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Apex Legends Comes Free to Console and PC

The next game from the team behind Titanfall.

Feb 06, 2019

By: Max Cannon

Fans of Respawn Entertainment, developers of both Titanfall and Titanfall 2, will either be excited or heartbroken at the news of their next game, Apex Legends -- sorry to fans hoping for Titanfall 3. This is another free-to-play battle royale game but set in the Titanfall universe. However, there are some beloved staples of that world missing from this new game.

Apex Legends takes place on a well-made map.Apex Legends takes place on a well-made map.Courtesy of EA

Titanfall Without Titans?

Respawn Entertainment was quick to distinguish this game from their previous creations, there's a reason that the title isn't Titanfall. While Titanfall games are traditionally known for their wall-running pilots and giant robot fights, those are the two things completely absent from Apex Legends. This new battle royale was rumored over last weekend but nothing was really known about this game at all until EA and Respawn revealed the game at the same time as it went live on PlayStation, Xbox, and Origin for PC. 

Apex Legends Gameplay Deep Dive Trailer

The best part of the whole thing is that the game is free-to-play unless you decide to throw down some money on those controversial microtransactions which will change your character's appearance for real money. Though you can earn in-game currency to upgrade your appearance, it'll take a long time to actually snag the needed funds. Be cautious and smart when playing games with microtransactions. 

Respawn's Roadmap of what's to come.Respawn's Roadmap of what's to come.Courtesy of EA

Playing Apex Legends

Apex Legends, at surface level, seems like pretty much every other Battle Royale out on the market. You'll land on a massive map that's slowly shrinking while you find whatever weapons and items you can to make sure you're the last player standing. A few Titanfall-esque ideas came through, like the use of zip lines and an awesome slide, but the game's focus on Overwatch-style characters you'll play as makes it feel unique. Learning each of the available character's special moves will take some time, some can make giant shields appear, others can heal or make portals appear! 

The game's characters each play uniquely.The game's characters each play uniquely.

There is also a handful of small, meaningful tweaks to make communication easier that can really go a long way. Additions like jumping down to the map as one unified group or pressing R1/Rb to ping items, weapons, and enemies feel well thought on and are clear improvements on ideas made popular by Fortnite. Speaking of Fortnite, Apex Legends is also going to release a Battle Pass next month. The Battle Pass really popularized with Fortnite and it is a season pass that'll get you access to exclusive content during that season. There isn't a ton of news available on the details but I'll imagine we'd hear something soon.

Respawning allies feels fresh to the battle royale genre.Respawning allies feels fresh to the battle royale genre.Courtesy of EA

If you're curious about what Apex Legends has to offer then I'd suggest trying the game out for yourself, especially considering it's free on PlayStation, Xbox, and Origin for PC. Also, this game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB for Blood and Violence, if you're looking for more information then check out the site.

Share Your Thoughts!

Have you played Apex Legends? Are you impressed with what you've seen, are you still a Fortnite fan, or are you done with Battle Royale games all together? Share your thoughts below!