Season 14 of Apex Legends, officially known as Hunted, is just around the corner, and Respawn is currently in full hype mode ahead of its arrival on August 9. And now, following the official reveal of the new hero Vantage last week, the developer has now confirmed an overhaul of the original Kings Canyon map, along with an increased level cap for players.
Kings Canyon, of course, has been around since Apex Legends launched in 2019, and the overhaul for Season 14 aims to improve some of the more annoying issues with the aging map. Before we get to the mechanical stuff, there’s perhaps the most obvious change right away – improved lighting and a new skybox, both of which are intended to create a “more immersive and vibrant environment.”
In terms of gameplay changes, there’s a new point of interest from Relic, which is designed to help create a little more breathing space on the map at the beginning to mid-game so team battles are less likely to be interrupted by third parties. This was accomplished by filling the sunken Skull Town and Thunderdome area of Season 5 with sand and constructing a new series of zigzag and interconnected buildings for new skirmishes, complete with a giant skull center piece.
Respawn explains, “With Relic, we saw an opportunity to bring back the gameplay that many players loved from the original Kings Canyon, but with a POI size more suited to the overall health of the map.”
In addition to Relic, Kings Canyon will see a number of other POIs modified as part of Season 14. The Cage, for example, has seen changes to reduce its ability to defend in a high-traffic area and make it easier to place more teams. pressure on the dominant teams. A hillside POI near Containment has similarly opened, some buildings have been renamed Basin, some buildings have been renovated and the valley zipline has been restarted.
Additionally, smaller changes have been made to the map throughout Kings Canyon, with the likes of connected caves and bridges changing to improve traffic flow and speed throughout.
But that’s not quite for Kings Canyon; Respawn has also significantly overhauled the map’s loot, meaning players can look to rebalance the distribution of loot across points of interest, increase the number of loot (said to be comparable to the amount seen on Olympus), and improve the quality of loot that should “look more ease”.
More details about the Kings Canyon fix for Season 14 can be found in the latest post on Respawn’s blog, which arrives alongside the news that Hunted will also introduce a new level cap increase from the current 500 limit, making it possible for players to earn 345 points. Additional top packages through account progress.
Expect more in season 14 of Apex Legends as it launches on Tuesday, August 9th.