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Apex Legends leak reveals next heirloom item

Apex Legends, to its enormous credit, has been doing a good job telling a story in its world despite being a battle royale game. The various cutscenes deployed from one season to the next — particularly that head-fake with The Forge and Revenant — have been top-notch. The maps have been changing in very interesting ways, too.

And how about those heirlooms? Heirlooms are incredibly rare cosmetics that add unique looks to characters while also tying into their personalities and past lives. Only a few characters have heirlooms at the moment, though. Wraith is one. Lifeline is another. Bloodhound, Pathfinder, and Octane are all covered. Now we finally have an idea of who might be the next combatant in Apex Legends to get an heirloom.

Over on the Apex Legends subreddit, user KralRindo has apparently datamined some knife animations from inside the game. These animations reportedly show off the use of something called the "Data Knife," and if you look back to the recent character additions in Apex Legends, you'll likely have an idea about who this fits.

Crypto, as you're probably aware by now, is both a hacker and a playable character in Apex Legends. Back in Titanfall 2, the Data Knife was used to hack into terminals. It sure seems — based on this leak, at least — that the Data Knife is set to have increased prominence in Apex Legends. What's more: it could be the heirloom for Crypto, who would very likely need that knife in order to do all the hacking he does.

What's the big deal about heirlooms? In all honesty, having or not having one isn't going to change the way you play Apex Legends in any dramatic way. Unlocking one simply grants you a voice line, a new pose, and a melee weapon skin. That said, these drops are guaranteed to come if you play enough — a purchase is not required — so it's nice to know there are interesting pieces of chasable loot in Respawn's shooter.

It'll be interesting to see if this Data Knife does end up being part of an heirloom package for Crypto. We'll definitely be keeping an eye out in case Respawn officially adds this to Apex Legends at some point in the future.

Apex Legends seems to be doing well since passing its one-year anniversary back in February. Though the team at Respawn is undoubtedly facing some challenges thanks to work-at-home policies and the like, the game continues to be updated on a regular basis. On top of that, a lot of people are still playing, though Fortnite continues to dominate the battle royale genre.

Things haven't been all sunshine and roses with regard to the shooter, though. Players still expect constant communication from the team at Respawn. They also expect feedback to be acknowledged and implemented, despite the situation the world is currently facing. One major topic of discussion lately has been low-tier weapons and armor in the game. Apex Legends pro PVPX believes white-tier loot should either be removed from the game entirely, or given to players right off the bat. This, PVPX says, would make games faster and more fun.

There's no word yet on whether or not Respawn is considering this change.

The Apex Legends professional scene is also in serious danger, thanks to tournaments being affected by the coronavirus. Many pros weren't all that happy with Apex to begin with, as the game was late to add private lobbies, and actually contracted a third-party developer to work on practice servers for pros. But the health crisis could wind up doing EA and Respawn's "Apex Legends Global Series" in before it ever really gets a chance to take off. That's not good.

Fortunately, some positive news could be on the way as the Easter holiday approaches. Just as dataminers dug up evidence of a potential heirloom for Crypto, some changes were discovered on Pathfinder's heirloom boxing gloves that could point to an Easter event coming soon. As was mentioned earlier, Respawn still seems able to add new content to the game, which is important for keeping longtime players around and interested. You can probably expect a slew of new cosmetics coming with the Easter event, along with a potential limited-time mode or two. That seems to be the formula Apex typically follows for these kinds of things.

Be sure to check back in the days and weeks ahead. Should Apex Legends make some other changes or launch a new event for players, we'll try to get you information about those updates as quickly as possible.