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Apex Legends Season 2 trailer drops tomorrow, but a 'Crypto Laptop' is in the game now

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The Apex Legends Season 2 launch trailer will be revealed tomorrow, June 27, at 10 am PT/1 pm ET, on YouTube. There's a page for it up already, if you'd like to wait. (And based on the very active chat, people are.) But other interesting things are already happening.

First up is this tweet, which features the dragons that appeared in the game last week—except that maybe they're not dragons so much as little bitty birdies, at least compared to whatever it is that appears in that video clip. That huge eye has been seen previously, and is presumably the same eye that appears in the background of an "unused promotional banner image" uncovered by Shrugtal back in March. But seeing it move, and the pupil constrict, as a player soars past kind of puts it in a different perspective. That thing is huge.

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Also interesting, and equally mysterious, is the appearance of a "crypto laptop" in the game. It doesn't appear to do anything at the moment, but one reasonably solid working theory is that it's a tease for a new character coming to the game in season 2 named Crypto, who hasn't actually been announced yet.

There may also be a functional element to it, and this is where the whole thing gets a little involved. As broken down by Inverse, the flyers and leviathans (those giant dinosaur things that roam the waters surrounding Kings Canyon) are kept at bay by repulsor towers on the island, so the story goes, but Crypto, for whatever reason, disables them, allowing the creatures to make their grand entrance. They cause all sorts of damage and headaches, until Wattson shows up and builds a new disruptor to shoo them away—although I assume that effort can't be 100 percent successful, if the creatures are still appearing on the island.

There's a tweet that's loosely related to that, too.

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I honestly have no idea what it all means. It could be purely narrative window dressing to support the arrival of the new character(s), or maybe Crypto's ultimate involves deploying the laptop to call in a flyer or two to give other players a hard time. Or maybe it's something else entirely! We'll find out more tomorrow when the trailer drops.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.