Apex Legends’ best chill-out mode is coming back as Control returns next week Warriors collection event with a new location in King’s Canyon.
Debuting with a 3-week binge at the start of Season 12, Control was the casual gunfight Apex always needed— a more traditional capture point mode that effectively lets you play Team Deathmatch with Apex’s sandbox. He absolutely blew up, so I’m thrilled to see him return with a new map built around the King’s Canyon Caustic Treatment region.
The control had some annoying balance issues, right. But I miss it as a way to hang out with less experienced friends or warm up before a qualifying session. I’m cautious that many of these issues won’t be resolved, but I also hope its quick return means Respawn knows how popular the mode was and can bring it back on a more permanent basis.
But Control’s return isn’t the only thing coming next week. Warrior is also introducing a new Arenas map, Drop-Off, a series of dense skyscraper roofs that I can only describe as having great Halo energy. That’s a good thing – Overflow, Arenas’ current best map, also has great Halo energy, with both maps seeming to be designed more like old-school arena shooter maps than condensed battle royale locations.
Being a collectible event, Warriors also includes a number of new skins, showcasing a pretty clean ’80s Gladiator vibe. Not to be biased, but Horizon’s Gem of Olympus is the absolute highlight, and for the first time in the collection event’s history, I’m thriving. It’s also Crypto’s turn to win a Heirloom, a sword that is part Wiimote and part knife that is awarded for buying everything in the event.
As a transaction model, it’s still not great, costing around $160 for the lot. But Crypto has been deserving of some love for quite some time, and I’m glad that all twelve major Cryptos will now be able to slash with a new slick sword should they ever feel like opening their wallets.
Warriors starts next Tuesday, March 29, and runs through April 12.