EA both announced and released a new battle royal shooter this afternoon. The new game, which is called “Apex Legends,” is a free-to-play battle royale shooter available right now on Origin for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The game is set within the “Titanfall” universe and offers a cast of unique characters, squad-based gameplay, innovative mechanics and more. According to the publisher, players will select from one of eight Legends, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles, and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn, but challenging to master.
“Our goal in every game you play is that you come in with a plan, but you leave with a story,” said Drew McCoy, Lead Producer for Apex Legends. “We’re building a game that is not only going to deliver a fun and memorable experience at launch but something we can keep growing for a long time to come.”
Apex Legends showcases several new genre-leading innovations, starting before players even start the match. Once players are ready to begin, they’ll choose their drop point with the Jumpmaster system, giving each squad full control over exactly where they drop in.
In the announcement, the publisher asked “Is it smarter to head straight for the most valuable loot and risk early conflict with other teams, or make for one of the outlying areas to plot an attack and let other squads pick each other off?”
In “Apex Legends” players will also find Respawn Beacons, these are one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived. Players will also find a contextual Ping communication system that allows players to call out enemies, weapons, locations and more with the push of a button, and an intelligent inventory system which automatically attaches gear and equipment to the appropriate weapons once players pick them up.
The first season of “Apex Legends” is scheduled to begin in March and will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive cosmetic items earned through gameplay.
Apex Legends will follow a seasonal model with each themed season bringing new content to the game in the form of new weapons, new Legends, new skins and more.