Apex Legends will pack a punch in 2021 – literally.
Battle Royale gets a Pathfinder-themed event called “Fight Night” next week. The event brings a series of new grants to start 2021 with an explosion, including a new collection, Gibraltar’s heirloom, a boxing ring for a Pathfinder Town takeover, and a new appearance on time-limited modes – and it starts at 22.00 CT on 5 January.
Get in the ring
Respawn has big plans for Pathfinder. We recently saw Forward Scout get his own episode of Stories from the Outlands, and now he has his own event ̵
The event will place a boxing ring in Olympus near the intersection of Docks and Power Grid, and the only way to defeat your enemies there is with your bare hands. “Participating in the ring will prevent any player from using their weapons and abilities,” the official blog said. “And do not worry about outside ring interference – no outside projectiles, grenades or capabilities can penetrate the ring’s force field.”
Game Type Acquisition: Airdrop Escalation
Fight Night brings in a new type of game and overtakes how Apex handles ATMs. Airdrop Escalation will be available as long as the event lasts and takes over the matchmaking queue. Instead of choosing between informal modes and the new LTM, players will only have the option to stand in line for the Airdrop Escalation.
The limited time rule set will drop an increasing number of supply drops from the beginning of each battle, each with a fully equipped weapon. Earlier rounds will have lower level weapons, but the later stages of the battle may drop red Evo Shields and care pack weapons. Normal weapons will still appear as the ground.
The new takeover model is another experiment from Respawn. Instead of dividing the players into two separate queues, the game will temporarily switch exclusively to the new game mode. Airdrop Escalation is not as much a departure from the core game as other time-limited modes (like last year’s Flashpoint), which may make it a good candidate for the experiment.
New collection and Gibraltar’s heirloom
It would not be a gathering event without new cosmetics, and Fight Night brings a truck with them. The exclusive events include new outfits for Wattson, Mirage, Crypto, Revenant, Loba, Lifeline and others – including the star of the show.
Pathfinder’s new visual is a reference to the Fight Night movie short when MRVN disguised himself with a trench coat and fedora to avoid detection. Based on the trailer, the new cosmetics may have a unique character-choice animation that makes him fight a Specter – similar to how other images from the stories from the Outlands series, such as Wraith’s Voidwalker and Bloodhound’s Young Blood, come with their own animations .
Getting all 24 cosmetics in the collection will reward players with a special item: Gibraltar’s heirloom. His heirloom weapon first appeared during season seven. In Family Portrait, Gibby appears to have an ax-like object called Patu. The mission revealed that it was tailored by his then girlfriend Nik and Gibraltar kept it after all these years. However, players who do not complete the set during the event can still catch the battle ax with the elusive Heirloom Shards.
The end of the season’s seventh quest allowed the legends to restore an antique battery from Lifeline’s father, and players will be able to use it in the game. Interaction with the friendly robots will drop some items based on the level displayed on their built-in screens. Players who shoot MRVNs can grab their arms and transplant them into another robot to get some looting – but if you do, you’re probably a bad person.