Since 2019 Apex Legends has been the biggest Battle Royale/hero shooter success story since Fortnite. Now celebrating its 4th anniversary, players can enjoy the launch of its 16th update, Revelry, which overhauls the legends into a new Overwatch-like class system, and adds team deathmatch as an official mode.

Revelry divides all 23 legends into five roles: Assault, Skirmisher, Recon, Controller, and Support. Each role has a new special perk. Skirmishers can locate incoming care packages, while Recons can use survey beacons to reveal enemy locations.

The new class system comes with new balancing updates for each legend, alongside a new energy rifle, the Nemesis.

Team Deathmatch has also been officially incorporated into the rotation. The 6v6 mode replaces the previous 3v3 arena mode. TDM is designed as a more casual, easier, and fast-paced entry, allowing players to test different legends and loadouts as they score kills without the fear of having only a single life. Loadouts and legends can be swapped while respawning. The first team to 50 kills wins the match.

Other new features include an improved onboarding experience for new players via Orientation Matches, and Control and Gun Run returning as permanent modes with the Mixtape playlist. At launch, Mixtape will rotate between TDM, Control, and Gun Run.

“Respawn’s philosophy on Apex Legends has always been about delivering that exciting moment-to-moment competitive FPS action that simply feels great for players,” said Steven Ferreira, game director,  Respawn. “The 4th anniversary and launch of Revelry is an exciting next chapter in Apex Legends, setting up a new era with sweeping meta changes for the community that has been playing for years while providing new players the best entry point to drop into the Apex Games yet. On behalf of the entire team at Respawn, we want to thank each and every Apex Legends player worldwide for joining us on this remarkable journey, and we look forward to many more years of dropping into the arena together.”

Apex Legends is free to play on PC (Origin, Steam), PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox. It’s rated T for Teen.

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