Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends Season 9 is going to bring Legacy to the forefront of the narrative going forwards. Kairi Imahara is the daughter of Titanfall 2's Viper and she's taking her fight to the Apex Games for a multitude of reasons.
Valkyrie isn't the only new thing coming to the game though, there are also a few new skins and we've got everything you need to know about when you can get your hands on them.
LATEST - Actual Update Time Revealed
If you're looking forward to the next major update for Apex Legends, you might want to know when it is actually getting updated. Thankfully, we've got you covered.
It's a pretty early update for some of us but, as always, timezones mean that there's some variation. This means that you're going to be able to start playing the Apex Legends Legacy update from the following times.
The next update for Apex Legends should be available by 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST on May 4th. If you're on a PlayStation 4, you should be able to start downloading it now and it's around 30GB. This is probably going to be a similar figure on other platforms, but we don't know for sure just yet.
For a more detailed look, TitanfallBlog has you covered:
New Battle Pass Trailer
Respawn Entertainment has just shared the new Legacy Battle Pass trailer that gives us a better look at the new Legend skins and weapon appearances we're getting from tomorrow's update.
Rampart's Crafty Kitsune and Wraith's Demon's Whisper are the highlights, but we also get a look at a new Devotion and Spitfire weapon skin.
There's also going to be new Music Packs, Loading Screens, Banners, Gun Charms, Skydive Emotes, Holo-Sprays and Quips. We're not sure how Caustic would feel about being made out to be a bit of a bumbling oaf though...
You can check the full trailer in the tweet below:
Titanfall Blog has also uploaded this run-down of all the free Legacy Battle Pass Rewards you can get your hands on over the course of the next season:
Legacy Season Quest
Just like last season, the upcoming May 4th update is going to introduce a new in-game quest for you to complete alongside the new Battle Pass and any other limited-time events that will pop up.
This is where those Treasure Packs come into play, which you can only collect one of them a day. However, they do get you some awesome additional rewards.
The new "Quest" is going to be called The Legacy Antigen and it should help shed some light on what's going on with The Icarus and Olympus' root problem.
Will we see any new skins pop up through this seasonal "Quest"? It's hard to say, but with the lore Apex Legends has... We should hopefully see something regarding the Legacy theme soon/
Loba's Tactical Buffed
Loba’s tactical, Burglar’s Best Friend, was supposed to be a powerful teleport ability.
However, it didn't turn out to be quite as good as players had hoped.
Now, in the new Season 9 Legacy Update, the tactical ability has been buffed.
YouTuber Coffee ASAP has posted a video that details the differences between the ability in Season 8 and Season 9.
Loba can now run at full speed while using the ability, as opposed to just being able to walk.
But, there is a trade-off because her Ultimate has been nerfed with a longer cooldown, but its a compromise that should be worth it.
The devs have decided to vault the Hammerpoint in Season 9.
Recently, they took to Reddit to explain the decision, citing that it is "overpowered".
“Long story short, because of buffing the base weapons, we would have to nerf the hop-up’s power so it wasn’t OP… the hop-up only really works as a high-risk high reward item, so it just didn’t work well anymore."
Valkyrie Launch Bundle Skin
It's been a busy few weeks for Apex Legends fans and we're still going with news and new information! The Legacy Update really is going to be absolutely massive, isn't it...
Below, we have a leaked look at Valkyrie's launch bundle and Legendary Skin. Of course, props to Shurgtal for uncovering it in and amongst the game's files.
As you can see, this is much more Titanfall-inspired than her default appearance and it really plays on this season's theme of "Legacy" and finding yourself amongst your peers and what they expect from you.
Legacy Ranked Announced
Apex Legends' next major title update might not literally be called Season 9, but there's still going to be a Ranked Leagues refresh and we have all the new information about Apex Legends: Legacy Ranked right here.
The first thing to note is that there isn't really going to be any major changes to the way RP and Ranked Leagues work in Apex Legends going forwards.
According to Respawn Entertainment's Blog Post on Legacy Ranked, Season 8 was the most successful Ranked Season for Apex Legends to date. At some points, almost 50% of all matches being played were in Ranked playlists!
In the Tweet below, you can check out the new batch of Ranked Leagues rewards you can earn throughout the Legacy Season.
Legacy Ranked Map Split Dates
This season, World's Edge is back for the first split of this season's Ranked League and will be available until June 15th 2021. The second split will be all about Olympus and the rest of the season will keep you there.
Gameplay Trailer Shows New Skins
A brand new Apex Legends trailer has dropped and it gives us a brand new look at some of the new skins coming to Apex Legends in the Legacy Update.
It looks like another "Recolour event" is on the way, but there are also some new skins to get a peek at.
Firstly, we have new Legendary skins for Wraith and Rampart. Both of these appear to be featured in the Legacy Battle Pass (according to Shrugtal, a notable leaker.)
We also have a brand new look at a cat-like Octane skin! There's also rumours that this could be featured on the new Apex Legends Legacy Battle Pass or not, though.
Apex Legends Cinematic Launch Trailer
The new Apex Legends trailer is here and you can check it out via the link below:
This Legacy Launch Trailer has offered us our first look at the new update and it is impressive, to say the least.
We get a fresh look at how Valkyrie will play and what her Ultimate Ability could be and a new look at the Bocek Bow in-game!
That isn't all though. Apex Legends' "Arenas" Mode has officially been confirmed and a new Gameplay reveal is coming on April 26th!
It's time to go beyond the battle royale.
New Season 9 Details Confirmed
It was a big day for Apex Legends fans news-wise, but not a lot was actually revealed when it comes to cosmetics and skins.
We know that Valkyrie, the daughter of a Titan Pilot, is going to be the next Legend joining the Apex Games.
We also know that the Bocek Bow is going to be the first new weapon added to Apex Legends in the Legacy Update.
Furthermore, we know that Olympus is going to be receiving a few major map changes. An overgrowth promises to change up the layout, but there is no confirmation or details about how extreme this will be just yet.
As you can see, it's quite a lot of new information but not actually a lot to do with any new skins. We're expecting a Gameplay Trailer for the Legacy Update to drop soon though which should showcase more about what to expect on May 4th.
At the moment, we don't have any confirmed skins for Apex Legends Season 9 at all. As you might imagine, this is mainly down to not having any official news about the season at all.
We're expecting some soon, but when that actually is could be anyone's guess. It's also quite hard to predict which Legends will get new skins in Apex Legends Season 9.
There's always one for the new Legend, but other than that it seems like a largely random selection. The theme of each Apex Legends season is always a little light, but with Titanfall content reportedly on the way, we could see more Titanfall-inspired skins next season.
What we do have is a few leaks to look over in the meantime. Below, we're sharing the tweets where these leaks were found.
We don't know for sure if they will make it into the final game, or when they will appear in Season 9. But, the leakers below are known for producing "eventually correct" information.
It looks like Wraith and Horizon will both be getting recoloured Legendary skins...
We're also expecting the "Mirage Edition" of Apex Legends to release sometime during Season 9. This isn't exactly a Season 9 skin, but you get the idea.
Battle Pass Information & Release Date
At the moment, that's all we have. However, we know there's going to be more. The Apex Legends Season 9 Battle Pass is due to drop on May 4th (or a week later on May 11th) and will contain a number of cosmetic items including Legend skins.
There's going to be at least two for the new Legend, one at Tier 1 and one further down the line, but other than that it's anyone's guess.
We could see Wattson, Bloodhound, Gibraltar, Bangalore... Anyone get skin in the Apex Legends Season 9 Battle Pass. Only time will tell, sadly.