Skip to main content

Apex Legends dataminers uncover a survival mode and hover tanks

Diligent dataminers continue to root out all of Apex Legends' secrets. Along with the possibility of solo and duo modes, it looks like a survival mode could also be on the horizon. 

ApexDBR discovered references to both survival and team deathmatch modes in Apex Legends' files. At the moment, the game only contains a squad mode and single—albeit massive—map. 

RealApexLeaks did a bit more digging and uncovered additional details shared with GamingIntel. According to the files, the survival mode will feature an NPC crowd that reacts to players by cheering them on, giving standing ovations and booing. Commentary will accompany the matches, too, judging the performance of the survivors. I find the game stressful enough without an audience, honestly, so I think a few boos and jeers would finally break me.

A list of names also appears, apparently not playable characters. They're references to host NPCs, but it's not clear what impact choosing one will have on the match. It looks like kill replays will play during survival mode, too, letting you relive your murder.

What players will actually have to do during the mode is still a mystery, although at one point it may involve dealing with a hover tank. Respawn isn't talking about new modes yet, even in the roadmap. Judging by how Apex Legends launched, however, stealth launching new features or modes seems plausible. 

Respawn confirmed new Legends are coming, and some references to them may have been dug up. The rumoured Legends are Octane and Wattson, while Tesla trap and stim could refer to their abilities. Not that any of this matters to me, a person who only plays Gibraltar for some reason.

Cheers, VG24/7.

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.