If you're not so hot on dropping into Kings Canyon these days, it looks like Apex Legends might be introducing something cool for you at the start of Season 3. Respawn Entertainment says it generally plans to kick off seasons of its battle royale with a new Legend and a "major map update," and some of the teases related to the new character Crypto have fans wondering if he'll make his debut alongside a brand new map set on a totally different planet.
A mix of datamined information, scraps of lore, and some eyebrow-raising references to fire and ice have some players thinking that Apex Legends will introduce a new map set on the planet Psamanthe. Two of the game's Legends, Lifeline and Octane, were born on Psamanthe, and some concept art from Respawn's Tu Bui depicts Lifeline rappelling down an icy cliff with an active volcano far off in the distance. In July, Apex Legends dataminer That1MiningGuy found some unused files referencing lava and snow in the game.
If that concept art is indeed set on Psamanthe, then those files, Season 3's name ("Meltdown"), and some curious hot and cold emojis from Respawn senior animator Moy Parra could be hinting that we'll get a better look at the planet soon.
Bolstering this theory are some hints about Crypto's behind-the-scenes meddling with the Apex Games so far. Currently, the official Apex Legends Twitter account has been made to look like it has been hacked by Crypto. In a faux-encrypted Twitter message addressed to his mother, Crypto mentions that he destroyed the Repulsor Tower at the start of Apex Legend's second season in the hopes of closing down Kings Canyon. Crypto seems to hope that forcing the games to move to another planet will get him closer to the Syndicate, the group that runs the games and that framed him for the disappearance of a close friend in his origin story video.
So far, Kings Canyon has seen some fairly monumental changes throughout Season 2, but Respawn's general promises concerning season launches don't rule out the addition of brand new maps. Way back in February when Apex Legends launched, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella told GamesBeat that Apex would receive new maps in the future, but we haven't heard anything else on the subject since.
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