There's going to be five LTMs on rotation throughout the Apex Legends War Games Event and each one is going to be a new test for fresh and seasoned Legends.
War Games Start Date
As you may have seen, the Chinatown Market x Apex Legends crossover collaboration was delayed last week after the sudden decision from Chinatown Market to rebrand in response to the increasing violence towards AAPI communities in the United States and across the world.
This, of course, is an important decision but it did mean that the Apex Legends x Chinatown Market event was delayed. There were rumours that the upcoming War Games event, which was merely a handful of leaks at this point, could be moved forward and today we have confirmation of that.
The Apex Legends War Games event is due to start on April 13th and introduces five rotating LTMs over a two week period. You can check out the announcement trailer which highlights them all before we go into more detail below.
Limited Time Modes (LTMs)
The new modes coming to Apex Legends in the War Games are more "Takeovers" than LTMs, but that's beside the point.
There's going to be five limited-time game modifiers coming to Apex Legends throughout the two-week event and we have details on what they are below.
This one, as you might imagine, features automatically regenerating shields. This means that you're going to have to hit hard and fast in any fight you get into because your opponent could easily be full-strength again before you know it in a longer-range fight.
Are you some sort of Legend? Hell yes, you are! Although, that isn't a good thing! In this mode, every time a Legend dies the round timer is reduced. This means that games are going to be faster than ever and the circle is going to be on the move a lot more than usual. But, hey! Respawn Entertainment is calling you a legend so there's that?
This one seems like it should already be a feature in-game but it essentially means that you'll automatically pick up the banners from your dead teammates. This should increase the amount of respawns in-game and could be the one where you get your big win.
Ultra Zones are going to be small areas of the map which have high-rarity loot in concentrated drops. These are going to be chaotic and dangerous, but the payout could well be enough to carry you through to the end.
This is an upgraded version of Auto Banners, really. In Second Chance, you'll be able to get a free respawn when you die. We're not sure if this means you only get the one, but we imagine that's what it means. Still... Free respawns aren't so bad.
Thankfully, if there's one of those in there that you're not liking you can plan ahead and avoid it with this schedule from Respawn Entertainment below:
All modes begin and end during mornings, PT time.
- Second Chance: Tuesday, 4/13 – Thursday, 4/15
- Ultra Zones: Thursday, 4/15 – Monday, 4/19
- Auto Banners: Monday, 4/19 – Wednesday, 4/21
- Killing Time: Wednesday, 4/21 – Friday, 4/23
- Armor Regen: Friday, 4/23 – Tuesday, 4/27
Rewards Tracker & More
Like any Apex Legends event, War Games isn't just bringing LTMs to the table. There's going to be a new set of cosmetics and a Reward Track for you to complete exclusive to the event.
As you can see, it's pretty similar to the other Apex Legends Reward Tracks from previous events. There's a collection of cosmetic items, a couple of Legend Skins and some XP boosts to keep you busy for the duration of the event.
There will also be some limited-time event-exclusive skins that you can unlock through event-specific Apex Loot Packs and in-game currencies. You can see a few of them below:
Annoyingly, these are once again all pretty solid and Respawn Entertainment has outdone themselves again in the wake of a disrupted schedule. However, there are a few complaints that they appear to be more recolours than fully new skins.