Apex Legends enters a new phase of its existence with its Legacy update, adding a new permanent 3v3 mode that expands the game beyond its battle royale roots and becomes something entirely new.
There are high hopes for this new mode which will go live later today, but when? That’s what you’re here for, isn’t it?
Apex Legends: Legacy and the Arenas launches at 10:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. EDT, par for the course for launches like these:
The new Arenas mode will pit two teams of three against each other in a knockout round format where money can be spent on weapons and upgrades between rounds. I framed it as Valorant Meets Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris (and I know a lot of besieged Destiny players are jumping in to try it out today).
The mode brings with it a host of custom maps specially designed to support it, and no doubt more will come in the future. Legacy also brings more traditional season offerings like a battle pass, a new Valkyrie hero, and a new bow weapon for use in battle.
Respawn has been shooting all cylinders for EA these days with Apex Legends recently going through 100 million players and sucking more or less all the oxygen out of Blizzard’s Overwatch while going with Call of Duty: Warzone at the same. time. Respawn has also released the famous Jedi: Fallen Order, is working on a sequel to it, as well as some sort of mysterious “forever adventure” game that we know little about. In short, they’re one of EA’s best assets that isn’t a money-printing sports title.
Apex Legends probably has a long-term future ahead of it, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a media property soon enough here, as we see studios starting to pick up games for anime, movies, or other offerings. . For now, however, he wants to see how this new Arenas mode plays out and if he could develop esports potential on the road. I guess it does, and we’ll see how it’s received and balanced later today when the Legacy update goes live. Stay tuned, and I’ll have some impressions once I get my hands on it, probably tomorrow at the earliest.
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