It’s been a whirlwind 24-hours for Titanfall fans. Over the weekend several reliable sources leaked information about a new free-to-play battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe called Apex Legends. Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella quickly stepped in to confirm the rumors were legit, and the studio just showed the game to the world in a big reveal livestream.
Taking a page from games like Fortnite and Overwatch, Apex Legends sports both a colorful, stylized look, and lets players take control of one of eight unique “Legends,” which you can no-doubt further customized with various skins and cosmetics. The game supports up to 60 players at once, and brings some new mechanics to the battle royale genre, including squad revivals, a contextual ping communication system, and more. You can check out the cinematic debut trailer for Apex Legends, below.
And here’s a taste of some gameplay.
Apex Legends delivers a squad-based battle royale experience with a uniquely Respawn flavor. Players will select from one of eight Legends - each with their own unique abilities and playstyles - and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn, but challenging to master.
Apex Legends showcases several new genre-leading innovations, starting before players even start the match. Once players are ready to begin, they’ll choose their drop point with the Jumpmaster system, giving each squad full control over exactly where they drop in. Is it smarter to head straight for the most valuable loot and risk early conflict with other teams, or make for one of the outlying areas to plot an attack and let other squads pick each other off?
The innovations don’t stop there as Apex Legends also delivers Respawn Beacons, one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived, a contextual Ping communication system that allows players to call out enemies, weapons, locations and more with the push of a button, and an intelligent inventory system which automatically attaches gear and equipment to the appropriate weapons once players pick them up. All together it creates a battle royale experience unlike any other, complete with Respawn’s commitment to top-notch quality and fun.
Once again taking a page from Fortnite, Apex Legends will include a Battle Pass and seasonal model…
The first season of Apex Legends is scheduled to kick off in March and will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive cosmetic items earned through gameplay. Apex Legends will follow a seasonal model with each themed season bringing new content to the game in the form of new weapons, new Legends, new skins and more.
Apex Legends is available to download on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 right now.