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Everything you need to know about Apex Legends Season 12

Mad Maggie returns!?

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Apex Legends Season 12 is expected to start in early February, which means leaks about the upcoming battle pass are slowly starting to trickle in. In the spirit of letting all our Legends fanatics know everything about the next season, here’s the latest on the Season 12 release date, potential updates, and, most importantly, its featured character.

When is the Apex Legends Season 12 start date and time?

According to the countdown visible on the Season 11 battle pass screen, the Season 11 battle pass is set to expire on February 8, 2022. Obviously, this date may change and the countdown can be easily adjusted, but this appears to be the Season 12 start date that Apex Legends’ developers at Respawn Entertainment have settled on for now.

The Season 11 Battle Pass is set to expire on February 8.Respawn Entertainment/EA

As for the precise timing, we expect the update to go live around 1 p.m. Eastern on February 8 given that most recent seasons have debuted at this hour. While the Season 12 date may fluctuate, we suspect this timing is pretty much locked in.

Is there an Apex Legends Season 12 trailer?

Not quite, but there is a new Stories from the Outlands snippet that may offer some clues about what to expect from Season 12. In the eight-minute episode called “Gridiron,” fans get a deep dive into the lore of Bangalore and her brother, Lt. Jackson Williams.

The Stories from the Outlands episode called “Gridiron.”

The clip focuses on the battle for Gridiron, which is categorized as the bloodiest and last battle of the Frontier War. Both siblings fought alongside the IMC, but after Bangalore gets injured, Jackson makes the tough decision to desert the IMC despite their perils and take his sister to a secluded town in the Outlands.

Feeling her brother disobeyed his duty, Bangalore alerts the IMC to their whereabouts under the condition that the militant group is lenient with Jackson for his misgivings. They disregard this promise and instead instigate a confrontation in which an IMC pilot attacks the pair. In the heat of the moment, Bangalore shirks her duty and kills the pilot to save her brother. In their attempt to flee the island Jackson is shot into the far reaches of space, and his whereabouts remain unknown. Bangalore, however, believes he is still alive and has been searching for Jackson ever since.

After the battle for Gridiron, Jackson takes Bangalore to the Outlands to recover.Respawn Entertainment/EA

Is this necessarily a hint toward the Legend for Season 12? Given the early timing of this trailer, we’re not entirely sure. Will Jackson himself be the next Legend, or could an IMC figurehead like Kuben Blisk preempt his arrival to heighten the drama if and when Jackson makes his debut? For now, all we know is that a new Gridiron skin bundle for Bangalore can be purchased from the item shop.

If Season 12 follows the pattern of previous seasons of Apex Legends, fans may also want to be on the lookout for additional trailers around these dates.

  • Stories from the Outlands lore trailer: January 24
  • Launch trailer: January 27
  • Gameplay trailer: January 31
  • Battle pass trailer: February 7

Who is the new Legend and character in Apex Legends Season 12?

While leaks have yet to fully confirm the new Legend set to debut in Season 12, we personally feel there are two strong possibilities for inclusion: Apex Games creator Kuben Blisk and Fuse’s former partner in crime Maggie Kōhere.

Blisk’s lead abilities in Apex Legends

When it comes to Blisk, it’s a well-known secret that Respawn has been hard at work honing this former Titanfall character for potential inclusion in Apex. Leaks from as far back as March of this year showcase clear renditions of his suspected abilities. And, coinciding with his lineage, Blisk will be able to drop a Titan down on the map for a limited time.

  • Pilot Kit [Passive]: Blisk can hack Survey Beacons using his Data Knife. Blisk can also wall run.
  • My Ring, My Rules [Tactical]: Blisk creates a damaging zone powered by The Arena's Ring.
  • Standby for Titanfall [Ultimate]: Blisk summons an auto-Titan to suppress an area.

While conditions of game development can change at any time, we find it unlikely that a character could get this deep in the pipeline only for it to never be used. Typically when a Legend is this fleshed out it finds its way into a future battle pass at some point.

Is Mad Maggie mad enough to enter the Apex Games?Respawn Entertainment/EA

Mad Maggie is the second character to watch heading into Season 12, but her story is slightly more speculative. In September, dataminers SWL and Garret both found evidence of character strings tied to an unknown character called Maali. They have some sort of damage boost attached to an ability. The similarity between the names Maali and Maggie is just close enough to get fans talking.

Leaks will likely fill out as the Season 12 start date gets closer, but right now these are the two characters most worth paying attention to. After all, both Blisk and Maggie follow Respawn’s recent convention of introducing new characters with strong connections to existing ones. While Blisk and Ash once worked together in their more militant days, Fuse and Maggie are now sworn enemies. Respawn has slowly been building out the bonds and drama of its central roster, and these two faces definitely fit the bill.

Are there any other Apex Legends Season 12 leaks?

Not really. This is mostly because with several weeks still left to go in Season 11, it remains difficult to know what unreleased content might be used for the Season 11 battle pass or potentially saved for the next one.

A first look at Crypto’s potential heirloom.

That being said, we do have one small tidbit with regard to heirlooms. On December 5, Apex Legends YouTuber Thordan Smash leaked a first look at Crypto’s heirloom. The weapon is identified as a neon green Jikdo blade that folds out when it's ready for action. With Wattson’s Heirloom tied to December’s Raiders collection event and more possible Heirloom sales happening on Apex Legends’ anniversary date of February 4, the assumption is that this collectible will possibly debut sometime during Season 12.

In the footage, Thordan is also quick to point out evidence of an unreleased energy pistol and Maelstrom LMG. It’s possible one of these weapons could be featured in the Season 12 battle pass as well.

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