'Apex Legends' Update: New Characters Leak, Revealing Octane and Wattson

It is still early in the lifespan of Apex Legends, but data miners have uncovered ten possible new playable characters (called “Legends” in the game) yet to be added to Respawn’s hit free-to-play shooter. When these Legends will be added is currently unknown.

Over Presidents’ Day weekend, data miners uncovered new code under the names “Wattson” and “Octane.” This information was shared on Twitter by a user named @Shrugtal. Shrugtal’s discovery also includes hints at specific abilities; Wattson has a “Tesla Trap” (which sounds like an electrical weapon) while Octane has a “Stimpack” (which could be a healing ability if it’s anything like the one in Fallout games)

Additionally, there are eight names data miners have uncovered in the game’s code with no other information associated with them. The list comes from a Twitter user named @ApexLeaksNews, who edited an image graphic showing similarities between existing Legends code and new ones. The names are:

  • Crypto
  • Husaria
  • Jericho
  • Nomad
  • Prophet
  • Rampart
  • Rosie
  • Skunner

The curiosity over new characters in Apex Legends comes from overall excitement for the new game. After its “surprise” release on February 4 for PC and consoles, the game — a spin-off the acclaimed but moderately successful Titanfall series — found an audience almost overnight. It is now considered a major rival to Fortnite in the genre of online battle royale shooters.

Unlike Fortnite, which has distinct character skins but no distinct character gameplay, Apex Legends takes after Blizzard’s Overwatch by featuring a roster of characters with their own unique abilities.

For example, Wraith, a ghost-like witch, can turn invisible for a brief period. Bloodhound, a soldier hiding behind a plague doctor mask, can scan their surrounding area for enemies. And Mirage, a “holographic trickster,” can generate virtual dummies to fool enemy players. A full breakdown and ranking of the Legends in Apex Legends can be found here.

The fever for new characters can be seen in a multitude of different video games, of all genres. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a prime example, as gamers are curious to know which characters from gaming history can join one of the biggest gaming crossover franchises in history. Popular candidates right now include Sora from Kingdom Hearts and Erdrick from Dragon Quest.

Fans of Smash Bros. are so obsessed, their patterns for looking for leaks mirrors that of Apex Legends, although searching the source code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been less revelatory. Meanwhile, fans of Mortal Kombat are half-jokingly campaigning for NetherRealm Studios to add Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? to Mortal Kombat 11, set for release April 23. Even Fortnite added Marvel’s Thanos as part of a limited-time special mode meant to celebrate the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Given enough time, Apex Legends may eventually add its own crossover characters from other games and pop culture, but for now, we’re excited to see how Respawn plans to expand its current roster of original Legends.

Apex Legends is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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