Out of nowhere, a new type of item–jump pads–have appeared in Apex Legends near Market. And these are not just any jump pads either; they’re the ones the rumored new Legend Octane places as his Ultimate ability, suggesting that developer Respawn Entertainment could be teasing what’s coming to the game soon.
We’ve stumbled upon it ourselves (as you can see in the video above), and we aren’t the only ones, as evidenced by posts on Reddit. Other players are reporting they’ve found Octane’s jump pads as well. Respawn is just leaving coy-looking emoji comments in response, which implies this is a purposeful tease of what’s to come, and not a mistaken leak on the developer’s part.
Prior to this, Octane has leaked a few times, which is why so many people believe he’s the next scheduled character for Apex Legends. The first mention of the Legend was a leak that showcased the character’s ability page. The leaked image stated Octane’s Passive allowed him to heal over time while not in combat, his Tactical caused him to move 30 percent faster for six seconds at the cost of 10 percent of his health, and his Ultimate deployed a jump pad to launch Legends into the air.
After that leak, another one–this time detailing the upcoming battle pass for Apex Legends–also showcased Octane, seemingly confirming he’s the next playable character in the battle royale game. In this second leak, the Origin landing page had accidentally changed early, promoting the battle pass with a picture of the Borderlands-looking Legends. “Survive the the [sic] arena, meet the Apex Games’ latest Legend, Octane, wield new weapons, and score unique loot. The Season 01 Battle Pass is here, purchase it at the in-game store for 950 Apex Coins,” the launch page said.
After these leaks–and a few other less credible ones–Respawn responded, clarifying the battle pass would not launch on March 12 like some data miners had suggested and that not everything on the internet should be taken at face value. “There’s lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet,” Respawn community manager Jay Frechett wrote. “We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth. There’s stuff in there that is very old, or things we’ve tried in the past and cut–remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas–and some of it may be things we’re still building for Apex Legends.”
There seems to be some semblance of truth to Octane at least. Respawn hasn’t clarified whether his launch pads will stick around near Market or eventually be removed from the game when the Legend does officially release–which is due this month. Apex Legends is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.