Apex Legends, the new free-to-play battle royale from Respawn Entertainment, does anything but play it safe and adopt the common tropes of other games within the genre. One big thing they have decided to do differently is lowering the player cap in comparison to games like Fortnite and Blackout, which can hold one hundred players.
During our conversation with Respawn’s design director, Mackey McCandish, we asked why they decided to opt for three-man squads that make up twenty teams in a total player pool of just sixty.
“We playtested a lot of stuff and through playtesting, and through theory crafting, we identified pretty early on there’s something special about three man squads that was an ownable and defensible space. Because if you make a game entirely around three man squads, you can design around that,” explained McCandlish.