Apex Legends' next hero gets a new story trailer ahead of gameplay reveal

Ballistic walking down snowy path looking pensive.
(Image credit: Respawn)

Respawn has revealed a story trailer for its next Apex Legends hero via its "Stories from the Outlands" series. Ballistic is a washed up veteran of an Apex Games predecessor who, wouldn't you know it, gets pulled out of retirement for one last job.

The trailer shows a distinctly The Dude-looking Ballistic puttering around his mansion before getting enraged by a 30 for 30 style documentary about his Thunderdome career, which concluded with him getting his teammate and brother-in-law killed thanks to a "selfish" and "crowd-pandering" combat style. 

Well, now his estranged son's trying to get in the game, so Ballistic sobers up, gives himself a Max Payne 3-style shave and haircut, and gently arranges (read: takes a hostage and demands) to take his son's place.

Ballistic's set for a more full breakdown with the upcoming season reveal trailer on the 25th, but I already dig his lore and look⁠—'punished, guilt-ridden gunslinger' is always in. He also sounds like my kinda character mechanically too⁠—he might have mellowed out a bit from his show-boating, hot-dogging style of Battle Royale gunplay, but not that much. 

His hot-headed hostage taking, Assault role, and "Refined Gunslinger" title all make me think he'll be an all-or-nothing glass cannon sort of guy. We'll know more with the April 26 trailer and next season's full arrival on May 9.

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Ted has been thinking about PC games and bothering anyone who would listen with his thoughts on them ever since he booted up his sister's copy of Neverwinter Nights on the family computer. He is obsessed with all things CRPG and CRPG-adjacent, but has also covered esports, modding, and rare game collecting. When he's not playing or writing about games, you can find Ted lifting weights on his back porch.