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

Unveiled at EA's E3 press conference, Apex Legends' second season is coming on July 2—and it includes some exciting new features. The biggest is a new Legend named Wattson, a defensive powerhouse who can lay down 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. Time to stop being mean to the Mozambique, everybody.

Meet Wattson, Season 2's new Legend

Apex Legends Season 2 Wattson

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.

Season 2's new weapon, the L-Star is "a beast"

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.

L-Star ammunition is much bigger and heavier than that of other weapons in the game, meaning that you'll have to lead targets more to make up for its relatively low projectile velocity. Another problem is heat: Too much sustained fire will eventually cause the L-Star's lens to break, which "takes some time" to replace. 

The good news is in all of this is that aiming isn't so much a priority with this weapon because, thanks to those huge-ass bullets, if it tags you it's probably going to ruin your day no matter where it hits. LMGs aren't exactly precision weapons anyway, so less-scalpel, more sledgehammer seems like a natural approach and will hopefully make for some good fun in small rooms.

What other weapons are getting buffs in Season 2?

Disruptor Rounds for the Alternator and RE-45 (two vastly underrated weapons, by the way) will do increased damage to shields, while the P2020 and Mozambique will get Hammerpoint Rounds that do increased unshielded damage. "Ideally players will consider one of these hopped-up small arms for weapon-swap tactics, and sometimes carry them unironically into endgame situations," principal weapons designer Sean Slayback wrote in an update

Here are some other changes you'll see to weapons in Season 2:

  • New Energy Mag attachments that will boost the ammo capacity and reduce reload time of energy-based weapons.
  • The Flatline, P2020, Alternator, and Triple Take are getting buffs, and the Arc Star is getting tuned up a little.
  • Energy stack size is being increased from 60 to 80.
  • Shotgun ammo stacks are being hacked from 64 rounds to 16.
  • Changes to airdrop packages, which will use different loot tables depending on the stage of the game—more Krabers in early/midgame drops, more Mastiffs in the endgame.
  • A new set of gold weapons will also be introduced

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.