New Apex Legends Mobile Animated Short Reveals Fade’s Past

One of the biggest draws of Apex Legends Mobile is its mobile-exclusive legend, Fade, whose story can only be discovered by collecting Fade Chips in the mobile game and piecing together his past. But today, all that changed with the release of “Meet Fade,” a fully animated Stories From The Outlands-style short detailing the new Legend’s backstory.

Players received the general gist of Fade’s story through his in-game bio (later updated with more information) and by collecting Fade tokens, which revealed most of the details. But Respawn seems to understand the value of introducing new characters through animated shorts, especially for players who may not have completed the in-game quest to unlock Fade’s backstory, or who didn’t start playing Apex Mobile until after that the event ended.

Playing now: Meet Fade | Apex Legends Mobile Characters Trailer

The short itself doesn’t reveal too much new information, but it does give players a closer look at exactly how Fade’s simulacrum suit was stolen, and how it went wrong. Fade (real name Ignacio Huamani), his father, and his brothers are former mercenaries turned treasure hunters. After tracking down a crashed IMC cargo ship containing a simulacrum suit, Ignacio immediately tries it on, much to his brother’s dismay, as the suit they are stealing is intended to be sold to a customer.

Moments later, the family is ambushed by mercenaries. Knowing they are doomed, Ignacio’s father removes a curious-looking dog tag, throws it at Fade’s brother Luis, and signals the two brothers to run. Luis has to physically drag Ignacio out of the firefight as the future legend yells “Dad!” in a harrowing scene that is eerily similar to Loba’s reaction to seeing her father murdered at the hands of Revenant.

Fade tries on the simulacrum suit moments before his family is ambushed.

Luis and Ignacio fail to get out of the crashed ship in time, and Luis jumps to take a bullet for Fade, dying in his brother’s arms as the mercenaries close in. Following his brother’s last words, Fade flees. using the simulacrum suit to safely disappear into the void.

But unlike Wraith’s Phase Tech, Fade allows him to traverse both space and time. When he comes out of the void, the bodies of his family are gone, and all that remains is his father’s dog tag. Unfortunately, the mercenaries who killed them are still on the prowl, knowing that Fade would eventually return. He quickly dispatches all but one of the mercenaries, demanding that the man tell him who he takes orders from so he can hunt down the person who killed his family. The mercenary refuses, telling Ignacio that it would be better if he gave him the suit, since the man who sent the mercenaries after Fade’s family “isn’t the kind of person you’re looking for.”

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Fade's father's dog tag, which he retrieves after his family's murder.
Fade’s father’s dog tag, which he retrieves after his family’s murder.

Fade disagrees, killing the last mercenary on the spot and declaring his intentions to find the man behind his family’s murder by showing off his simulacrum suit at the Apex Games. There’s no telling what’s coming next for Fade, but it’s certainly going to get the attention it craves: The Apex Games are broadcast throughout the Outlands territory, and seeing that simulacrum suit in action is sure to turn heads.

Apex Legends Mobile is available to download on iOS and Android.

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