Apex Legends season 3: New map, start date announced

Apex Legends season 3, dubbed Meltdown, is just around the corner. The battle royale game is getting a new map, called World’s Edge, and players will have a new playground mode. Along with the map, there’ll be another Legend added to the roster, Crypto, and a new weapon.

In a teaser trailer for the map, we can see both icy and lava-filled battlefields. In a twist on the existing drop ship, there is also a moving train, which should add a very interesting mobile element to World’s Edge. Respawn says the location, alongside its new legend Crypto, will be arriving with season three next week on October 1st.

As Dexerto points out, fans are invited to ‘drop in and put enemies on ice’. The Italian translation is even more telling, describing a situation where players can “eliminate enemies and explore lava and ice scenarios”.

At the very least, fans can expect some weather changes and map tweaks in Season 3. Alternatively, Respawn could be gearing up to introduce a brand new map.

In fact, we have already been given a look at the map in previously released Apex Legends artwork.

Concept art for Medic character Lifeline (below) shows the Legend scaling a cliff face in a snowy planet with an active volcano in the background.

It’s possible this planet of fire and ice is Lifeline’s home world of Psamathe.

Apex Legends Season 2 improved a lot on what was an admittedly underwhelming first season, bringing a much better battle pass, a ranked mode, and the new legend Wattson.

Season 3 will be aiming to step the game up once more, and we already know there will be a new legend and weapon, but it’s the long-term content plans that will be crucial.

Who Is The New “Legend”?

Thanks to the work of dataminers, we’ve been aware of Crypto’s existence for a while after having first seen ten leaked images of unreleased or work in progress characters including who would eventually become Octane and Wattson, released in season one and two respectively. Players then uncovered a laptop in-game and questions were raised about whether they would be able to interact with it much like the jump pads that appeared before Octane’s release. So far this hasn’t been the case however Apex Legends leaker That1MiningGuy has said Crypto will have an ability that will hack into objects using laptops scattered around the map, much like Pathfinder’s “Insider Knowledge” passive.

Here’s a list of Crypto’s abilities according to the game files:

Tactical: Aerial Drone – Surveillance camera drone, lasts for 40 seconds, 200 meter range. Can be destroyed. Can hack doors, loot bins and pick up banners with drone.

Passive: Neuro Link – Crypto and teammates see what surveillance drone detect up to 30 meters away.

Ultimate: Weapon Drone EMP – Charge up an EMP blast from your drone. Deals shield damage, slows enemys and disables all traps.

Apex Legends can be difficult to get to grips with. There are a lot of different characters each with their own abilities and skills, plus this battle royale arguably leans more heavily on strategy and teamwork than some of its competitors.

Get ahead of the pack with our selection of Apex Legends guides, designed to help you become a champion.

If Respawn holds true to tradition, then the battle pass should cost 950 Apex Coins, which is about $9.50 USD. If you’ve completed most of the Season 2 battle pass, you should already have that much saved up. If not, you’ll need to either buy the Apex Coins with real-world money or earn them by leveling up and unlocking loot boxes.

Respawn has previously priced new characters at 12,000 Legend Tokens / 750 Apex Coins, which is about $7.50 USD, so Crypto will most likely be the same. If you’re like me and you’ve been steadily playing Apex Legends throughout Season 2, then you should have almost triple the number of Legend Tokens you need. You probably have more Legend Tokens than you know what to do with. Otherwise, like the battle pass, you’ll have to drop real-world money or unlock loot boxes to earn enough Apex Coins.

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