Respawn Launches Apex Legends A F2P Battle Royale Game
Following a surge of leaks over the weekend, Respawn Entertainment officially unveiled and simultaneously released its next game: Apex Legends. Set in the Titanfall universe, the game is a battle royale first-person shooter that puts 60 players onto an island for a squad-focused experience.
The game will feature different classes/heroes with their own abilities. You’ll be able to team up in groups of three and battle it out in 60-player matches. There are no titans in Apex Legends, which is why this isn’t launching with Titanfall in the name. Just like the first two Titanfall games, Apex Legends will run on a modified version of Valve’s Source Engine, ensuring decent performance across platforms.
According to EA, Apex Legends has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it different from other battle royale games. The first is the Jumpmaster system, which allows squads to choose where there are dropped on the map. In battle royale games, up to 100 players are paradropped on the map and the last person or team standing wins. In Fortnite or PUBG, you can choose the rough location of your paradrop but can’t control it very well.
Apex Legends allows you to choose if you want to directly go to the centre of the map for top-tier loot even though it risks conflict against rival squads. You may even start on the outskirts of the map and slowly work your way in, hoping that other squads pick each other out. The game also has a couple more interesting features such as Respawn Beacons to create one-time use locations where you can revive fallen squad members, and an inventory system that automatically attached gear and equipment to the correct weapon once you pick it up.
Apex Legends, the new battle royale game from the makers of Titanfall, is off to a fast start. Studio head Vince Zampella announced via twitter that the game reached 1 million unique players in under eight hours. Zampella said he is “so overwhelmed” by the news.
I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 5, 2019
Apex Legends will use the games-as-a-service model through which Respawn will continue to update, grow, and improve the game over time. The game will have a Fortnite-style battle pass with seasons’ worth of content to unlock over time.
Apex Legends is available now to download and play for free via Origin on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The PC version’s download comes in at just under 13GB size, but the console versions’ sizes may vary. Origin Access owners get some extra goodies in-game as well.