When is the Apex Legends Season 18 release date? Being a live-service game, new content and major updates keeps the game, and the meta, fresh. No matter if you’re a consistent player, or someone looking to return to the game after a break, Apex Legends Season 18 is be a great time to slide into the action.
With the 18th season of Apex Legends coming up, we’re looking to all the changes Respawn are making to shake things up and provide some meaningful changes to the Apex Legends tier list. If you’ve been keeping up to date with one of the best battle royale games out there, you definitely won’t want to miss Season 18.
Apex Legends Season 18 release date
The Apex Legends Season 18 release date is Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, as confirmed by EA.
Typically, major updates for Apex Legends release on a Tuesday, which August 8 falls on, making this release date line up with the previous seasons for the game. What’s more, it also gives us even more grounds to speculate that the next season is likely arriving in another three months.
Apex Legends Season 18 gameplay
Like many of the other Apex Legends seasons, Season 18 is bringing a new legend, but this time it’s a rework of Revenant, with the latest trailer and the Season 18 patch notes detailing how he’ll play. Ahead of Season 19, you can also complete a variety of quests to unlock him permanently.
Revenant has a variety of changes this season including a new passive, Assassin’s Instinct. This allows you to highlight visible enemies who are on low health, crouch walking, and wall climbing faster at the same time. In the tactical slot, Revenant gets Shadow Pounce. This allows him to unleash a powerful jump forward, charging it for longer distances.
Then, for his Ultimate he can use Forged Shadows. This allows him to create a shroud of hardened shadows around him that blocks damage and allows you to regenerate. Your shadows and tactical are then refreshed on knockdowns.
Perhaps the most interesting change of all though is that Revenant is now a Skirmisher. Say goodbye to Revenant as an Assault because he’s now more of a deadly assassin than ever, letting him get the jump on enemies much easier.
But the fun doesn’t stop there; while there is no new weapon in Season 18, there is a Charge Rifle rework. This rework sees a completely new ballistics and projectile system for the Charge Rifle. Firstly, it’s no longer hitscan which may upset some players. However, being a projectile weapon now, Respawn has made some interesting changes such as damage increasing the further the projectile travels. You also can no longer pre-fire the laser. Rather, holding the trigger increases charge, while releasing the trigger decreases charge. The new Charge Rifle will only fire upon reaching 100% charge, so don’t forget to hold the trigger down.
Apex Legends Season 18 patch notes
The Apex Legends Season 18 patch notes have been revealed officially by EA, detailing all the major changes coming in Resurrection.
Alongside the Revenant rework, we’re also seeing a new map rotation, major changes to how the ring works, a full Ranked update, as well as several important balance changes.
First up is the Season 18 map rotation, which makes the following maps available in public matchmaking in the BR mode:
- Broken Moon
- Kings Canyon
Next is major changes to ring behaviour in Season 18, including ring damage, size, and timings to improve early and mid-game pacing. For example, Ring 1 has increased in size by 10%, while the pre-shrink time has been reduced from 90 seconds down to 75 seconds. Similarly, Ring 2 has had its damage increased from three per tick to four per tick, while Ring 4 has had a damage reduction from 20 per tick to 15 per tick. Hopefully these changes will have the desired effect and improve the pacing.
Respawn has also made changes to Ranked, namely reducing LP gain and Diamond+ cost adjustments. The most important impact is that kills are rewarded even more under this new system, which should hopefully make Ranked a better experience. After all, it’s a mode where winning and losing is a vital component of the experience.
Again, there’s no new weapon this season but the Charge Rifle rework fills that spot somewhat, feeling almost like an entirely new weapon. To go along with this, there’s also several buffs and nerfs, such as the R-99 having increased vertical recoil and reduced ammo capacity, while the M600 Spitfire has gained stability. These should shakeup the meta in Season 18, though we’ll have to wait and see how popular these changes are among the community.
As usual, we know we’ll be getting the usual slate of new cosmetics and a new Season 18 Battle Pass to look forward to. While the balance changes and reworks will keep the meta fresh for the season, this will give us some great new rewards to chase. After all, getting new skins and gear is one of the most fun part of every new season.
That’s everything there is to know about the Apex Legends Season 18 release date and updates. Until the new season arrives, we recommend playing some Apex Legends ranked and trying to reach the highest rank with your squad, especially with the new changes.