The beginning of 2021 started with a bang as Respawn Entertainment released season 8 of their increasingly popular battle royale game Apex Legends. The current season, known as Mayhem, sees the return of a slightly altered Kings Canyon as well as a new Legend, the grenade expert Fuse.
The trailer for Apex Legends: Mayhem shows a huge celebration for “the Salvation of Salvo” Fuse, which quickly turns sour as a woman’s voice interrupts the party and commandeers the guns of Fuse’s ship. As she attacks the crowd, the Legends spring into action, saving as many lives as they can before the voice Fuse calls Maggie decimates Kings Canyon.
The devastation in the aftermath introduces several new areas in King’s Canyon to investigate. Additionally, the Apex Games have received a few brand new items, and some minor tweaks have been made to a few familiar weapons that players will notice as they navigate season 8.
Apex Legends’ new heavy ammo weapon is known as the 30-30 Repeater. With its long range, it can serve as an effective sniper in a pinch, and since the gun reloads one round at a time players don’t need to wait for a full reload to resume the action. Though, it’s not a bad idea to pause anyway, considering the built-in charge the 30-30 Repeater boasts if one has the patience.
Also new to the Apex Games are Legendary gold magazines. While they possess the same ammo capacity as Purple magazines, these golden mods will automatically reload stowed weapons after a short time. High-tier loot like these can be found in new mobile armories scattered throughout King’s Canyon that require one of any type of grenade to grant access to the treasures inside.
As with every season, developers at Apex Legends have modified a few of the established weapons in the game, both for balance purposes and for some fresh perspective. This season, players have said goodbye to the Double Tap hop-up in exchange for the return of the Anvil Receiver, which can be equipped to both the Flatline and the R-301 to increase damage at a reduced fire rate. With the Double Tap gone, the EVA 8 shotgun will surely suffer in popularity, prompting Respawn to increase its fire rate from 2.0 to 2.1.
Apex Legends season 8 left the majority of weapons alone, save for a few. The Volt SMG, part of the Apex season 6 inclusions, has had its damage decreased from 16 to 15, while the light ammo Alternator got the exact opposite treatment (15 to 16). The Spitfire, however, saw the heaviest facelift of all with Apex Legends: Mayhem. Reload speeds, whether empty or not, have been buffed nicely from 3.33 to 3.8 seconds and 2.8 to 3.2 seconds respectively. What’s more, the Spitfire’s bullet damage has increased from 18 to 19, bringing this gun back to the forefront of any offensive player’s loadout.
Players may be sad to hear that Gold barrel mods have been removed from the loot pool and from Apex’s crafting Replicators, but the game’s addition of Gold-tier magazines seems a fair trade. Gold-tier fully kitted weapons from season 7 like the Wingman, Sentinel, Havoc, G7, and Alternator have been removed from the rotation. The extraction of these guns paves the way for new Gold weapons in season 8 including the R-301, 30-30 Repeater, Mozambique, Longbow DMR, and the Spitfire.
Mayhem brought its A-game this season, reigniting new passion in players by revamping much of its familiar content. The Apex lore continues to grow as grenadier Fuse’s backstory and the organization known as Salvo root themselves into the Games. Season 8 is already making its mark on the franchise, and players all agree that it’s a good time to be an Apex Legends fan.