A new map for developer Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends map has leaked online suggesting that the current Season 6 may have a big surprise in store for fans. In case you weren't already aware, a goodly portion of the new content that comes out for the free-to-play battle royale game is revealed ahead of schedule thanks datamining leaks. The latest of these points to a brand-new map coming to the game soon, dubbed "Tropic Island," though that name could simply be a placeholder. After all, Tropic Island is pretty generic, especially compared to the game's previous maps, King's Canyon and World's Edge.
At the moment of publishing, zero assets of the map have leaked online, meaning right now all we have is code referencing the map within the game's files. And it looks like this code was added with the game's latest Season 6 update. This could mean it's coming soon, but it could also mean Respawn is just now starting to test the map in its development build of the game. If this is the case, then it could a little ways off from release.
As for the leak itself, it comes way of prominent Apex Legends leakers Shrugtal and Biast12, both who recently and individually relayed word of "Tropic Island" within the game's files.
Tropic Island map pic.twitter.com/5tz0lLNkab— Shrugtal (@shrugtal) August 18, 2020
it looks like Tropic Island is a new map! pic.twitter.com/PP92X947HG— Biast12 (Tobias) (@Biast12) August 18, 2020
Interestingly, this is not the only "leaked" map we know about it. There have been leaks pointing to a map dubbed "Olympus" for a while. These could be the same map, but it seems unlikely. And if they aren't, then Tropic Island may be very far away, because you'd assume Olympus would come first given that we've known about it for longer and have more leaks pointing to its existence.
That said, as always, take everything here with a grain of salt, the leak itself, and the speculation derived from it. At the moment of publishing, neither Respawn or EA have commented on the leak, and it's highly unlikely either will, as typically neither comment on leaks of this variety.