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APEX LEGENDS™: BREAKOUT PATCH NOTES



BREAKOUT REWARDS

Every 2 weeks, a new Legend becomes free-to-play for the rest of the season. Each Legend will have a set of challenges to permanently unlock that Legend. Complete all Breakout Rewards Challenges before the season ends to unlock more rewards like the Reactive “Top Tier” Flatline and the Legendary “Runaway Renegade” Wraith.

Check out the full breakdown, including Legends and chase rewards, in our Breakout Rewards blog. https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/breakout-rewards

BREAKOUT MAP ROTATION



The following maps will be available in Trios and Duos for the season:

Olympus
Storm Point
World’s Edge

PERFORMANCE MODE: 120HZ

On PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X, the Video Settings menu has a new “Performance” mode option that is available to players with 120Hz displays. This option targets 120 FPS performance with content optimizations and reductions to visual quality.

To achieve 120 FPS, current-gen consoles now run on a new multithreaded rendering system, built on top of the Rendering Hardware Interface (RHI). Previously, even with GPU optimizations, the Apex rendering engine has been bottlenecked by single-threaded rendering code, which could not scale to the capabilities of modern hardware. This new system allows us to fully utilize the GPU and forms the foundation for future improvements to the rendering engine.

CRAFTING

Breakout brings a complete rework to Crafting, streamlining the system. Welcome to Crafting 2.0, legends!

Replicators have quite a few changes, including a fancy new paint job. They are now free to use, and no longer require crafting materials—we’ve removed them and crafting rotations. When you open the crafting menu, you’ll see that the available options have been reduced: Shield Battery, Medkit, Ammo, and Player Banners. Printing any item will exhaust that replicator specifically for you. You’ll need to find another one if you want another item, so choose wisely.

To offset the single-use system, the number of available Replicators have been increased across the board. Every game will start with 12 Replicators spawned at the start of the match, with an additional Replicator airdrop at the start of Round 4 to add some late-game opportunities. We’re also including a few quality of life changes for Crafting:

Decreased interaction time with Replicators
Inventory can now be accessed from the crafting menu
Printed items left alone will auto-eject from the Replicator after some time

WORLD’S EDGE: RAMPART’S BIG MAUDE

With crafting materials gone, Rampart has been figuring out how to get more customers through her door, and what better way than with a Fire Sale!

All Big Maude paintball weapons are now free, but they will take time to dispense from their vending machines. Once a player has claimed their free weapon, they cannot get another. Loba will still be able to steal a second gun with her Black Market. There is also an increased variety of weapons to choose from, but gold kitted weapons are no longer offered at Big Maude.

LEGEND UPGRADES



This season we’re introducing the Legend Upgrade system for BR modes—an in-match progression system that deepens the Apex Legends experience by allowing you to tailor your Legend to your playstyle. Players will gain EVO points in a variety of new ways across the Battle Royale to level-up not just your armor, but your Legend—unlocking unique ability upgrades at Levels 2 and 3. With each match being a fresh start, the plethora of possibilities adds a new level of strategy and meta.

Check out our Breakout Highlights blog for the full breakdown on Legend Upgrades. https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/breakout-season-game-updates

For full Patch Notes check out our blog here: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/breakout-patch-notes

NEW UPDATES COMING WITH APEX LEGENDS™: BREAKOUT

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NEW UPDATES COMING WITH APEX LEGENDS™: BREAKOUT

The Games are going into overdrive, legends. Drop hotter and hit different with Legend Upgrades—a new system that puts the meta in your hands by unlocking enhancements for armor and abilities. Each match is a fresh start and there’s no better time than now to try new strats on for size. Ranked returns reloaded and ready, tuned to a high-risk high-reward system that incentivizes combat through each split—yup, splits are back. Plus, make your Thunderdome debut in Mixtape, the Frontier’s deadliest entertainment venue. And that’s not all—Performance Mode, Breakout Rewards, a 5th Anniversary Collection Event, and even more. We’re bringing the noise for a fantastic 5th Anniversary season.

LEGEND UPGRADES



Introducing the Legend Upgrade system—an in-match progression system that deepens the Apex Legends Battle Royale experience by allowing you to tailor your Legend to your playstyle. This new feature will restart with each match, giving you the opportunity to try different upgrades on for size.

Earning EVO will now Level-Up your Legend over the course of the game, improving your armor tier and unlocking unique upgrade selections at Levels 2 and 3. Choose wisely, as your decision can impact your whole squad’s strategy.

Legend Upgrades and EVO changes will be limited to Battle Royale modes with Breakout. Stay tuned for our Breakout Patch Notes blog on February 12, 2024, for each Legend’s upgrade tree.

