The classic battle royale experience: you drop into a map with hardly any gear and spend the first minute or so in a rush to loot. Some games, like Call of Duty: Warzone, do you the kindness of giving you a starter weapon—in others, you'd be blessed to have a paperclip to your name. Apex Legends usually starts you out with just your fists and abilities, but soon it'll be experimenting with some big twists in the Battle Armor event.
Starting on Tuesday, April 28 and lasting until Tuesday, May 12 (when Apex will launch its fifth season), the Battle Armor mode will drop plays into World's Edge with Armor and a P2020 pre-equipped. There'll be no armor available on the map, so you're stuck with whatever protective gear you've got or happen to find on dead players. Shield cells, weapons, and other items will still spawn regularly.
In another twist, the Battle Armor mode itself will change every few days. First, it'll only feature Level 1 Armor. A few days later, it'll be Level 2 Armor, and then Level 3 after that. The wildest variant will be the last one starting on May 9, an Evo Shields-only mode. That means every player will be able to upgrade their armor by doing damage. If you want to survive the last few fights, you'll be better off getting in fights in the early game to upgrade your shields.
Jason McCord, Apex's design director, says that this is just one way Respawn Entertainment plans "to start experimenting with the core gameplay of Apex Legends." That makes it sound like this could be a testbed for more permanent changes to the game, just as Evo Shields were initially only a temporary feature of the Deja Loot event. Maybe we'll be rocking P2020s at the start of every match soon?
As with the Deja Loot and the Dummies Big Day modes, some of Apex's most interesting events yet have been the ones with the most straightforward changes; no random loot, everyone's the same Legend, and so on. Here's hoping the Battle Armor mode proves to be the same.
The new May 12 end date for Season 4 means it'll last one week longer, giving players a bit more time to complete their battle passes. Hopefully, that doesn't mean we'll have to wait too much longer for some payoff on the teasers Respawn has been planting in the game of late, which will likely lead to a reveal of Season 5's theme and a new Legend.