Update: Respawn has also addressed the datamine leaks.
Update: Following the recent datamine and EA Origin leak, Respawn Entertainment has addressed the leaks suggesting Apex Legends’ next hero would be released today.
In a post to the Apex Legends subreddit, Respawn confirmed the next Legend, as well as the Battle Pass, are not launching today. The developer intends to provide more info on both, as well as Season 1 of Apex, soon.
As for the datamine that alleged multiple new Apex Legends characters, Respawn said to not treat that information “as a source of truth,” explaining that there’s information in the game that is “very old, or things we’ve tried in the past and cut.” The company’s full statement reads:
There’s lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet. We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth. There’s stuff in there that is very old, or things we’ve tried in the past and cut–remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas–and some of it may be things we’re still building for Apex Legends. Finding this stuff by no means confirms that it’ll ever come out. At best you should treat any posts about this as a rumor and the real info will come from us when we’re ready to show off what’s coming next.
Stay tuned to IGN as Respawn properly announces more Apex Legends details about Season 1, the battle pass, and upcoming, new Legends.
Original story follows:
A new Apex Legends character has potentially leaked online.
Twitter user @shrugtal found an image of what could be a new character on EA’s servers, where it remains in the back-end, still live as of time of writing. The URL for the image also mentions the Season 1 Battle Pass for Apex Legends, which has a rumored launch date of March 12.
Initially, the image apparently included text that had details of the character, Octane, and shrugtal reported that it was taken down after 10 minutes. However, we cannot confirm this ourselves at the current time.
Earlier rumors had speculated that NPCs are a planned addition to the game, so there’s the possibility that this figure could instead be representative of them.
One month after the release of Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale hit 50 million players worldwide, which is not surprising considering it had 25 million players after only one week.
So far, Apex Legends has one quarter of the players that Fortnite had after an entire year following its release.
While we wait for confirmation on this leak, check out how a leak for Apex Legends came out a year ago, without anyone noticing, and find out how we ranked all of the Legends in the game.
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