Apex Legends Season 16 Revelry is nearly here! The biggest shift in this Season is definitely the rework of Legend Classes. The change was so significant that the dev team decided to push back the next Legend so that players have a chance to get used to the changes first.
In this article, we’ll break down the New Apex Legends Classes in Season 16: Revelry – an overview, which legends are part of that new roster, and their new class perks.
According to Lead Legend Designer, Devan McGuire, “The current Class system is something we’ve wanted to change for a while. The classes, honestly, were starting to not have meaning.”
“Some Legends were in Class roles that didn’t fit their playstyle. They were just there for legacy. And only one class brought gameplay value to the team.”
When they revitalized the system, they came in with clear goals to tackle the problems. The first is that they wanted Classes to reflect some clear common playstyles that existed with the Legends of the game. The second thing is that they wanted to give actual gameplay value and meaning. They have accomplished this give the Classes their own unique perk. And finally, they wanted players to have more consideration for team composition.
List of New Apex Legends Classes in Season 16
The bread and butter of any aggressive team, the Assault Class is all about combat initiation and utility. These Legends have core patterns that revolve around using their abilities to force enemies to make combat decisions. Essentially the tip of the spear in any offensive, these players’ decisions have a ripple effect for the rest of the engagement.
Assault Legends Roster:
Assault Class Perk: The ability to open the hidden shelf of a new weapon supply bin (aka Red Bin). Inside these new bins is a smart loot system that will provide that shelf with the perfect attachments for your team’s loadout. Additionally, the Assault Class is able to carry one more stack of ammo per slot.
This new class is all about area setup and denial. These are Legends that place their abilities in the world to control their position and force enemies to fight on their terms. They accel at holding zones, hunkering down, etc.
ControllerClass Perk: Controllers are going to get access to a new device, placed throughout the maps, called a ring console. This will reveal the location of the next ring. This is functionally similar to what Recon characters have previously been able to do.
Scouts in every sense of the word. These characters are all about enemy intel and tracking. They often play off their scans and tracking abilities to provide enemy intel to the team.
Recon Legends Roster:
Recon Class Perk: The Recon Class underwent a paradigm shift this season. They will no longer have access to ring data. Instead, they can scan a modified survey beacon to reveal enemy positions on the map for 30 seconds. It is worth noting that the enemy team will be notified of being scanned and will be provided with the location of the beacon that pinged them.
Skirmisher Class is all about Combat Mobility and Escape. These are Legends whose abilities give them strong mobility options, or clever escape tactics. They make for good flankers, hit-and-run tactics are their bread and butter.
Skirmisher Legends Roster:
Skirmisher Class Perk: Skirmishers will be able to spot incoming care packages from a distance to see the highest level item-of-value inside. Due to this ability, they can also see if someone else has taken the item from the care pack.
Last but not the least, we have the Support Class. There are Legends that are all about survival and supply. They have a much more team-oriented focus and actively look for opportunities to protect, cover, or resupply their squad. These Legends directly help their team and they allow their team to stay in the fight.
Support Legends Roster:
Support Class Perk: All Support Class characters now have access to the extended shelf in the blue supply bins. For its part, the blue supply bins’ hidden compartment has been modified to contain high-value healing and survival items. Additionally, they will have the ability to craft fallen ally banners at crafting stations.
Respawn on Considerations for Future Legends
When asked if Future Legends are going to have these new Classes in mind, Devan McGuire responded with a “No”.
“Legend Development is more of an organic process. We may start with the idea we want to go after, but as we develop Legends, we develop more toward the unique patterns and playstyles that exist. And those ideas are what resonates.”
“As those solidify, we’ll assign a Class that best fits them. So, Legend Classes are more of a descriptive element to a Legend rather than a prescriptive formula that we built the Legend around.”
But that doesn’t mean that Classes won’t naturally evolve and come about as they expand their roster of Legends going forward and gameplay patterns emerge. We may also see some Legends shift between Classes as the character themselves evolve to get balanced in different ways. And the perks associated with each Class themselves may get removed or changed or dialed out to help balance a healthier meta to the game overall in time.
Apex Legends Season 16: Revelry is coming to PC (via Steam) and all mainline consoles starting on February 14, 2023. Check out the trailer here.
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