Winter Express was a much-beloved Apex Legends mode, introduced late last year over the Christmas period, that changed-up the usual order of business in favour of quickfire rounds between three squads. Built around battling for control of a train, \’the Holiday Express\’, the mode slightly re-jigged map elements like ziplines and packed the squads into close proximity: it was fast, frantic, had amazing music, and was gone too soon.
But it\’s coming back. As part of the hoopla around Apex Legends\’ new Season 7 content, Respawn developers took part in a livestream discussing the patch. It\’s fairly long (and interesting!) but at around 31:40 the screen shows the main menu\’s \’timeline\’, which tells you what your mates have been up to. And it shows that Respawn\’s mates have been playing a bunch of Winter Express.
Here\’s a screen of the moment in question.
In addition to this, the current update has also added badges (Apex\’s in-game achievement system) that reference both Winter Express and… the 2020 Holo-Day Bash. The first version of this event introduced a bunch of cosmetics and challenges, as well as the Winter Express mode, and was the first time I\’d ever seen a gun decked out in candystripes and a jolly festive scarf.
There\’s no official word on when this all kicks off, though perhaps worth noting the 2019 Holo-Day Bash ran in-game from December 13, 2019 to January 7, 2000.