Respawn has officially unveiled the not-so-secret Apex Legends today in a livestream "reveal" after a weekend of leaks and rumors. As previously reported, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale shooter available right now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Though set in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends jettisons a few features from the mainline series. There are no mechs in Apex Legends, but instead each character has a unique class skill. There are eight "Legends" in total so far and includes characters like Bloodhound, a tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map; and Lifeline, a medic who can shield teammates and revive them.
Although battle royale games are typically last player standing affairs, Apex Legends focuses on squad-based combat. A well-balanced squad is paramount in Apex Legends, according to the developers. Previews describe Apex Legends as a cross between Rainbow Six Siege's class-based approach, and Black Ops 4's Blackout battle royale.
Other new mechanics in Apex Legends include Respawn Becons which are a one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived, and an intelligent weapon system that automatically attaches gear to the appropriate weapon. A Jumpmaster system also gives players greater control over where they want to land on the map.
Otherwise, there will be elements familiar to any battle royale player. Items and weapons are randomized on the map, and the battle area will shrink as time passes. And the last squad standing will be declared the winner.
Apex Legends will rollout in seasons, with season one scheduled for March. A Battle Pass will be available for purchase and will give players access to exclusive cosmetic items that can be earned through in-game accomplishments. Respawn's livestream reveal already teased two more characters for the future.
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