Apex Legends Season 5 Has Been The Best Yet For The Battle Royale
EA and Respawn say more new players are joining and sticking with its latest season for its battle royale shooter.
EA states in a press release that Season 5 of Apex Legends has encouraged lots of new players to join in, with many more choosing to stick around than in the past. Season 5 introduced a new character, Loba, and made changes to the map, including the destruction of Skull Town on King's Canyon. The ongoing expansion of the game's lore is also allowing developer Respawn to experiment with new ways to tease upcoming content, with the "Stories from the Outlands" series of shorts helping to introduce new combatants to the game.
Season 5 also introduced Quests--a feature which Respawn didn't think possible back when they launched Apex Legends' first season. We spoke to game director Chad Greiner about this evolution, where he explained that Respawn continually keeps learning from previous seasons while trying to shake things up with each new one.
"We saw a ton of new players come in during Season 5, the most we've seen since launch," Greiner explained. "I think our formula is to not necessarily have a formula. We're going to continue shaking things up. You are going to continue to see things like a legend every season because we're passionate about making legends--they're a huge part of the game--so we're not going to necessarily go away from some of the things that we're doing now but we do have quite a few surprises coming up."
He continued on to say that the studio is already working on content for Seasons 7, 8, and 9, while brainstorming ideas for as far as Season 11 too. It isn't all about the future though, as updates for the ongoing Season 5 continue improving its balance. Apex Legends is free-to-play on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, but a new Pathfinder Edition lets you unlock some exclusive cosmetics and get some in-game credits for a little head start. It's out now for $20.
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