Apex Legends' new character is a defensive powerhouse, new season starts July 2

Unveiled at EA's E3 press conference today, Apex Legends' second season is coming on July 2—and it sure includes a lot of exciting new features. The craziest of these is a new Legend named Wattson that is a defensive powerhouse able to lay dozens of laser barriers that'll help her fortify structures and force enemies into killzones. Also coming in season 2 is a new gun, a new ranked mode, and buffs to existing weapons like the Mozambique.

But let's focus on the new Legend first because she's an incredibly subversive character that'll help push Apex Legends' meta away from being so ultra-aggressive. Named Wattson, she's a genius engineer that can lay up to 12 nodes that connect to form laser barriers. While your team can cross these barriers unharmed, enemies will have to avoid them, making Wattson an ideal defender who can seal off entry points or corral enemies into deadly ambushes.

Her ultimate ability is called an Interception Pylon and it's a permanent structure that will destroy incoming mortar strikes, grenades, and arc stars as well as charging the shields of nearby teammates. More interestingly, this Interception Pylon recharges Wattson's barrier ability, letting her place barriers at an increased rate while near it.

Wattson's passive ability makes Ultimate Accelerants fully charge her ultimate ability, meaning she can hoard these to instantly place Interception Pylons when she needs one—allowing her to rapidly deploy defenses in the heat of battle.

Griffin Dean, one of Apex Legends' game designers, said Wattson is designed to push back against Apex Legends' hyper-aggressive meta and give teams more defensive options. She looks really exciting and I can't wait to try her.

But Watson isn't the only exciting thing about season 2. The L-Star, one of Titanfall's weapons, is being added to the game and, according to its designers, is very overpowered. The L-Star is so strong it can shoot open doors—so it's no surprise that it can only be found in care packages instead of spawning out in the world like most regular guns. Like all care package guns, the L-Star will have limited ammo, so you have to use it wisely.

Other guns are getting buffed too, including the Mozambique. Executive producer Drew McCoy said more details would be coming later, but new hop-ups are being added that should make the Mozambique finally worth using.

Season 2 will also change how you earn rewards through the Battle Pass. Instead of timed events, everything is now challenged-based with daily and weekly challenges that will stack if you don't complete them right away, so you won't miss out. Players can expect lots of new skins and stat trackers and badges are being replaced by "a new content" type that Respawn will reveal later.

In addition to that, Season 2 will also feature a ranked mode that you can read about here. 

Season 2 starts on July 2.