Apex Legends Just Pulled a Big Fake-Out for its Next Character Reveal [Update]

Apex Legends Just Pulled a Big Fake-Out for its Next Character Reveal [Update]

So long Forge, we hardly knew ye.

Update: Shortly after Respawn released the teaser starring Forge and Revenant, a new deathbox appeared on World's Edge in the Sorting Factory. Open it and you'll receive a new gun charm modeled after Forge's fighting championship medallion. There's no indication of how long the charm will be available for, but with Apex's next season starting in just over a week, you may want to grab it as soon as possible.

Last week, Respawn Entertainment introduced a new character for Apex Legends, and today he got killed off. It seems that the reveal of cocky MMA fighter Forge was all part of a build-up for another character who is likely going to take his spot in the Apex Games: Revenant, a spooky figure who has previously popped up in datamines and Apex lore.

After introducing James "The Forge" McCormick in a developer stream for Apex's next season, Respawn gave the official Apex Twitter account a makeover as "Outlands Television," an in-universe news network. Apex's latest "Stories From the Outlands" animated short, released today, is an Outlands Television interview with Forge that ends abruptly as Revenant pops up and stabs Forge right through the back.

While Respawn has yet to confirm if Revenant is taking Forge's place as season 4's new character, players found both Revenant's first official character portrait and a hidden image of him on the official Apex website following last week's stream. Now, the same site has been updated with a "rest in peace" message for Forge: "Never defeated (except for that one time)."

Unfortunately, the surprise was spoiled for some over the weekend, as fans managed to grab a screenshot of Revenant and Forge during a brief window while the video was accidentally made public. Apart from the leak and other evidence pointing towards Revenant, though, Respawn didn't make it seem like Forge was very long for the world of Apex: some lore tidbits posted via Outlands Television made Forge look like a buffoon, providing a perfect pro-wrestling-esque setup for his sudden demise.

Season 4, Assimilation, will start on Feb. 4, which also happens to be Apex Legends' one year anniversary. Today's the last day to participate in the battle royale's Grand Soiree event, which is wrapping things up with a mode where Apex's regular cast of characters are swapped out for a bunch of crash-test dummies with odd new abilities.

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