Apex Legends Season 14: Hunted launches today, complete with a brand new Legend, an overhaul of its oldest King’s Canyon map and more.
According to the official EA website, Season 14 of Apex Legends will kick off on at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST.
While you’re waiting for that download, here’s everything we know about Apex Legends Season 14. You can also check out the patch notes right here.
Apex Legends Season 14 key highlights
We’ve looked at some of the community reaction and pulled together a few highlights. In general, there’s a real buzz around the new season, and the improved level capping – but there’s also rumblings of dissatisfaction around a lack of cross progression. Here’s what were hearing:
Level uncap goes down a storm
The level cap, which sees the 500 cap replaced with a new 2,000 cap, seems to be going down a storm.
One Twitter fan wrote: “The level cap increase is dope tbh!! Always enjoyed a similar system with CoD prestige. I really hope you can pet Echo in an emote.”
Another added: “I’m excited for the level cap increase cuz as long as I grind levels I get a free heirloom.”
Cross progression is wanted
Others were hoping to see cross progression added to the game. “Why isn’t cross progression an option? Oh nvm you not adding it,” wrote one fan.
Footsteps could do with a fix
One of the biggest reactions so far has been around footsteps – with some claiming you’re not able to hear players when they are behind. One gamer wrote: “Fixed audio. Oh wait…”
120 Hz mode is wanted
Elsewhere, while the quality of life improvements have been well received, 120Hz for ‘next’ (current) gen consoles seems to be high up the wishlist. “120FPS that all :),” wrote one gamer.
Season 3 has had mixed reviews
As Season 3 comes to an end, many are reflecting on how good it was. The general consensus is that it was a ‘decent season’ but nothing spectacular, with inconsistent SBMM being highlighted as a major downer.
The being said, there were good ranked changes and the legend Newcastle went down well.
Apex Legends Season 14 Hunted – New Legend & Map Changes
Season 14 sees the introduction of new legend Vantage. Her full name is Xiomara ‘Mara’ Contreras, born and raised on the ice planet of Pagos. Be sure to check out our APEX Legends tier list which has been updated for season 14 right here.
Her mother raised her to survive in the icy climes, forming her into a keen ranged expert. However, at age 18 she got into trouble after discovering the wreck of the GDS Vantage.
Turns out Vantage’s mother was originally a prisoner on board the ship, and had escaped with Vantage as a baby. Upon discovering this revelation, the ship fell into a crevasse, taking Mara with it.
Mara was saved only by a baby bat that Mara had previously rescued. The bat – Echo – managed to get her Mum’s attention. Her Mum was forced to be recaptured in order to set off the beacon to save her daughter.
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Now Mara is entering the games along with Echo to try and win her mother’s freedom once more. In the game, Mara has three abilities. Her Tactical is Echo Relocation, her Passive is Spotter’s Lens and her Ultimate is Sniper’s Mark.
The good news is that she won’t be able to camp undetected because her sniper rifle has a pretty easy tell – a laser beam that’s visible to players if she’s aiming down her sights.
Her tactical ability, Echo Relocation, has also been balanced. There’s plenty of sound, so while she can zip away quickly, players will be able to hear if she’s about to land on you.
Season 14 Hunted will also see a number of changes to the King’s Canyon Map. Dubbed King’s Canyon Reforged, the changes include a new POI named Relic to the game’s oldest map.
It’s a sort of recreation of the old Skull Town POI, given some tweaks to its size. The map’s Cage, Hillside and Relay POIs have also undergone some changes.
You can read the full blog post detailing those on the Apex Legends website.
Apex Legends Season 14 Hunted – other changes
The new season will also see an increase to the game’s level cap. There’s now three new tiers of 1-500, based on a prestige system.
Every time you reach level 500, you’ll return to level 1 but with a new gilded badge to mark your progress. There’s three new tiers of prestige to be added, making for a whopping 2000 levels to grind through.
Some of the other changes this season will include the removal of the Guardian Angel perk on backpacks. They’re also removing the self-revive perk on Gold Knockdown Shields.
Instead, the Gold Knockdown Shield will allow you to revive teammates faster, while the gold backpack will get a new Deep Pockets perk. This will allow the holder to carry more large healing items, including Phoenix Kits.
In terms of guns, the Wingman pistol is having its ammo type changed. The gun will now use a Sniper Magazine rather than a Pistol one. The Skullpiercer Hop-Up is also making its return. Finally, the Spitfire LMG will now take Light Ammo instead of Heavy.
It’s worth saying that we may not see, nor should we expect, new weapons every season.
Speaking at a press event, reported by Dexerto, senior game designer Eric Canavese said: “Our goal is not to just shove content in the game to checkbox a seasonal delivery list, our goal is to make the game the best it can possibly be, and if that means the game needs another weapon, then we’ll make another weapon for it, but that will happen at the time it needs to happen, and not just on a seasonal cadence.”
How long will Apex Legends Season 14 Hunted last?
Though Respawn hasn’t given an official end date just yet, Seasons typically last around three months.
Therefore, we can probably expect Season 15 of Apex Legends to arrive around November or December of 2022.