EA’s Respawn Entertainment has come up with a free to play Titanfall based battle royale game which has already developed a sizable fan base.
Apex Legends, the free to play battle royale shooter set in the Titanfall universe was released on the Origin Store on February 4. The game has already garnered a lot of attention with the player count climbing to around 1 million within less than eight hours of launch.
Vince Zampella the co-founder and CEO of Respawn Entertainment shared the milestone and thanked the players for their overwhelming support through the following tweet:
The astounding popularity of the game was also confirmed by the streaming statistics website TwitchTracker who reported Apex Legends is already the most popular game on Twitch with more than double the average viewership of Fortnite or League of Legends.
Apex Legends is set after the events of Titanfall 2 in a different part of the universe called “Outlands”. The games use a class-based structure unlike most of its competitors. Each class has some distinct character abilities like the Caustic class makes use of toxic chemical weapons to kill enemies. Another class called Pathfinders makes use of grappling tools and zip lines while Gibraltar provides a defense to the entire team using passive abilities like a riot shield that can deflect enemy fire. Furthermore, there are five more character classes namely Bloodhound, Lifeline, Wraith, Bangalore, and Mirage with their own unique character abilities.
While the game borrow most of its elements from the previous Titanfall games, some features from the first two games have been removed. The titular Titans and the wall-running mechanics have been removed. However, Vince Zampella has said that the team would “try new stuff as [they] go”, though it doesn’t ensure the missing features from the previous titles, it does give us some hopes for future in-game updates.
That being said, the Apex Legends is now freely available (download link) on PC, Xbox One and PS4 with no cross-platform support as of now, however, its expected to come in future updates.
Source: Digital Trends