We’ve known for a while that Respawn was working on another Titanfall game. We were hoping it was a follow-up to Titanfall 2, however, it looks like it’ll actually be Apex Legends. The game is billed as a free-to-play battle royal shooter that’s based on Titanfall but won’t feature any actual Titans, if that makes sense. Outside of a broken embargo by YouTuber TheQuartering and tons of rumors we weren’t even sure if Apex Legends was real. Now, during Superbowl LIII, Respawn CEO, Vince Zampella, posted the following tweet:
Not long after that, he posted another tweet that shows off a very vague, peripheral view of his monitor as he plays none other than Apex Legends:
Of course, we knew this was coming. EA flew a whole bunch of streamers and YouTubers, and paid them, to participate in a secret event in Los Angeles last week where they all got to play the game. Tonight, almost at the same time as Zampella’s tweet, all of them started posting on social media boasting about how they’ll be able to brag all about it tomorrow. The posts were all sponsored and were even tagged with #ad, so you know it’s all marketing.
Apex Legends Gameplay and Details
As of now, gameplay details have yet to be officially released. Reports thus far, according to Screenrant.com, say that it’s a 60-player battle royal with players engaging one another in three-person teams. There are multiple classes to choose from and, apparently, it will be playable on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
As of the official purpose of Apex Legends, it’s hard to say at this point. Word has it that this project was born while developers were working on Titanfall 3 but needed to finish another game we know Respawn is working on – Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. With that game set to debut in 2019, developers may have put together Apex Legends as a hold-over of sorts to keep everyone happy during the wait for Titanfall 3.
It’s still not confirmed that it’s actually related to Titanfall – at least not officially. But, considering you can choose the “Apex Predators” faction in Titanfall 2, it only makes sense. I guess we’ll just have to see.
Apex Legends Debut Time
Vince Zampella says that Apex Legends will be announced during a live twitch stream at 8 AM PST on February 4, 2019. It’s expected that the full, free-to-play game will be released shortly thereafter considering it’s most certainly playable now.
Apex Legends Live Debut Stream
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Apex Legends History and Titanfall History
We all know that Titanfall has a very turbulent past. After all, the first Titanfall was a near-dud. It was an Xbox One exclusive that was spawned (pun intended) after Call of Duty developers split off from Activision and created Respawn Studios. As a shooter, it was multiplayer-only and, at the time, the Xbox One wasn’t exactly doing so hot itself. The game was pretty sweet for what it was, with players competing inside their mechanical titans and on the ground but it lacked content, to say the least.
Fast forward a few years and Titanfall 2 came to life and became, quite literally, one of the best first-person shooters of the decade. After its release in fall of 2016, it was well-loved not only for its addictive multiplayer gameplay but its downright amazing solo campaign as well. If you never got a chance to play it, it’s not surprising as it was released between Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 – two games that were impossible to beat and lead to Titanfall 2 becoming the quintessential third wheel.
Oddly enough, Apex Legends is coming at a pretty controversial time too. You’ve got Metro Exodus being released on February 15, 2019, and Anthem is set to make it’s debut in just a couple of weeks as well. Things could be very interesting for all of us hardcore gamers but, at the same time, Apex Legends might not get the attention it deserves.