There's been a lot of talk on whether Respawn should bring back Kings Canyon, Apex Legends' maiden map, be it in full or in rotation. Now, we're not immune to nostalgia, so yes, we think back to it often, but is that really what we want?
Don't get us wrong - we're pretty conflicted on the matter, because where heart says yes - the mind says no. Much like with everything in life, it's the chase of that first rush that keeps us going but it's a far more complex pursuit than it may appear.
You could argue that Kings Canyon didn't have as much open space, or that it wasn't as rough with choke points, and you'd be right. World's Edge is not without its downsides, but its predecessor had its fair share of those, whether the vocal minority recalls them or not.
Ask yourself, would it still feel the same? Apex Legends has evolved quite a bit since Season 1 and that smell of a new car wore off a while ago. Most players are nowhere near as clueless as they once were, so it is already a different game than it was.
When looking at the current weapons arsenal, Kings Canyon sounds more like an impending disaster than a viable option. Just think about it - how many weapon buffs or nerfs would we need to eradicate the r99 meta then?
What would this mean for the game, and for the poor devs, who are, by the way, currently being lambasted on Reddit for not updating the community during the holidays? Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella made it crystal clear that Apex Legends is not Fortnite and that they've found their own tempo, which won't run the staff into the ground, so yeah.
With Apex Legends heading for its first birthday exactly four weeks from now, we can't help but wonder whether Respawn have some King Canyon-ness in store. It's undeniable that it would be special. Whether it's a smart idea, however, is a whole 'nother story.