Octane Isn't Apex Legends' Only New Season 1 DLC Character [Update]

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Octane Isn't Apex Legends' Only New Season 1 DLC Character [Update]

Update: A second new Apex Legends character in Season 1 might not be in the cards after all. The PlayStation Store listing has now been amended to remove the mention of two characters. However, the exact phrasing is a bit curious, as it's written as if the lone addition--presumably Octane--is not already available. It states, "A new character will launch during the season but in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the season progresses. Best of all, each new Legend and weapon will launch with a full set of cosmetics to unlock." The listing does, however, still state that "two new items" are coming this season. It's possible the two things were conflated, and that there are two items but only one character--or it could be that the listing spoiled a surprise. Either way, we haven't gotten any official word yet on what to expect going forward. The original story follows.

One of the key factors that differentiates Apex Legends from other battle royale games are its playable legends--characters with unique abilities. After launching with a total of eight in early February, the recent start of Season 1 coincided with the debut of the Battle Pass and the first new addition to the roster, Octane. Whether you didn't care for him--maybe you'd rather play defensively, than utilize his hit-and-run style--or are just eager for more, you appear to be in luck. Despite the assumption that Octane would be the lone addition to the roster during Season 1, Respawn will apparently release another new playable Legend before this season ends.

That's according to a listing for the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass on the PlayStation Store, which references a second new character and a weapon. "Two new characters will launch over the course of the season," it reads, which seems quite clear.

The first of those characters is Octane, who was not part of the Battle Pass itself but instead a separate purchase. He can be bought just like the two premium characters who were not unlocked by default with the game's launch, Mirage and Caustic. The year-one roadmap that advertised what would be included in each battle pass said "New Legends"--plural--but it was not clear at the time if it referred to multiple legends per season, or over the course of the entire year.

Octane Isn't Apex Legends' Only New Season 1 DLC Character [Update]

The PlayStation store listing adds that other new content is on the way, as expected. "But in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the season progresses," it said. "Best of all, each new Legend and weapon will launch with a full set of cosmetics to unlock. Two new items will be introduced during the season that will offer something new and innovative to the strategic mix."

Thus far, the only new weapon introduced is the Havoc assault rifle, which became available in February, prior to the start of Season 1. Currently, there are no further details on what the new weapon is. Although the same can be said for the second new character, dataminers may have given us some indication of who's next. They found the names of a number of characters in Apex Legends' code and among them was Octane, indicating that Respawn may be picking from this pool of Legends. The name Wattson was also discovered and could be the other new Season 1 character, but it remains to be seen if that will be the case.

Following the datamining leak, Respawn took to Reddit to advise the Apex community not to believe everything they see. "There's lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet," said community manager Jay Frechette. "We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth.

"There's stuff in there that is very old, or things we've tried in the past and cut--remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas--and some of it may be things we're still building for Apex Legends. Finding this stuff by no means confirms that it'll ever come out. At best you should treat any posts about this as a rumor and the real info will come from us when we’re ready to show off what’s coming next."

With the release of Season 1: Wild Frontier and its optional battle pass, you're no may be thinking about sinking some money into the game. However, there is a way to get the Apex Legends Battle Pass for half off, and it's pretty easy to do.

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