A New Apex Legends Map Could Be Coming, According to Job Listing
Respawn Entertainment looks to be gearing up to someday surprise Apex Legends players with a brand new map to play. The teased new Apex Legends map was hinted at in a recent job listing posted to hire someone who would work directly on that.
Job Listing Points to New Apex Legends Map
Comicbook.com noticed the job listing and is on the official EA website, making it clear that this is not a rumor or leak this time around. The job listing is for a new level designer to work at Respawn Entertainment and, specifically, handle level designing on Apex Legends.
The job listing is for a new member of the Apex Legends team in Vancouver, Canada who would work on making the battle royale game bigger and better than ever. It was posted on May 19, so it did take some time for this listing to be noticed by the general battle royale community but here we are.
The most important part of the job description is that Respawn is looking for a level designer whose main purpose will be to “create memorable and intuitive” new Apex Legends maps. It certainly couldn’t be clearer than the battle royale developer looking to introduce new maps.
The developer prefers the new level designer to be excited to contribute to the overall team culture and share their hard-earned expertise with the rest of the team to help create a new Apex Legends map for the online battle royale game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Position Seems to Be All About Making New Maps
It is even mentioned again in the bullet points section of the job listing regarding what exactly the new Respawn employee would do at the studio once hired. The very first point notes that the developer will create and “own large scale multiplayer maps.”
To do this, they will have to work alongside employees of all disciplines, including coding, art, designing, audio, animation, and special effects to create the fully playable new maps. The catch is that the level designer must work within the confines of the predetermined metrics of the game.
They also need to be forward-thinking and proactive in finding ways to improve the overall player experience through their map design without having a ton of direction on what to do next. Finally, they need to lead by example and establish gameplay as the primary focus of any new Apex Legends map.
But at the same time, they need to be able to realize the creative vision for taking players to new worlds. Overall, this is a position almost solely focused on new maps from what we can see in the official job description. To do this, it needs to be someone who has more than three years of professional experience in game design.
There Are Two Maps Currently Available
More importantly, they must have some strong examples of finished multiplayer maps that they have done in the past for other games. If it weren’t any more clearer, Respawn Entertainment is actively looking to expand Apex Legends with new maps in the future.
At the end of the day, this is no surprise whatsoever. The game was quick to release its second map, World’s Edge, during the first year that it was available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, which is something that other games in the genre like Fortnite did not even remotely try to do.
This was a shocking moment for players who were just still getting used to the Kings Canyon and everything that it was all about. This led to some players even wanting the original map to return once it left the game and the World’s Edge area was the only option for battle royale matches.
Thankfully, it did this year with the launch of Season 4 split two where it permanently came back to the game alongside World’s Edge and the two maps have coexisted almost entirely ever since. Players can pick between them at this point, which is a welcome change of pace.
Don’t Expect a Third Map Anytime Soon
That typically isn’t the case for the ranked portion, though, where players have to select a single map chosen by Respawn Entertainment and could change up soon. That said, the game is in a nice groove at this point with its two main battle royale maps.
Adding in a third map wouldn’t probably change too much, though, and would be a chance to offer something unique from Kings Canyon and World’s Edge. The question remains if it would release this year or sometime in the future.
But given the fact that this job listing is rather new and not even a month old at this point, any new maps may be still in the early stages of development. The job listing is still open and available for people to apply at the time of writing this, so this could be very early indeed.
We won’t even see a new map this year, or if we did, we wouldn’t be surprised to see one launch alongside the next-gen version of the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X presumed to be happening at this point.
At the same time, the level designer could be focusing on not wholly new maps but just iterating on the two existing maps with changes and new areas. This is a possibility, but given everything, we would recommend not getting your hopes up too much for a third Apex Legends map in the next season or two.