Apex Legends Is Bringing Back Its Original Map For a Limited Time

Apex Legends Is Bringing Back Its Original Map For a Limited Time

Seems like Respawn is experimenting with multiple map hoppers.

Respawn Entertainment delivered a big surprise with the launch of Apex Legends' third season when the game's main map switched over from Kings Canyon to World's Edge. Apex's original battle royale arena hasn't returned in a "classic" form since, but that's about to change: on February 21–24, Kings Canyon will be playable alongside World's Edge for a limited time.

This will mark the first time where the two Apex Legends maps are both available for regular battle royale matches. Kings Canyon has reappeared a couple times since the introduction of World's Edge, but only with an at-night makeover in two limited-time modes: the Halloween Shadowfall game mode and for two days during last month's Grand Soiree event.

As the developers of PUBG learned when they introduced its second map, many players don't have qualms about quitting out of matches on a map they don't want to play—anticipating similar behavior, Respawn has kept Apex's regular modes limited to World's Edge since. At the time, project lead Drew McCoy told Stevivor that Respawn would take time to collect data and evaluate how it wants to bring Kings Canyon back. Surely, Respawn will be taking notes on how a weekend-only reintroduction splits the player base.

Since then, many Apex Legends players have been eagerly awaiting the original map's return. While the dynamics of World's Edge have changed over time as Respawn has added new areas, players' love for Kings Canyon abides.

Respawn specifies that this weekend will bring back the Season 1 iteration of Kings Canyon. That means the lumbering Leviathans that encroached on the island in the second season won't be present, nor will areas like Octane's obstacle course or the underground lab that was introduced with Wraith's lore event.

Previously, Respawn announced that Kings Canyon is also set to return later on in season 4 as the main map for ranked play after the mid-season reset. For more on what's new with Apex Legends and Respawn, check out Hirun's impressions of the new Legend Revenant and Caty's interview with Vince Zampella from DICE 2020.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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