Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem officially starts tomorrow, adding plenty of new content to Respawn’s battle royale game. Per usual, players can expect a brand-new playable character, battle pass rewards, and in-game balancing adjustments (detailed in the Apex Legends Season 8 patch notes). Season 8 adds a brand-new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, and map changes to Kings Canyon as well.
Season 8’s new playable character is Fuse, a laid-back man with an enthusiasm for explosives. As seen in the animated Stories from the Outlands “Good as Gold” short, Fuse has had a tumultuous life leading up to his addition to the Apex Games. Fuse–whose real name is Walter “Wally” Fitzroy–grew up on Salvo, fighting for his planet’s freedom alongside his best friend, Maggie, all through their teenage years and young adult lives. However, Fuse dreamed of new glories, taking his talents to the Apex Games.
New Character: Fuse
Fuse is known as the “Bombastic Explosives Expert,” possessing special abilities that allow him to aid his squadmates with explosive style. His passive ability, Grenadier, allows him to stack two grenades per inventory slot and naturally fling grenades further, faster, and more accurately. Fuse’s tactical ability, Knuckle Cluster, fires a cluster bomb that’s great for dealing damage and explosively breaking closed doors. And finally, his ultimate ability, The Motherlode, fires a bombardment that encircles an area in fire, both dealing damage and trapping foes.
New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater
Season 8 adds a new heavy ammo assault rifle to the Apex Games: the 30-30 Repeater. This gun functions similarly to the G7-Scout but fires with an additional punch at the cost of fire rate and reload speed. Additionally, while aiming down sights, the 30-30 Repeater will begin to charge, allowing you to fire a more powerful shot. This seems to put the 30-30 Repeater into a mid- to long-range role, encouraging players to carefully take their shots from a distance as opposed to rapidly firing in the midst of a hectic firefight.
Map Changes: A New Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon gets its third major remake at the start of Season 8, with Maggie’s terrorist attack on the arena causing the destruction of the entire northern portions of the map. New structures have been built in the aftermath, but Runoff, Artillery, Containment, and the Pit are all gone–they’ve now been replaced by brand-new landmarks.
New Battle Pass
At the start of Season 8, you’ll have a brand-new battle pass to work through and more sets of challenges in order to do so. Per usual, the premium track of the battle pass includes two brand-new legendary skins–Bad to the Bone for Lifeline and Radical Action for Bangalore–and new legendary reactionary weapon skins for reaching level 100 and level 110. This time around, the weapon in question is the Longbow DMR.
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