You probably won't catch a glimpse of it on stream from this weekend's Apex Legends preseason invitational, but there's a progress bar on screens scattered throughout the battle royale's map that appear to be teasing a new announcement. It would make sense for Respawn and EA to show off what's coming in the game's next season during the tournament, and this bar has nearly crossed the finish line.
First noticed a few days ago as Apex Legends entered the latter half of its two week long Voidwalker event, the progress bar can be found on screens in the game's new underground lab area and the two watchtowers looming over the river that cuts through Kings Canyon. The bar has been steadily ticking up progress and is now over 90%, so unless it slows down considerably (we've all been there when downloading or installing something) it should reach 100% during the preseason invitational. The $500,000 prize pool tournament is currently underway in Krakow, Poland, and the finals are scheduled to take place at 5:00pm CET/12:00pm ET on Sunday September 15.
Apex's second season is just over two weeks away from wrapping up, and Respawn has promised that a new playable Legend will be introduced at the start of each season. We got our first details on Wattson close to the end of the game's first season, so it'd make sense to hear about the next character—probably the hacker who brought down the Repulsor tower—sooner rather than later. The second season also added the towering Leviathans and loot-hoarding Flyers to Apex's arena.
A lot of the games at the invitational so far have come down to incredibly small final rings. Most of the teams appear to be running a Wattson for defensive play by relying on her deployable electric fences. Whatever the next season brings, it'll be fascinating to see if it forces a change in Apex's meta at this high level. If you still haven't gotten a handle on Wattson's abilties, our character-specific guide should help you up your game and follow the tournament's action.