"PL_WINTER_EXPRESS_RULES_LONG" "First squad to win 3 rounds wins the match. Pick a loadout. Loot doesn't spawn in this mode. If you die, you will respawn before the next round"
— That1MiningGuy (@That1MiningGuy) December 3, 2019
Perhaps the biggest change is that players will be able to select their desired loadout before a match, rather than following the conventual method of dropping in unarmed and needing to loot a makeshift loadout. The fundamental changes don’t end there though, with mid-round respawns and a best-of-three structure both being a departure from the game’s conventional battle royale mode.
Winter Express looks to be a mobile king of the hill game type, with teams claiming victory by being “the only squad on board – or the only squad alive.” That could certainly make for some intense and interesting encounters, though when you’ll be able to play remains to be seen. Currently, there’s no official date set for the Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash event to go live.