Apex Legends’ 14th season, formally often called Hunted, is correct across the nook, and Respawn Leisure is at the moment in full-on hype mode forward of its ninth August arrival. And, following the official unveiling of latest hero Vantage final week, the developer has now confirmed a serious overhaul for its authentic Kings Canyon map, alongside a stage cap enhance.
Kings Canyon has, in fact, been round since Apex Legends launch again in 2019, and Season 14’s in depth overhaul goals to enhance a few of the ageing maps extra troublesome points, and convey it consistent with the standard of newer maps.
Maybe probably the most instantly apparent change – upgraded lighting and skybox – are purely beauty, designed to make for a “extra immersive, vibrant atmosphere”, however Kings Canyon is seeing loads of mechanical revisions too.
These embody the brand new Relic focal point, which is designed to assist create just a little bit extra respiratory house on the map within the early to mid sport in order that squads battles are much less prone to be interrupted by third events. This has been achieved by filling within the Cranium City and Thunderdome space sunk in Season 5 with sand and constructing a brand new sequence of winding, interconnected buildings for contemporary skirmishes, full with an enormous cranium centerpiece.
“With Relic,” explains Respawn, “we noticed a possibility to convey again gameplay that many gamers beloved from the unique Kings Canyon, however with a POI extra appropriately sized for the general well being of the map.”
Along with Relic, Kings Canyon will see a lot of its different POIs modified as a part of Season 14. The Cage, as an example, has seen modifications to scale back its defensibility in a excessive visitors space and make it straightforward for squads to place extra stress on dominant groups. The hillside POI close to Containment has been equally opened up, and Damaged Relay (which will likely be renamed to Basin) has had some buildings restored and zipline gameplay reintroduced over the ravine.
Moreover, smaller map modifications have been made all through Kings Canyon, with the likes of caves and connecting bridges altered to enhance visitors stream and tempo all through.
That is not fairly it for Kings Canyon, nevertheless; Respawn has additionally considerably overhauled loot on the map, which means gamers can stay up for rebalanced loot distribution throughout POIs, elevated loot counts (stated to be akin to the amount seen on Olympus), and improved loot high quality that ought to “really feel far more intuitive”.
Further particulars on Season 14’s Kings Canyon overhaul could be present in Respawn’s newest weblog publish, which arrives alongside the information that Hunted may also introduce a brand new stage cap enhance from the present restrict of 500, making it attainable to earn an extra 345 Apex Packs by account development.
Anticipate additional information on Apex Legends’ 14th season as its Tuesday, ninth August launch approaches.