Apex Legends dropped on February 4 with tons of popular streamers playing and promoting the game within its first week of release. It took the game only 72 hours to reach 10 million players and over 25 million within its first seven days of release. Apex Legends has been gearing up to release its first season. Today, we finally got a release date for Season 1 – March 19, 2019.
— Apex Legends News (@TitanfallBlog) March 18, 2019
The first season of Apex Legends has been named “Wild Frontier” and will be available on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST, and 6 pm GMT.
What is Apex Legends Season 1: Wild Frontier?
Respawn has been dropping hints about the possibility of a Battle Pass for Apex Legends, similar to other Battle Royales. The Apex Legends Battle Pass will be available for purchase on March 19 for 950 Apex coins, or $10. There is another option, the Battle Pass bundle, which will reward players with the Season 1 Battle Pass along with the first 25 levels for 2,800 Apex Coins, or $28. Every player who purchases the Battle Pass will be given 1 Wild Frontier Legend Skin, 5 Apex Packs, and 18 Wild Frontier Stat trackers.
Like Fortnite’s Battle Pass, the Apex Legends Battle Pass will have 100 levels and will have exclusive rewards for each level. Each level will offer either a weapon skin, Legend skin, banner, tracker, coins, in-game experience, or Apex Coins.
One of our favorite features that Respawn’s including in the Battle Pass is players who purchase and complete all 100 levels of the Season 1 Battle Pass will be able to unlock Season 2 for free, essentially. Season 1 of Apex Legends will offer a total of 1,100 Apex Coins, enough to purchase the Season 2 Battle Pass with room for players to spend some extra coin on skins or other unlockables.
Who is Octane?
Apex Legends players have begun to grow tired of the standard eight characters. Only two of them had to be unlocked, using either Legend Tokens or Apex Coins. There have been leaks of pictures of another Legend roaming around the internet for the past couple of weeks, showing a shirtless Legend donning chest armor. Some fans thought Respawn accidentally shared an image from Borderlands, as the alleged Legend looks similar to a character from that franchise.
Today, Respawn confirmed that a new Legend will enter Apex: the rumored “Octane.” Not much is known about the character or his backstory, however, the promotional images of the Legend show him having robotic legs.
Here is Respawn’s official reveal of Octane:
“After blowing his legs off in a record-breaking gauntlet speed-run, Octavio “Octane” Silva is diving into the Apex Games with metal legs and even bigger ambitions. He’s searching for the ultimate adrenaline rush by using his death-defying moves to become an Apex Champion.
His Adrenaline Junkie ability lets him trade health for speed, and an endless supply of Stim health regeneration means he’s always ready for action. His Launch Pad Ultimate Ability lets his squad fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Jump into Apex Legends and play Octane today!”
According to @childz_pl4y, he was able to find all of Octane’s in-game abilities, which include:
- Passive Ability: Swift Mend
- While not taking damage, Octane restores health over time.
- Tactical Ability: Adrenaline Junkie
- Move 30% faster for 8 seconds. Costs 10% Health. Immune to slow while active.
- Ultimate Ability: Launch Pad
- Deployable jump pad that catapults users through the air.
What is changing with Apex Legends Season 1?
There have been numerous reports that the hitboxes for Caustic, Pathfinder and Gibraltar were larger than those for other Legends. Respawn has some major balancing changes headed in-game on March 19. Those include the following as per the patch notes:
- Hitbox size reductions and optimizations for Caustic, Pathfinder and Gibraltar
- We’re better sizing hitboxes to character gear & model
- Since these adjustments have a MAJOR impact on the game, we want to make sure there aren’t any major bugs, so we didn’t want to rush them out
- If these adjustments prove to be insufficient, we’ll consider additional adjustments during Season 1
- Traps – Reduced cooldown to 25 seconds from 30 seconds
- Traps – Increased radius and proximity radius by about 10%
- Traps – Removed a 1 second delay on the smoke dealing damage to players
- Insider Knowledge – Increased the number of beacons in the world to 12 from 10
- Care Package – Removed slight chance that level 4 armor and helmets will drop
- Into The Void – Cooldown increased from 20 -> 25 seconds
- Double Time – Reduced move speed bonus to 30% from 40%
Apex Legends Season 1 will be available on March 19 for 950 Apex Coins or about $10 USD. Respawn has announced a bunch of additions coming to Apex Legends with the new Battle Pass. What are you most excited to earn during Season 1 of Apex Legends?