King's Canyon, the iconic first map in Apex Legends, is returning in Season 8, but it won't be the exact same map players know and love. Thanks to new legend Fuse's antics, a massive gunship was brought down and crashed into King's Canyon, taking an entire mountainside with it and causing massive changes to the map.
The List of Changes to King's Canyon
1. A New Zone Where the Ship Crash Landed
The place where the ship crash-landed will open up a new, sizeable area of the map. The ship itself will serve as a sort of power position with multiple ramps scaffolds through which players can enter.
2. Artillery Has Been Hit by the Debris
Artillery got caught up in the destruction and now has a hole that takes players to the crash site zone. The tunnels that let to Containment have also been hit and now can be used to move up north.
3. Spotted Lakes Replaces Slum Lakes
Thanks to the crash landing up north, Slum Lakes has now been flooded and in its place, Spotted Lakes has arrived. ECHO(Ecological Cleanup and Hazard Outreach camps been set up and a damn has been built. There's also a huge zipline here that can take players to the Northern area of the map.
4. Leviathan Bones
Thanks to the Explosion, part of the mountainside was blown away and Leviathan Bones were uncovered. A new pathway has opened up which leads to Runway, and the bones offer a nice view, as well as cover.
5. Observation Towers
Four observation towers can be found in Echo Camps across the map. By interacting with the wall panel in the camp, each tower can be raised just once. It makes a lot of noise and raising it will reveal your position, but it grants talented snipers an excellent place to perch.
6. Explosive Holds
Explosive Holds from the airship have landed across the map, each containing a good amount of loot. Although the doors have been sealed shut, a grenade or arc star should blast them open.
7. Removal of Frustrating Locations
Many frustrating locations or encounters have also been removed from the map. Many towns or buildings that players may have resented have been removed. One such example is the farm, which players have found frustrating to fight or move through. Now that it's been removed, players can move through the area more easily without the worry of an unexpected ambush. The bunkers from Season 5 have also been removed, although the Explosive Holds are expected to serve as a replacement.
Players are without a doubt excited to return to King's Canyon, and likely even more excited to explore the new areas and zones. Season 8 of Apex launches February 2nd, and will also bring new Legend Fuse, as well as a new gun and a solo playlist.