Apex Legends’ next hero is Newcastle, a shield-wielding Robocop

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Apex Legends finally gets its knight in shining armor with the shield-wielding soldier Newcastle is gearing up to become the game’s 21st legend next season, Savior.

Newcastle (not to be confused with, uh, the city in the north of England) has been revealed in a new trailer, revealing him to be Bangalore’s long-lost brother, Jackson. It’s complicated somewhat by the fact that, based on recent story events, Jackson is supposed to be dead. Given that chrome visor, though, I think Robocop shenanigans might be afoot.

Gameplay-wise, it looks like Newcastle will be a tough defender, with a personal energy shield reminiscent of Lifeline’s old revival shield and a large metal barricade that resembles the walls of Rampart on steroids. This follows information leaked during last month’s mega-leak.

We’ll hear more about Newcastle’s kit as the new season approaches, with their Outland Stories video due out on April 28. But the Season of the Savior website also reveals some key changes coming next season. This huge Kaiju that the gang blows up during the trailer will become a new map location on Storm Point, and it looks like AI Specters will be keeping hidden weapon chests.

It also looks like ranked play is due for a major overhaul, with Respawn suggesting that the new system will put more emphasis on teamwork and may finally remove downgrade protections (a system that prevents, for example, a Platinum player to drop to Gold).

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