RANKED RELOADED



Scoring will be moving to a more transparent model similar to that of past seasons, placing a heavier emphasis on eliminations over placements. Your hidden skill rating will have no influence on either matchmaking or scoring. The bonus system has also been updated to provide more insight and Player Rankings will now be visible. We’ll also be returning to an improved Ranked Point system.

With these changes, this also means that entry cost will return: 20 RP per Tier starting at Silver.

ELIMINATION SCORING
Elimination score continues scaling with placements—the value of each elimination will increase the higher your team places. There’ll be no hard cap placed on the number of eliminations a player will be scored on nor the amount of points gained from them. Instead, eliminations after the sixth will be worth half of their value.

BONUSES

There are a couple key bonuses that we want to call out with Breakout’s Ranked changes.

Top 5 Streak Bonus: for maintaining a placement streak of 5th or better. Everytime you extend your streak you’ll earn 10RP more than your previous match, up to a maximum of a 40 RP bonus.
2 match streak: +10 RP
3 match streak: +20 RP
4 match streak: +30 RP
5+ match streak: +40 RP
Challenger Bonus: earn a 50% bonus on an elimination of a higher ranked player when you’ve personally contributed. This bonus is unaffected by the elimination soft cap of 6 kills.

MATCHMAKING
We will be matchmaking based on RP values as closely as possible, and will not be using a tier-based lobby like prior seasons. Premade parties will be matched by the highest Ranked player’s ranking.

TIER STRUCTURE
This is another area that we monitored closely and considered all of your feedback, so there are a few changes with tiers for Breakouts Ranked:

Promotional Trials have been removed
Provisional Matches have been removed
Demotion and Demotion Protection will remain the same as Ignite’s Ranked
Ranked Tier RP requirements will have some increases

NEW MIXTAPE MAP: THUNDERDOME



The deadliest entertainment venue is here: enter Thunderdome. Modernized with killer upgrades, this floating sky stadium is inspired by the first arena in Kings Canyon—capturing the essence of its Thunderdome, all while paying homage to the vast history of the Apex Games.

Thunderdome is geared up for a fast-paced matchup in any Mixtape mode with its three lanes to pursue. Grind for the high ground in TDM, battle to see who can hold B in Control, or find one of many power positions to dominate in Gun Run. This latest map was created with a plethora of playstyles in mind and challenges the expected strats used by many. Win or lose, the dynamic stadium crowd will always keep up the good vibes.

BREAKOUT REWARDS



We’re celebrating 5 years of Apex Legends with a series of rewards releasing throughout Breakout. Every two weeks we’ll be unlocking a Legend as free-to-play for the rest of the season. Each Legend will have a set of challenges to permanently unlock that Legend and earn Battle Pass Stars, with even more Legend themed rewards to collect. The 5th Anniversary has a lot to unwrap.

Note: those that already have these Legends in their collection will still need to complete the challenges and other requirements in order to earn the cosmetic and chase rewards.


CHASE REWARDS

Conquer every Breakout Rewards challenge, hit Battle Pass Level 60, or gift six unique freebies before the season ends to unlock even more rewards like a Legendary Wraith skin.

There are three chase items for completing three chase challenges:

Complete all six sets of Legend Challenges → earn Legendary “Runaway Renegade” Wraith
Collect all six Legend Banners in the free Battle Pass track → earn Wraith’s “Royal Stage” Banner
Gift limited-time gifts at least six times → earn a Legendary Sticker and Rare Wraith Tracker set
Each gifted Breakout Battle Pass also counts as a gift
Complete all the Breakout Reward challenges to automatically earn the ultimate completion reward: the Reactive “Top Tier” Flatline.



5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION EVENT & NEW LTM




For the third consecutive year, we have another community-created reward tracker created by amazing Community Artists who teamed up with some of your favorite creators. Thanks to them, you’ll be able to unlock some of the most amazing cosmetics during our celebration event. Complete challenges and earn items like a Ballistic skin, a loading screen, gun skins, event packs, and more exciting cosmetics.

We wanted to give a huge thank you and special shoutout to the amazing artists and creators who helped make this tracker happen!


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Apex Legends: Breakout Gameplay Trailer




Welcome to the biggest Anniversary Season yet! The Legends are upgraded, Ranked gets reloaded, Breakout Rewards roll out all season, and that’s only the beginning. The Games are going into overdrive, Champion–it’s time to Drop Hotter.

