Respawn announce new Legend Forge, and then promptly kill him off

By Heidi Nicholas,
EA and Respawn began detailing Season 4 of Apex Legends, titled Assimilation, a few days ago, introducing a new weapon, a new Legend, Jimmie "Forge" McCormick, and a change to their Ranked mode. Fast forward a few days, and Forge is already dead, murdered by suspected new Legend, Revenant.

The Apex Legends YouTube account released one of their "Stories from the Outlands" videos yesterday, showing an interview with Forge on the game's Outlands TV news show. He chats a bit with the host, and generally seems pretty confident about his chances in the Apex Games, until someone *cough* Revenant creeps up behind him and murders him. The video cuts out right before the news host, spattered with blood, begins to scream. It did seem a little strange that we hadn't had much news on Forge before then. Apex fans were already a bit peeved about his reveal, as most seemed to have been expecting Revenant to be announced for Season 4. On the Apex Legends site, there wasn't a page for Forge on the list of Legends, and only a brief note about him on the announcement for Assimilation, along with some quotes of his opinion on the other Legends, and theirs on him. Perhaps they didn't see much point in making a character page for someone they were just about to kill off. Now, his picture is greyed out on the site, along with the words "RIP Jimmie "Forge" McCormick, never defeated (except for that one time)".

Season 4, Assimilation

Apex fans have been waiting for a Revenant reveal for some time, with leaks, hints, and a few scattered details always seeming to point to Revenant being announced as the next Legend. This video doesn't officially do so; the Apex Legends twitter account (now renamed Outlands Television) merely released a "statement" from OTV about the incident, referring to Revenant as an "unknown assailant" and asking for information about him. Season 4 is exactly a week away, so there's still time for Respawn and EA to clarify things. As Eurogamer pointed out, the project lead for Respawn, Drew McCoy, had recently tweeted about his frustration with leaks. "Leaks are the absolute worst", he said. "I've never worked on a single project where it was purposeful or wanted. We spend insane amounts of time and energy to create cool surprises. Really sucks when someone wants internet points bad enough to ruin that." Apex Legends has been plagued with leaks, particularly with the much-anticipated character of Revenant. This could be the reason for their announcement of an apparent decoy with Forge. It could also be intended to draw more attention to the game than even coming straight out with an announcement for Revenant might have done. More and more games and developers are using social media accounts to shore up excitement for their games, and perhaps Apex Legends is trying to step up to that. Fortnite did something similar with Chapter Two of the game. Everybody knew a Chapter Two was coming, and like anything to do with Fortnite, the announcement would have drawn more than enough attention, but Epic managed to step it up still further by surprising expectations with a media blackout. The resulting wait for Chapter Two garnered global attention and multiple headlines. Perhaps Apex Legends wanted to do something similar. They're both highly popular battle-royale titles, always appearing close by each other in our Xbox Gameplay Chart, so perhaps the Apex Legends team wanted to step things up a notch in an attempt to equalise things in what's proving to be a highly competitive business.

We haven't yet had an official announcement from Respawn and EA on what's happening with Revenant, but we'll keep you updated. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about Season 4 of Apex Legends, including the new weapon and Ranked changes, we've covered that here.

(Thanks, The Sixth Axis.)
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!