If you’ve followed the news this morning, you’d be well aware that Apex Legends, the brand new free-to-play battle royale from Respawn Entertainment, has released alongside its official reveal. Heck, it’s probably already in your download queue.
Here’s a bunch of things that might be helpful to know about Apex Legends, sorted into an easy to digest list before you dive into this unexpected Titanfall spin-off and would-be heir to the battle royale market.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale game that is available now on consoles and PC.
The game is set thirty years after the events of Titanfall 2.
Respawn has been careful to stress the fact that Apex Legends isn’t a true sequel to Titanfall 2, though it’s the same universe.
The game explores characters and new areas of lore not yet seen in the franchise.
In a departure to its competitors, Apex Legends pits twenty squads of three against each other, bringing the total player pool to just sixty.
The game features eight characters, called Legends, at launch.
Only six of those eight are available from the get-go, with the other two left available to unlock gradually through general play or to unlock by purchase if you’re that way inclined.
Apex Legends takes place in the Outlands, a once thriving land far away from the Frontier we came to know in the first two Titanfall games. The map itself, while in the Outlands, is called King’s Canyon.
Apex Legends does not feature titans.
The game will feature a seasonal content roadmap, with new Legends and weaponry coming on a quarterly basis.
Despite being free-to-play, Apex Legends is regarded internally at Respawn as a true AAA game.
The team has included “bad luck protection” for their loot crate system which guarantees a Legendary drop for every thirty crates opened. In my experience with Apex, the drop rates are better than even that.
The drop rates themselves have been published in a number of places in the interest of transparency, and there’s no chance of duplicate item drops.
Wall running, a staple feature of past Titanfall titles, does not make a return in Apex Legends.
“Where are we droppin’?” It’s an age-old question that knots my stomach as the forever uninitiated. Fortunately, Apex appoints a Jumpmaster who has full control over when and where the squad drops, remaining in control of the trio throughout the full descent because a squad that stays together slays together.
If the above point doesn’t appeal to you, lone wolf, you’re free to break off from the pack and drop solo.
Apex Legends also features a unique respawn system where, if you retrieve a fallen teammate’s banner card from their body, you’re able to call them back in at beacons scattered throughout the map. So, it’s never truly over.
The game also features a helpful smart comms system that allows rapid tagging of items that may be of interest. Enemies, helpful loot or even vague areas that show signs of having been picked clean by the opposition.
So that’s a quick rundown of just some of the key features in Apex Legends, be sure to keep an eye out on all of the other content we’ll have to roll out following our hands-on opportunity prior to its announcement and release this morning.