04. Feb, 2019
Earlier this week, rumor spread of a new Battle Royale game would be coming from Respawn Entertainment. Now it seems those rumors were accurate; a Battle Royale shooter set in the Titanfall universe was released for free today. Titled “Apex Legends”, this new shooter features eight “Legends” for players to choose from, each with their own unique abilities and style of play. Some legends include an interdimensional teleportation specialist calling herself Wraith, a technological tracker who goes by Bloodhound, and a scout droid with a zip line and grappling hook, all of which look like they may were pulled straight from Titanfall 2‘s multiplayer offerings.
As previously stated, Apex Legends is a new team-based shooter in the burgeoning Battle Royale genre, meaning the last team standing wins. When the game starts, teams choose where they want to drop onto the map using the “Jumpmaster” system. Teams also have access to a ping system, a dedicated button that marks anything on the map; enemies, weapons, ammo, and anything else on the map. This system should allow teams without voice chat to still be able communicate quickly. Lastly, Respawn Beacons are single use locations marked on the map that show where downed allies can be revived. Tread carefully, as players are vulnerable while reviving teammates.
Being a free-to-play game, Apex Legends also includes some microtransactions. These include purchasable cosmetic items and premium currency. The premium currency, Called Apex Coins, can be used to purchase weapons and character skins, Legends (6 are free from the start, two are unlockable), and Apex Packs: loot packs containing any number of cosmetic items, crafting material, or character quips. It should be noted that Respawn saw fit to show the Probability rates of the rarity of items Apex Packs contain.
Respawn seem fully committed to making this a “proper live service game,” and so I think we can expect them to push updates for this regularly. Apex Legends is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin store.