We're just under two weeks out from the launch of Apex Legends' fifth season, making today as good a time as any to meet its next character. If you're reading this, then you'll probably meet Loba for the first time through her animated short below. Other Apex players are being met with a surprise when they start up the game: Loba's right there, sneaking around behind the banners in the main menu.
Timed to appear with the release of today's new "Stories From the Outlands" short, Loba's cameo appearance in Apex's live game comes as a surprise, even if some of her origin story doesn't. As theorized by many, Loba is indeed the daughter of the man and woman murdered by Revenant in the cinematic trailer for Apex's fourth season. Fans pieced together her identity back then thanks to some datamining and the conspicuous gift her father hands her in the video: a sculpted loba or "she-wolf" figurine.
The same sculpt now sits atop the cane Loba wields in her official character art. Her introductory short also tells us that Loba has become a stylish, daring thief in the years since the tragedy that derailed her childhood. Only now, with Revenant having joined the Apex Games, does she have a chance to exact revenge... so, uh, what are the odds they'll have some really tense exchanges when they end up on the same squad?
As with past cinematic reveals, Loba's introduction doesn't spell out what her unique Legend abilities will be. It seems safe to assume that some of Loba's skills will be tied to her thieving past, but we'll have to wait until Respawn shows her in-action before we can start to predict how she'll perform in the battlefield.
Loba will be added to Apex when Season 5 launches on May 12. Along with a new battle pass and the launch of Apex's fourth ranked series (which will add a reconnect feature and will again include a mid-Season split), Respawn's also going to introduce a new Season Quest system, which has yet to be discussed in detail.
Call of Duty: Warzone has Plunder and the gulag, Fortnite has wild music shows (and a little bit of everything else), and Apex has its characters. As it grows into its second year, it seems like a safe bet that Apex will keep leaning into the relationships and stories between characters. Plus, there's still the tease of a "pleasant surprise" for Titanfall fans coming in the next season, which should have lore fiends chomping at the bit for more.