Apex Legends: Free-to-play battle royal title based on Titanfall hits today
- EA dives head first into the Fortnite/PUBG business.
What was previously the worst kept secret in the gaming business (h/t to Polygon)- a battle royal shooter based on the Titanfall games, is no longer a secret. Apex Legends, said free-to-play game, launched today on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The game, which is more of a spin-off of Titanfall 2 rather than a sequel, is a squad-based battle royal game that pits teams of three against each other. There are a handful of different character classes - called Legends in the game - and, like in Overwatch, they're customizable. In fact, it plays a lot like PUBG meets Overwatch. But, I'll have an actual review later. There are no actual Titans - the robot mechs used in the two Titanfall games, in which the series gets its name.
Over a week ago, EA gave members of their EA Access service the VIP treatment by letting them jump into the VIP Demo of Anthem, previously reserved for those who preordered the game. This week, they're offering those same members some incentive to download their new shooter with a bunch of free add-ons and 1000 coins of in-game currency to unlock a new character glass or whatever you want to spend it on. It's your fake money, do what you want with it.
There's also a free bonus pack for PS4 players with PlayStation Plus, but it's not really anywhere nearly as generous.
EA was pretty quick in launching the shooter - coming out the same day as the announcement. As Polygon pointed out, considering it's a new spin on the battle royal genre, there's a good chance they wanted to get the jump on it as soon as possible. It also says a lot about the faith they have in Respawn as well as the free-to-play business model that's the backbone of this game.
Have you had a chance to play? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We'll have more on the actual gameplay soon.