Apex Legends Goes Directly to Prison for a 2-Week Unshackled Event

The Apex Legends gang has been a mischievous bunch. But being a bunch of professional assassins, they broke free for the game’s prison-themed Unshackled event, starting next Tuesday with new looks and a returning LTM.

First debuted in Season 6, Flashpoint is a limited mode that sees health and shield items removed from the map (Olympus this time) in place of Flashpoints – small regions that provide constant healing to anyone inside. While you can craft Phoenix Kits for a fee, each and every heal will require blocking one of these zones, so expect to struggle to bandage your skinned knees.

The other half of this event, however, features several legends in prison-themed attire. It’s not a theme I particularly like, although there are still some gems – Crypto’s new banner, having him pull up to a car with a perky teeny drone, is certainly a standout, as is Valk’s extremely good pastel cut. Like previous minor events, these cosmetics will also stay permanently, something I’m always happy to see more of.

That said, we just had a stellar event in Warriors featuring the return of Apex’s best secret mode and probably the best Horizon skin Respawn has ever made. But not every event has to be a fundamental game-changer, and maintaining that cadence of events small and large should help keep Apex from stalling.

Unshackled starts next Tuesday, April 14, and runs through May 3 – at which point we’ll be gearing up to see what’s in store for the next season of Apex Legends. Assuming you don’t have everything has been leaked.

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