For those who might have been busy this Superbowl weekend: Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment since Friday eased into the reveal of the previously rumored title, Apex Legends. Initially, information on the game was issued through a disclosed email that YouTuber TheQaurteing received earlier in the week, but after contacting Respawn on discussing the game through his videos, the developer did not respond to have the title’s detail withheld until this Monday.
Now following the game’s reveal stream just a few hours ago this afternoon, Apex Legends is definitely real by expanding on the Titanfall universe and creating a unique position with the newest iteration of the battle royale genre.
Here is everything released from today’s livestream of the new battle royale title:
Just like the details from the email that Apex would be “similar to Overwatch”, there is eight differentiating legends to play as that each hone their own play style when dropping in the Frontier.
The map titled ‘Kings Canyon’ is a collection of familiar locales from the Titanfall series and offers a wide range of variety on how to play when you drop. Unlike competing battle royales like Fortnite and PUBG, Apex Legends will have up to twenty squads of three go head on to outlive the remaining groups. When dropping, a Jumpmaster will be chosen and decides when your squad will eject into the game.
With a more condensed first map for the newly launched title, players are soon to run into conflict as early as landing. Hot zones laid out throughout the map will house more special weapons and loot that players will be fighting for when the opportunity is given. Other unique chances are seizing a roving supply ships that appear at rarer instances. With a wide range of weapons available, there’s a caliber to work for anyone’s play style.
Other neat features that stick out is the ability to ping weapons to squad mates and interactivity between each legend when on the field. Either it being when you enter a fire fight or just finding some more uncommon items, the legends will be vocal with one another. Another is the Jump Towers that are littered on the map which allows players to launch and redeploy to other parts of the map if already been cleaned out. But using them will make you a flying target when in traverse.
Respawning is also present if teammates fail to be saved when downed as well. If lucky enough to securing the player’s respected Banner Card, you can take it to a Respawn Beacon to have your squad member redeploy a second time. But also sacrificing your team’s cover as it will create attention towards the entire squad while you are landing back on the map. Players will have to reacquire loot as they will be dropped with no items, so hopefully your firnds have some to spare.
Player customization is also prominent in the new battle royale with a wide range of different options to decorate your legends, weapons, and Legend Banner than can be propped in the game’s map. Obviously this is where the microtarnsactions will be playing its part into the game, but as of yet there sign of lucrative loot boxes like in other EA titles as of yet. The only choices on console store’s currently is for coins to buy cosmetics and featured packs that include both a stockpile of coins along with exclusive skins.
But don’t worry, the familiar Battle Pass that other battle royale have will also be making an appearance in the near future according to the game’s content roadmap.
Reading off the image, each season for the game which seems to be a more frequent three months will introduce new weapons, loot, and a new legend for the first year alone.
And to top off all this information, Apex Legends is a free-to-play title available on most major platforms starting today, so drop in a see what all the noise is about.
Apex Legends is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.