Apex Legends is the latest game hoping to capture the phenomenon that is the battle royale genre, and eat into Fortnite‘s unprecedented market share.
Today, Respawn Entertainment, the team behind the critically successful Titanfall franchise, announced and released Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter set in the Titanfall universe, 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2 and minus the giant mechs and wall running mechanics that popularised the franchise.
Yes, you read correctly, Apex Legends is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Apex Legends will players let control of one of eight characters or “legends”, each with their own unique abilities, and squad up with two other players as one of 20 squads fighting for survival.
The game will feature seasons and a Battle Pass, like Fortnite, where players can earn cosmetic items.
But enough talking, check out the official Apex Legends gameplay trailer below. I’d also recommend visiting the Apex Legends website for more information, or Press-Start who have a tonne of coverage from their preview session in Los Angeles.
This is a smart move for Respawn Entertainment, who need a commercial win after Titanfall 2 failed to live up to publisher EA’s sales expectations. Despite having one of the best single-player shooter levels ever in “Effect and Cause”, the game didn’t have enough traction to maintain a solid player base – releasing just weeks before Call of Duty and Battlefield probably didn’t help that.
I’m downloading Apex Legends as I write this, so haven’t had a chance to play, but if the gameplay is anything like Titanfall, it should be a tonne of fun.
Only time will tell if Apex Legends can capture the same momentum enjoyed by Fortnite, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and Call of Duty Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode (to a lesser extent). Fortnite is probably pretty safe given Apex Legends‘ MA15+ (outside of Australia read: Mature) rating, but perhaps PUBG and COD should pay attention.
If the success of Apex Legends helps Respawn Entertainment create more games, then I’m wishing for the best, even if Titanfall 3 is not the next game.