This afternoon, Respawn Studios revealed their game Apex Legends. The battle royale title is an extension of the studio’s Titanfall series, but without the mechs, apparently. And, best of all, the game is (drum roll) FREE! Apex Legends is available to download on XBox One, PS4, and PC today.
Respawn’s live reveal event featured behind-the-scenes interviews with the developers and gameplay, in addition to the trailer which will make you drool (if you’re into that sort of thing). As far as gameplay, it seems like squads are trios as opposed to duos or 4-person teams, and each squad member has its own class with its own special abilities. And you can respawn, which has been pretty much unheard of in this survival genre (there’s a beacon where you can revive your squadmates).
Could this be a Fortnite killer? Fortnite launched 1 year and a half ago, single-handedly revolutionizing the battle royale genre. Several games swooped in over the past year to make a dent in BR market, but Fortnite has been unstoppable, aided by Epic Studio’s pattern of constant updates and limited time offerings. (Not aided by absurd bloom and run & gun, which have driven countless players away from the title.) From the gameplay we’ve seen on Twitch and Mixer, this game is going to give Fortnite (also a free game) a run for its money.
Here’s the description of Apex Legends from Origins.com:
Conquer with character in Apex Legends, a free-to-play* Battle Royale shooter where legendary characters with powerful abilities team up to battle for fame & fortune on the fringes of the Frontier. Master an ever-growing roster of diverse Legends, deep tactical squad play and bold new innovations that level up the Battle Royale experience—all within a rugged world where anything goes. Welcome to the next evolution of Battle Royale.
A Roster of Legendary Characters
-Master a growing roster of powerful Legends, each with their own unique personality, strengths and abilities that are easy to pick up but challenging to truly master.
Build Your Crew
-Choose your Legend and combine their unique skills together with other players to form the ultimate crew.
Strategic Battle Royale
-Use your abilities–and your wits–to make strategic calls on the fly, adapting your crew’s strengths to meet new challenges as the match evolves.
-Experience a brand-new array of innovative features that level up the Battle Royale genre, including Respawn Beacons, Smart Comms, Intelligent Inventory and an all-new way to drop into the action with Jumpmaster deployment.
Sweet, Sweet Loot
-Drop in and loot up with a host of powerful weapons, diverse attachments and useful armor to protect you in battle. After the fight, collect a wealth of cosmetic options for personalizing your character and weapons, and unlock new ways to show off during the match.