Apex Legends Season 3 kicks off on Tuesday, October 1, and it turns out those leaks from a Gamestop management conference were right on the money. Crpyto, a white-hat hacker on the run from the law, is Season 3’s first new legend, while the Charge Rifle is its first new weapon, just as everyone thought. I’m not totally sure how winning a super high-profile blood sport (while being a wanted fugitive) will solve any of Crypto’s problems, but you can learn about the source of said problems in his introductory story trailer below.
Based on the trailer and the Season 3 website, it sounds like Crypto will be a support-class legend with various reconnaissance abilities enabled by his little drone pal. “Cool, calm, collected Crypto deploys specialized surveillance drones to stay in the fight and out of the spotlight,” reads the site’s brief character blurb. Further information will be revealed at a later, pre-October 1 date.
As for that Charge Rifle, our previous guess that it’s an energy weapon was totally spot on. The website implores you to “carve your way across the Arena with this obliterating directed-energy weapon,” and while that does sound like a genuine hoot, I’m withholding final judgement until I see if that middle section on the barrel spins around while its charging up. It’s not a real laser gun if nothing on it spins! Sorry! It’s in the Geneva Convention! Also if you look closely, you can see that it has a little face on it:
As with the first two seasons, Season 3 presents players with the opportunity to purchase a brand-new Battle Pass, though developer Respawn Entertainment has yet to detail any of the “100 exclusive items” that players get for leveling it up. Perhaps some new expressions for the Charge Rifle’s little face to make? Respawn??
The beginning of Season 3 also marks the end of Series 1 of Apex Legends‘ Ranked League, and the beginning of Ranked League Series 2. (Never confuse an Apex Legend Season with an Apex Legend Series — I made that mistake once and now none of the teens on Discord are willing to carry me.) Respawn has said that it is generally happy with how Series 1 shook out, but that it’s also making some changes under the hood to how scoring is calculated in Series 2.
“We need a bit more granularity in the point spread, so we’re 10x’ing all the points in the whole system,” Respawn said. “At first glance this may just look like point inflation, but in reality we need to be able to reward something in between 1 RP and 2 RP, so going to 10, 15, 20 RP gives us that flexibility.”
Respawn is also set to implement a worldwide leaderboard for players at the Apex Predator (read: highest possible) rank, split into individual ladders for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Right now, players ranked as Apex Predators have their “RP” (or Ranked Points) displayed publicly, but there’s no proper leaderboard showing who is the best in the world.
Elsewhere, Respawn plans to implement cosmetic rewards for Ranked League performance during Series 2: Players that reach Gold or higher get “an exclusive gun charm for their highest level reached,” while those that crack into Diamond “receive a custom dive trail for their highest rank reached.”