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BREAKOUT REWARDS





BREAKOUT REWARDS

We’re celebrating 5 years of Apex Legends with a series of rewards releasing throughout Breakout. Every two weeks we’ll be unlocking a Legend as free-to-play for the rest of the season. Each Legend will have a set of challenges to permanently unlock that Legend and earn Battle Pass Stars, with even more Legend themed rewards to collect. The 5th Anniversary has a lot to unwrap.

Note: those that already have these Legends in their collection will still need to complete the challenges and other requirements in order to earn the cosmetic and chase rewards.


CHASE REWARDS

Conquer every Breakout Rewards challenge, hit Battle Pass Level 60, or gift six unique freebies before the season ends to unlock even more rewards like a Legendary Wraith skin.

There are three chase items for completing three chase challenges:

Complete all six sets of Legend Challenges → earn Legendary “Runaway Renegade” Wraith
Collect all six Legend Banners in the free Battle Pass track → earn Wraith’s “Royal Stage” Banner
Gift limited-time gifts at least six times → earn a Legendary Sticker and Rare Wraith Tracker set
Each gifted Breakout Battle Pass also counts as a gift
Complete all the Breakout Reward challenges to automatically earn the ultimate completion reward: the Reactive “Top Tier” Flatline.




As each featured Legend unlocks as free-to-play, so will their respective challenges—such as playing matches with the Legend, dealing damage, and more. You’ll have until the end of the Season to complete the challenges, earn the corresponding rewards, and permanently unlock the Legends themselves for your collection.


Read More: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/breakout-rewards

NEW UPDATES COMING WITH APEX LEGENDS™: BREAKOUT



NEW UPDATES COMING WITH APEX LEGENDS™: BREAKOUT

The Games are going into overdrive, legends. Drop hotter and hit different with Legend Upgrades—a new system that puts the meta in your hands by unlocking enhancements for armor and abilities. Each match is a fresh start and there’s no better time than now to try new strats on for size. Ranked returns reloaded and ready, tuned to a high-risk high-reward system that incentivizes combat through each split—yup, splits are back. Plus, make your Thunderdome debut in Mixtape, the Frontier’s deadliest entertainment venue. And that’s not all—Performance Mode, Breakout Rewards, a 5th Anniversary Collection Event, and even more. We’re bringing the noise for a fantastic 5th Anniversary season.

LEGEND UPGRADES



Introducing the Legend Upgrade system—an in-match progression system that deepens the Apex Legends Battle Royale experience by allowing you to tailor your Legend to your playstyle. This new feature will restart with each match, giving you the opportunity to try different upgrades on for size.

Earning EVO will now Level-Up your Legend over the course of the game, improving your armor tier and unlocking unique upgrade selections at Levels 2 and 3. Choose wisely, as your decision can impact your whole squad’s strategy.

Legend Upgrades and EVO changes will be limited to Battle Royale modes with Breakout. Stay tuned for our Breakout Patch Notes blog on February 12, 2024, for each Legend’s upgrade tree.

RANKED RELOADED


Scoring will be moving to a more transparent model similar to that of past seasons, placing a heavier emphasis on eliminations over placements. Your hidden skill rating will have no influence on either matchmaking or scoring. The bonus system has also been updated to provide more insight and Player Rankings will now be visible. We’ll also be returning to an improved Ranked Point system.

With these changes, this also means that entry cost will return: 20 RP per Tier starting at Silver.

ELIMINATION SCORING
Elimination score continues scaling with placements—the value of each elimination will increase the higher your team places. There’ll be no hard cap placed on the number of eliminations a player will be scored on nor the amount of points gained from them. Instead, eliminations after the sixth will be worth half of their value.

BONUSES

There are a couple key bonuses that we want to call out with Breakout’s Ranked changes.

Top 5 Streak Bonus: for maintaining a placement streak of 5th or better. Everytime you extend your streak you’ll earn 10RP more than your previous match, up to a maximum of a 40 RP bonus.
2 match streak: +10 RP
3 match streak: +20 RP
4 match streak: +30 RP
5+ match streak: +40 RP
Challenger Bonus: earn a 50% bonus on an elimination of a higher ranked player when you’ve personally contributed. This bonus is unaffected by the elimination soft cap of 6 kills.

MATCHMAKING
We will be matchmaking based on RP values as closely as possible, and will not be using a tier-based lobby like prior seasons. Premade parties will be matched by the highest Ranked player’s ranking.

TIER STRUCTURE
This is another area that we monitored closely and considered all of your feedback, so there are a few changes with tiers for Breakouts Ranked:

Promotional Trials have been removed
Provisional Matches have been removed
Demotion and Demotion Protection will remain the same as Ignite’s Ranked
Ranked Tier RP requirements will have some increases

NEW MIXTAPE MAP: THUNDERDOME



The deadliest entertainment venue is here: enter Thunderdome. Modernized with killer upgrades, this floating sky stadium is inspired by the first arena in Kings Canyon—capturing the essence of its Thunderdome, all while paying homage to the vast history of the Apex Games.

