Apex Legends data miner That1MiningGuy believes the phenomenon players are referring to as a meteor may in fact be a bug, he explained on Twitter on Thursday.
The meteor in question appeared in Apex Legends as a bright flash of light flying at nearly horizontal angle. It appeared to land in Capitol City, a central location in the World's Edge map. Videos of the phenomenon reached Reddit on Thursday, leading players to suspect it teased some upcoming Season 4 change.
That1MiningGuy explained the light and explosion were likely caused by a rare, but repeatable Gibraltar bug. When casting Gibraltar's ultimate, the targeting beacon typically comes to a stop, which the game then uses to direct the orbital strike.
At one spot on World's Edge, players can throw Gibraltar's beacon through the map, allowing it to fall continuously and thus disrupt the game's targeting.
"Likely what's happening is at a certain distance the radius can crest the game's 'horizon' and allow the bombardment to actually launch horizontal instead of Vertical," That1MiningGuy wrote. "which would then cause what we see in the two videos."
That1MiningGuy further matched the in-game sound and visual effects of the phenomenon to those associated with Gibraltar's ultimate.
"I'm still not 100% sure it's a Gibby ult, but my suspicions lean that way very rough," he wrote.