With the next season of Apex Legends drawing ever closer, leaks have been circulating faster than Octane running around World’s Edge. From the looks of things, Apex Legends Season 16 could be a game-changer, but it might not bring an abundance of content.
So what do know so far ahead of the Apex Legends Season 16 release date? Well, thanks to notable leakers such as ‘Thordan Smash’, we know that brand new legend Ballistic is supposedly raring and ready for battle. Allegedly brandishing three weapons and an enemy debuff ability, Ballistic is ripe to disrupt the Apex Legends meta.
The Apex Legends leaker is uncertain if Ballistic is a Season 16 addition, though, and there are rumblings that we may not get a new legend at the start of a new season for the first time in Apex history.
If players aren’t getting a new Legend in the next season, then a wave of new LTMs might have to suffice on the content front. Thordan Smash claims a MW2-style hardcore mode is in the works, alongside two other fresh LTMs known as “Heatwave” and “Cutest Couple.”
But like many Apex Legends leaks in the past, exciting LTM concepts have come and gone, either fading into obscurity or appearing as a surprise down the line. Arenas could be losing its status as a permanent mode too, if leaks are to be believed.
With leaks pointing towards less content, what’s going to be in its place? Season 16 could be a moment for meaningful quality-of-life fixes, focusing on overall improvements and gameplay enhancements, rather than adding in waves of content. Ditching the inclusion of a new legend would be bold and at this point in Apex’s fourth year of existence, it might be for the better.
We’ve previously theorised based off of Season 16 leaks that Respawn could refine the Apex Legends class system, making matches fairer and far more appealing to newcomers. There are also claims from pro player Phillip ‘ImperialHal’ Dosen that players will be “spawning with a P2020 next season.” Looting in the first minutes of a match can be hard, but if Apex is taking pages out of the Warzone 2 book, – we’re all for it on this occasion.
It’s no secret that some pros and creators like Timothy ‘iiTzTimmy’ An are losing interest in the game too. Though the streamer was “excited” to play the game at the beginning of Season 15, issues with ranked lobbies have tainted his love for crushing the competition.
Adding new legends has become the standard for Apex Legends, but leaving them aside for Season 16 could be a necessary jolt to the system. Deeper issues, within the game’s ranked community especially, are leaving big names like iiTzTimmy unhappy. Titles like Rainbow Six Siege have used seasons such as Operation Health to implement major fixes at the sacrifice of new content, and if we’re to follow the trail of leaks, Apex Legends might just be doing the same.