Apex Legends season 8 starts on February 2, and will feature the battle royale’s 16th Legend: Fuse, developer Respawn Entertainment announced Monday.
With a theme of “Mayhem,” it appears Respawn is hoping to ramp up Apex’s action. On the official Apex Legends site, Respawn is teasing that Fuse’s arrival to the tournament has dramatically reshaped Kings Canyon. There’s no new screenshots to look at, though, but Respawn says it will show off more soon.
New Legend Fuse is a brash demolitions enthusiast and thief. You can watch his origin story trailer below. When Fuse and his friend discover a golden grenade in the hands of a dead soldier on their home planet, Salvo, it sparks a rivalry between the two that lasts throughout the years. With each friend continually stealing the golden grenade from the other, while Fuse builds up a career as a ring fighter, tensions eventually boil over as Salvo joins the Syndicate planets.
Fuse ends up telling his friend that he’s leaving Salvo to join the Apex Games, and offers her a truce, giving her the grenade. Obviously not a fan of kind gestures, this sends her off the deep end. She grabs the grenade, pulls its pin out, and surprises Fuse by tossing it at him, blowing his entire arm off. Fuse can be seen in a picture on the Apex Legends site sporting a metal arm that’s bound to be jam-packed full of weaponry.
Data miners have already found out a few details about Fuse’s abilities. “Airburst Grenade” lets him launch, what else, a grenade from his arm. His ultimate ability is believed to be “The Motherlode,” which lets him launch a missile off his back and burn anything in its path.
Apex players who still prefer other legends won’t be left in the cold. A new weapon named the 30-30 Repeater, a futurized lever-action rifle, will become available at the start of season 8.
Apex Legends season 8 will include all the other usual stuff you’d expect: a 100-tier battle pass offering skins and other cosmetics, a ranked competitive mode, and more.
Apex Legends is also coming to Nintedo Switch sometime in 2021 after a previous delay.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/pathfinder for IGN.