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Apex Legends Season 16 Reverly guide: what's new

February 20 2023

Apex Legends Season 16 Reverly guide: what's new
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The new season of Apex Legends, Reverly, is now available to play: read all the news that season 16 brings, including a new Deathmatch mode, a reworked Class system, the new assault rifle Nemesis, the Revelry Battle Pass, new player experience, and more.

Apex Legends' latest season, Revelry, is upon us. As of February 14th, the game has entered its 16th consecutive season with tons of new goodies and a few surprises. First and foremost, Revelry is the first time in a while that we’re not getting a new Legend. Boo! So contrary of what we expected, Ballistic didn’t get added to the list of Legends.On top of that, there’s no new map either, though that may have been somewhat expected.

Despite these absences, season 16 is looking to be pretty transformative for the game, particularly because of the addition of a brand-new mode and some significant changes to the Legends themselves.

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Reworked Class System in Apex Legends Reverly

A new season of Apex without a new Legend? As gobsmacking as it sounds, it’s the truth. Respawn seems to have opted to not add a new character to the mix. Whether this is due to time constraints or to switch things up is anyone’s guess. Instead, they’ve made some major changes to another aspect of the Legends, and that is the class system.

As you probably already know, Legends are categorized by the roles they play in their squads. Until now, these were just indicative of how players should approach them from a strategic standpoint. With this rework, the devs seemingly want to make these roles more concrete.

For starters, Respawn has changed the classes and increased them by one. Legends are now categorized as follows:

  • Assault: Ash, Fuse, Mad Maggie, Bangalore, and Revenant

  • Skirmisher: Pathfinder, Horizon, Octane, Valkyrie, Wraith, Mirage

  • Recon: Bloodhound, Crypto, Seer, Vantage

  • Controller: Caustic, Wattson, Rampart, Catalyst

  • Support: Lifeline, Loba, Newcastle, Gibraltar

You’ll likely notice that some Legends have been assigned new roles as seven of them have been rebalanced and changed to fit into their respective classes. On top of that, all 23 Legends are now also given a perk based on the class they’re in.

Assault Legends gain access to a secret shelf in red weapon crates. This shelf will use a smart loot system based on the character opening the bin. On top of that, this class also gets an added substack of ammo per stack.

Skirmishers gain the ability to see the most valuable loot in care packages that are arriving on the battlefield. This should help squads make more informed decisions when new packages are announced.

Recon Legends can use Survey Beacons to reveal the locations of enemies in the area for 30 seconds. If you’re marked by this, you’ll be alerted which helps balance the ability.

Controllers are given access to the all-new Ring Console. This ability reveals to them the location of the next ring, giving their team valuable information on where they should move to next.

Finally, Support Legends are also given access to a hidden shelf in blue crates. And on top of that, they can also craft Respawn Banners, regardless if they’ve expired or not.

Overall, we may not have gotten a new Legend but the additions to the class system are pretty big. When you combine the perks with the balance changes to characters like Bloodhound and Seer, it’s likely that the game will feel quite fresh.

New Weapon: rifle Nemesis in Apex Legends

Just because we’re not getting a new Legend doesn’t mean we’re not getting any shiny new toys. Like with previous seasons, Respawn is introducing another tool of destruction we can use to decimate our foes.

This time around, we’re getting an energy assault rifle called Nemesis. It’s a four-round burst rifle with an automatic trigger that increases its rate the longer you hold down fire. Specifically, when you shoot and hold down the button, the Nemesis will unleash its four rounds as fast as possible. Furthermore, the longer you hold down the button, the shorter the delay between each burst.

What’s even crazier though is that you can reload while you’re still shooting. The weapon’s bursts are actually charged and remain in the chamber until it’s their turn to be unleashed. This means you can stop shooting, reload, then go back to firing without losing your ramped-up speed.

By the sounds of it, it’s going to create some new opportunities for tactical combat.

Team Deathmatch Mode in Apex season 16

Move away Arena mode. There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s called Team Deathmatch. After a rocky run, Respawn is finally throwing in the towel with one of its most contentious modes for Apex Legends. In its place, comes a classic FPS mode that’s proving to be a big hit so far.

As you’d likely expect, Team Deathmatch involves players teaming up and fighting for kills. Instead of it being 3v3 like in Arena, TDM places you in teams of 6 and your goal is to reach 30 kills before your opponent’s team does. Hitting this threshold results in your team winning a round. Dominate two rounds and you win the match.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, when you throw Legend abilities into the mix, it becomes far more than just a run-and-shoot fest.  You also need to factor in that you respawn after a short while so killing enemies only grants you a temporary numbers advantage.

At launch, the mode will have the following maps:

So far, it seems to TDM is a pretty big hit as SteamDB has noted a new record of concurrent players reaching over 610,000 in a single day.

Mixtape Playlist for the new Apex Legends season

Team Deathmatch is going to be the go-to extra mode for three weeks after season 16’s launch on February 14th. But what comes after that?

Respawn has revealed that once TDM’s run ends, it’ll make way for what they’re calling a Mixtape playlist. This will contain a rotation of past Apex Legends modes, including a Limited Time Mode called Control from season 12.

There don’t appear to be any rules yet set in stone for the Mixtape playlist. Respawn wants it to contain a mix of old and new modes to keep things fresh.

Changes to New Player Experience in Apex Legends season 16

It’s no secret that Apex isn’t a beginner-friendly game. Matchmaking has been somewhat questionable but the worst offense the battle royale title commits is the lack of a solid new player experience. Well, season 16 is looking to change that with some new features

First off, the Firing Range will be getting some new player challenges to help ease them into the mechanics of Apex Legends. These will range from combat-related stuff like shield swapping to learning how to bash down doors. Finish all 10 of these challenges and you’ll earn the “Apex 101” badge.

The game will also now place new players into Orientation Matches where they’ll do battle against AI bots. The idea is to give them a low-stakes environment where they can get to grips with stuff like the drop ship, the ring and generally get their bearings in the game. As a new player, you’ll also be able to invite experienced players to join your Orientation Matches.

Once you’ve played enough of these matches or reached the top five a few times, you’ll be thrown into the regular queues to play against real opponents.

Apex Revelry Battle Pass

Season 16 may be lacking a new Legend and a new map but what it does bring to the table is a new Battle Pass (of course). As with the title of the season, the pass is called Revelry and it has both a regular and premium track.

Rewards for all players include the following:

  • A snazzy new Wraith skin

  • 7 x Apex Packs

  • 11 x Weapon Skins

  • 4 x Load Screens

  • Trackers for all Legends

  • 2 x Music Packs

  • 200 x Apex Coins

  • Season Badge

Those who shell out for the Premium track will be able to earn cosmetic rewards for Crypto, Valkyrie, Bloodhound, Mirage, and Rampart. These all have a dazzling color scheme with purple as the dominant color so it’s clear that Respawn is going for a bit more a celebratory vibe to mark Apex’s 4th anniversary.

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Yannis Vatis
Yannis Vatis

Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 30 years of experience playing a wide spectrum of video games. When not writing about games, he's playing them, and if he's not playing them then he's definitely thinking about them.