UPDATE 8.05pm: Following the premature reveal of Apex Legends’ next playable character earlier today, developer Respawn has now made it official. Apex Legends’ 14th Season will usher in the scope-wielding Vantage – real name Mara – who gets her animated introduction in the new Stories from the Outlands video below.
Survive, as the video is officially titled, tells Vantage’s backstory, picking up as she stumbles across the remains of the mysterious GDS Vantage while out hunting on her snowy home world of Págos. As her curiosity increases, and ignoring her mother’s warnings to leave well alone, she one day descends into the Vantage’s cavernous wreckage, where she discovers the truth – that it’s a prison ship and her mother was its captive.
One failed escape later, Mara, accompanied by her new bat-like companion Echo, is trapped and on the brink of death – so her mother (wrongfully convicted, Respawn notes elsewhere) does the only thing she can, giving up her freedom by alerting the authorities to her whereabouts in the hope they can help.