy passes through the fence, the entire enemy team location is pinged to Wattson.
Wattson’s ultimate lets her lay down an “Interceptor Pylon” which blocks a disables throwables and bombardments––think Call of Duty’s trophy system. Teammates close enough to the Interceptor Pylon will also be given a shield recharge. For Wattson, herself, standing close enough to the Interceptor will recharge her tactical ability faster. This will allow her to continue laying down electric fence posts.
Finally, Wattson’s will make you want to start hoarding Ultimate Accelerants. Using an Ultimate Accelerant, Wattson can get immediate access to her ultimate ability.
Based on the short demo video shown, the wheels began turning on how Wattson can bring new strategies for the community to try out. Knowing where the choke points are on the map, you can begin getting creative. Compositions including Wattson and Gibraltar could possibly give your team a way to hunker down in the late game.
On top of Wattson’s introduction and the L-Star, season 2 will be very challenge-based. On criticism of season 1 was how much of a grind it was to get through, Respawn has heard the community. Season 2 will be faster to get through as daily and weekly challenges will stack throughout the season. Battle Charge will also feature double XP events.
Ranked mode will also be arriving at Apex Legends on July 2nd. Six tiers will be available to climb through starting with Bronze and going up until Apex Predator. Tiered-specific matchmaking will also be available for players skilled enough to stay within the ranks.
Respawn ended their time on stage with one final tease. During a sizzle reel, what could possibly be a dragon might be coming to Apex Legends. However, Respawn’s Drew McCoy did say: “Perhaps a couple of big things are coming to Kings Canyon at the start of season 2.”
We personally can’t wait for Apex Legends Battle Charge to launch next month. For more on Apex Legends, keep it locked to Inside WorldGaming Network.
About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.