Respawn Entertainment has recently revealed the launch trailer for Apex Legends’ Season 17: Arsenal. The trailer picks up where the latest legend’s episode of Stories From The Outlands left off, providing some thrilling new details regarding the upcoming season’s content while giving players a sneak peek at some of Ballistic’s abilities.
Framed as a pre-recorded video message left behind for Ballistic’s estranged son, Nathaniel, the new trailer offers some insights into the way Ballistic operates both on and off the battlefield. Ballistic assures Nathaniel that his reasons for stealing his son’s spot in the Apex Games are almost entirely altruistic. As “Somewhere Beyond The Sea” plays in the background, Ballistic can be seen taking legends down one by one, including beating professional trickster Mirage at his own game.
Though Ballistic’s abilities have yet to be confirmed, his official character bio lists him as an Assault-class legend, meaning his class-based abilities are no mystery. The Arsenal launch trailer adds more insight into the way his legend-specific abilities will perform in-game. At one point, he appears to use a special ability that seemingly causes Ash to short-circuit while firing at him. It’s unclear if this ability only affects non-organic characters, or if it’s related to what sort of weapon they’re firing.
Later, he’s seen using an ability that appears to take out an entire trio of enemies using a mechanism described via on-screen text as an “auto-loader.” It’s not entirely clear what’s going on here, though Ballistic appears to be blindly shooting at three different enemies while also doing a backflip several dozen feet above the ground, suggesting he may have an ability that improves his aim, or otherwise increases the odds of hitting something in spray-and-pray scenarios.
The trailer confirms the release date for the Arsenal gameplay trailer, which is scheduled to go live on Monday, May 1 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET, with the new season slated to arrive a week later on Tuesday, May 9 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.
The Arsenal launch trailer is an exciting preview of Apex Legends’ upcoming season. The trailer ends with an apology to Nathaniel and a stern reminder to stop going through his father’s belongings, which suggests that Ballistic’s adult son may not take the usurping of his place in the Apex Games gracefully. Apex Legends is free to play on console and PC, and the mobile version of the game, Apex Legends Mobile, is available to play on Android and iOS devices until it is sunset on May 1.