Apex Legends fans, get together! Today is the debut of the Iron Crown Collection, which offers the popular Battle Royale shooter new challenges, skins, gameplay tweaks, and a new game mode.
I've talked to Lee Horn, the game's director of product management, for the Respawn POV.
The new temporary solo mode will be the biggest attraction for many players. "Essentially, Apex is a competitive team game," said Lee, explaining that the "great desire of the community" led the studio to try something different.
Solos will compete against 60 players in the first free game. All Battle Royals.
Respawn does not perform solos gameplay adjustments except for minor UI and UX optimizations. The team wants Solos to be "very clean" on their debut, although Horn pointed out that Respawn does not refuse to make gameplay adjustments if solos should return sometime in the future.
The Iron Crown Collection event will also feature an Octane-style takeover that introduces new areas and new gameplay features. Horn hinted that the city takeovers could focus more on "deliveries" in the near future.
The event is rounded off with more extras, including a new set of theme skins, a new heirloom, and a bonus XP weekend. Sign me up!
What's next for Apex? On the one hand more events like Iron Crown. "Players can expect more events like this … there will be more in the future," Horn said. "Please continue to give us your feedback!"
We can also expect Respawn to keep an eye out for the game's legendary weapon balance. Horn confirmed that the combination of alternator and disruptor will be somewhat weakened after the launch of Iron Crown. Larger weapon meta shifts, however, usually remain at the start of the new season.
The Iron Crown Collection event begins today and lasts two weeks.