The "Pleasant Surprise" for Titanfall Fans in Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here

The "Pleasant Surprise" for Titanfall Fans in Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here

We've also got a big hint as to where Apex might take its Legends next.

Over the past few weeks, Apex Legends has been spooling out its most significant bit of storytelling yet by way of new Season Quest missions. Introduced with the fifth battle pass and Loba, the missions have revolved around putting together a certain artifact, and now that the last mission is available, we know what everything was building toward. It's a cool reveal for Titanfall fans and makes good on the idea of a "pleasant surprise" in Season 5 mentioned back in April.

If you're not quite caught up with Season 5's story and don't want to be spoiled, consider this your jumping off point. On the other hand, if you just want to know what the Titanfall connection is and to get a hint about a new locale that might come to Respawn's battle royale, read on. I won't spoil the character moments and reveals that have happened in the other missions.

So, what have the Legends been piecing together over the course of Season 5? It turns out to be the head of Ash, a simulacrum soldier (like Revenant) who served as a mercenary Titan pilot in the campaign of Titanfall 2. Players will remember her as the boss at the end of a vertigo-inducing level in a factory that fabricates buildings and terrain. Now, in Apex's Season 5 epilogue, players reconnect Ash's head to a partial simulacra body buried beneath Kings Canyon. Ash may have bit the dust in Titanfall 2, but it seems like she's at least somewhat back-in-action now.

Perhaps even more exciting is a tease that comes after the epilogue, which may hint at what could be the setting for a new Apex map. In a text chat between Lifeline and Octane, the two talk about having to "go where the Games go" and Lifeline refers to a place called Olympus. Octane gives it another name: "home." In the lore, both characters are from an Outlands planet called Psamanthe, and players previously theorized that Season 3 would introduce a new map set there.

Instead, we got World's Edge on Talos in Season 3. Now that it has seen its fair share of changes, Respawn may be preparing to add a third map to Apex's rotation as early as the next season. Apex content is being worked on far out as Season 11, and Respawn was already playtesting the next three seasons as of May.

There's still at least a few weeks left in Season 5, so if you haven't checked out the Quest missions yourself or simply want to see what else has changed, there's still time. Later this fall, Apex Legends is expected to launch for Nintendo Switch and roll out cross-play.

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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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