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Did Respawn just murder the new Apex Legends guy?

It looks like Revenant may be real after all, but what happened to Forge?

Austen Goslin (he/him) is an entertainment editor. He writes about the latest TV shows and movies, and particularly loves all things horror.

Last week, Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment introduced the world to Forge, the newest Legend to enter the Apex Games. But in the game’s latest trailer, which Respawn released on Monday morning, Forge was murdered during a “live” interview. The culprit? The mysterious — and frequently leaked — robot, probably, known as Revenant.

The trailer starts out like a standard introduction. The championship-winning MMA fighter Forge introduces himself and talks a big game about how well he’ll do in Apex Legends’ fictional combat sport, the Apex Games. Suddenly, the lights flicker and a robotic figure appears behind Forge. The new robot morphs its hand into a blade and stabs Forge, ending the champion’s run, and probably his chance at joining the Apex Games.

This reveal is simultaneously shocking, and a little expected. On the one hand, when Respawn announced Forge would be the next character added to Apex Legends, there wasn’t much reason to doubt the developer, and no reason to think he’d be murdered in a trailer. What isn’t surprising, however, is the assassin in question.

While we haven’t been formally introduced to this new robot, frequent leaks, which started appearing in October, have led most of the community to believe that this is Revenant. The description of the trailer on the Apex Legends website also says that it introduces us to a mysterious new champion, so this robot entering the game seems like a pretty safe bet.

While Respawn hasn’t officially confirmed that Revenant will be taking Forge’s spot in the Apex Games, it’s worth noting that Forge’s picture is now grayed out on the Apex Legends’ season 4 website. His name has also been changed to “RIP Jimmie ‘Forge’ McCormick,” with a description that reads “Never defeated (except that one time.)” Which isn’t a good sign.

For more information on Apex’s newest Legend, we’ll have to wait for official word from Respawn Entertainment. Thankfully, news is sure to come soon because Apex Legends season 4 starts on Feb. 4.

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