Apex Legends “Northstar” Cinematic Shows the Story and Journey of New Character Valkyrie Ahead of Season 9

Published 04/20/2021, 3:04 AM EDT
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With Season 9 of Apex Legends right around the corner, Respawn Entertainment has released the latest episode of the Stories from the Outlands series. Titled ‘Northstar’, the cinematic shows us Kairi Imahara aka Valkyrie joining as the new Season 9 character and establishes a prominent link between the Apex Games and the Titanfall 2 universe.

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The eight-minute-long trailer will fill Titanfall fans with nostalgia while putting the new character’s backstory and journey on the center stage. We find out that Valkyrie is the daughter of Viper, a member of the Apex Predators and pilot of a Northstar-class Titan who fell victim to Titanfall 2 protagonist Jack Cooper.

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In the animated short, Valkyrie hunts down Kuben Blisk, founder of the mercenary Predators and the Apex Games. Blaming Blisk for her father’s fate, Kairi reveals her desire for vengeance. However, Blisk is able to talk himself out of the situation stating that Viper knew what he signed up for and wanted his daughter’s legacy to better than his.

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Presenting herself as Valkyrie, Kairi ultimately settles for a spot in the Outlands’ bloodsport competition, the Apex Games. ‘Northstar’ is one of the best lore episodes from Respawn yet and does an incredible job of tying up the Titanfall narrative with Apex Legends in the run-up to Season 9.

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Besides detailing Valkyrie’s backstory, Respawn has also updated the Apex Legends Season 9 webpage, revealing the incoming new additions. On the page, we get the first glimpse of what her in-game character model would look like. Valkyrie is rocking a suit with a jetpack, giving an indication of what her abilities could be.

Alongside the new Legend, a brand new weapon called Bocek Bow and map changes for Olympus are also en route. The official description of the Bocek Bow reads,

A powerful and deadly weapon, for those with the skill to wield it. Capable of inflicting tremendous damage at medium range, you’ll need to make each shot count.

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The bow seems like a unique weapon and wielding it could offer a new approach to medium ranged encounters. Although, we have to wait until launch to find out how it fares. As for the map changes, the upcoming season will feature an “Infested Olympus”.

Respawn’s description says, “An infestation has sprung loose, strangling the city with roots and natural growths“. As a result, fans can look forward to a makeover of the Olympus landscape, potentially giving rise to new POIs.

The webpage also confirms that Apex Legends Season 9 is known as Legacy and as usual, it will also bring a new Battle Pass and a Ranked season. For now, that wraps up all the official information currently available on the expansion of Apex’s new chapter. Fans will learn more about Season 9: Legacy in the build-up to its May 4 launch date.

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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