The first official details for Apex Legends Season 4: Assimilation have been revealed. The upcoming season will add another new character (Forge), weapon (the Sentinel), and map changes for World’s Edge. You won’t just be playing on World’s Edge during Season 4 though, the original Apex Legends map, Kings Canyon, will finally make its official return. That said, the map isn’t coming back as we expected.
During Assimilation, Apex Legends Ranked Mode is being reworked so that it’s now split into two separate series. The first series will begin with the new season and continue through to March 23. The second series picks up on March 24 and continues until the end of Season 4, May 5.
Like in Season 3: Meltdown, you’ll see your rank knocked down two notches at the start of Assimilation, and your ranking will similarly reset halfway through the season when the second series begins–allowing you to earn two different rankings. Your end-of-season rewards will be based on whichever series you rank higher in. So if you reach Diamond IV in series one but only Platinum I in series two, for example, you’ll be awarded Diamond-tier items at the end of Assimilation.
So how does this relate to Kings Canyon? Well, the first series of Assimilation will take place on World’s Edge, while the second will see you play on Kings Canyon. So Kings Canyon is coming back to Apex Legends in Season 4, just not until March 24.
Kings Canyon was the only map in Apex Legends during Season 1: Wild Frontier and Season 2: Battle Charge, only to be completely replaced by World’s Edge at the start of Meltdown. The map has made reappearances in certain limited-time events during Season 3–specifically, Fight or Fright and Grand Soirée Arcade–though its return in Assimilation will be the first time the map has been in the game for longer than a few weeks since its removal. When the map was removed, Respawn explained that Kings Canyon was taken out because the developer was worried that most players would gravitate to the original map without trying the new one if both were available at the same time.
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