Thunderdome is geared up for a fast-paced matchup in any Mixtape mode with its three lanes to pursue. Grind for the high ground in TDM, battle to see who can hold B in Control, or find one of many power positions to dominate in Gun Run. This latest map was created with a plethora of playstyles in mind and challenges the expected strats used by many. Win or lose, the dynamic stadium crowd will always keep up the good vibes.

Apex Legends: Breakout Launch Trailer




Ruck up, we’re dropping hot! Squad up with Bangalore and the rest of the Legends as the bullets fly across the Outlands. In for another round, shooter? Drop Hotter in Apex Legends™: Breakout coming February 13.

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APEX LEGENDS™ & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH EVENT



Apex Legends™ summons FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH to the Outlands for its first-ever Crossover Event, proving limits are made to be broken! A new event joins the party, as FINAL FANTASY™ VII Takeover replaces unranked BR. Defy destiny with the Buster Sword R2R5, with new abilities and a devastating Limit Break. Find Materia Hop-Ups that add effects like Lightning and more. Collect FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH-inspired skins for Wattson, Crypto, Wraith, and other Legends, kupo!

Plus, collect 36 Event items including a new Death Box and the Mythic Buster Sword R5 Melee cosmetic—equippable by any Legend, in any mode. Unlike a Collection Event, there's a chance to get the Buster Sword R5 in every Event pack you open†. The Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH Event brings two gaming icons to the same universe from January 9-30, 2024. So gather your crew and drop in, merc. Let’s mosey.

NEW: FINAL FANTASY™ VII TAKEOVER
Worlds collide in our new BR Takeover featuring content that will be all too familiar to FINAL FANTASY™ VII fans. Wield the power of a Buster Sword R2R5, which will have gameplay abilities and can be picked up and used as a weapon as a part of the Takeover. Get access to light and heavy attacks, blocking to reduce damage taken and dash to close the gap, and fill your meter to use the quintessential Limit Break. The more you deal, take, and block damage, the faster your meter will fill. If you don’t find a Buster Sword R2R5 hot off your drop, keep an eye out for them in Care Packages and around the map.

While you’re on the hunt for the ultimate weapon, look for Materia Hop-Ups for increased effects and/or bonuses. Each Materia Hop-Up has its own impact and will only attach with select weapons, and can spawn in the world and event-limited Cactuar Ticks!



FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH COSMETICS

Collect 36 items inspired by this first-ever crossover through dedicated Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH Event packs†, with Iconic skins for Horizon and Newcastle, sticker sets, and more! Get a Four-Pack† for a guaranteed Legendary or Iconic item until all of those rarities are obtained.

All 36 items (including the Buster Sword R5 Melee Cosmetic) will be randomly awarded via event packs† with no duplicates of event items. The Buster Sword R5 (unlike the Takeover’s Buster Sword R2R5) is a Universal Mythic Melee Cosmetic that has no gameplay abilities and can be equipped in place of your heirloom or fists. The sword will not be coming to the Mythic Shop after the event ends, so unlock it while you can! 6 Iconic Legend skins will also be available for direct purchase via the store. As you continue to collect items, keep an eye out for Milestone Rewards, given after each milestone on the event packs page is hit.

Full Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH Event packs† probability, Four-Pack guarantee, and pricing details available in-game.

Complete your Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH collection before the event ends and you’ll automatically receive the One-Winged Angel Death Box—a brand new cosmetic item to Apex Legends. Equip this with any Legend via the new Lobby Melee tab to transform the Death Box for every enemy you eliminate.

GIL & REWARD SHOP
Earn Gil, an event currency, while playing the event mode and completing challenges to use in the Rewards Shop to unlock event-limited items. The Reward Shop will rotate inventory weekly and feature select event items, badges, and more. Keep an eye out for event packs to help with your crossover collection.

You can also use Gil to earn additional Battle Pass Stars to continue your seasonal progress. Challenges refresh daily and you'll want to complete as many as possible to earn the full amount of Gil.

STORE TAB
6 Iconic Legend skins will be available via the store as well as the Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY™ VII REBIRTH Event packs†, including Wraith, Horizon and Crypto skins.

TWITCH DROPS
Tune in to select Twitch streams between January 12-30, 2024, to earn stickers while watching your favorite streamers dominate.

Connect your EA account with your Twitch account, and tune in during the dates below to unlock the corresponding items.