Video Game News: Titanfall Series is Getting a New Free-to-Play Battle Royale
Respawn will be releasing a free-to-play Battle Royale game titled Apex Legends. According to a tweet from game analyst and esports consultant Rod Breslau, Apex Legends will be available from Monday, 4 February 2019 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. There has not been any official announcement from EA or Respawn.
Interestingly enough, Apex Legends will not be bringing back the Titans to the game. Titans were the huge mech suits that basically defined the combat and gameplay of series Titanfall and Titanfall 2. Players across communities were not too happy about this.
There will be a maximum of 60 players per match. Players can also play in squads, with a maximum of 3 people per squad. The game will be a Battle Royale + MOBA mix, where different characters will have their own unique abilities. Like an Overwatch Battle Royale.
Players have been waiting for the sequel that is Titanfall 3. Reportedly, Titanfall 2, as well as Apex Legends, used the same game engine to run the game, which was Valve's Source Engine. EA was planning to make a Titanfall 3 game but they also realized that using the same game engine might make the game feel dated and not like a new title.
Is it too late for Respawn to enter the Battle Royale market? Battle Royales have become a very oversaturated genre, with popular titles such as PUBG and Fortnite on top. Other BR titles include Blackout from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, CS:GO Danger Zone and many other smaller studios competing as well.
But Rod has confirmed that there were several streamers and esports players who play a variety of Battle Royale games were invited to playtest this game mode. The reception was positive and most were looking forward to it, but we can't quite tell how sustainable it will be. It is hard to topple Fortnite and PUBG right now.