Leakage and rumors were true – Apex Legends, a new challenger in Hunger Games, the royal genre, is genuine, and this is where. Respawn Entertainment's shooter is part of the developer's Titanfall universe, and despite being announced only, it is already available for download on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – for free. You can see it in action in the video above, and read our impression of the game from an early example.
The respawn teased the free-to-play game, which makes its money selling cosmetic items in the game on social media over the weekend after leaks that wasted some details on the internet. The developer released a live stream to deliver the official announcement and a first look at the game. Apex Legends follows match royal games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds while making a few important changes to the formula.
First, it is a completely team-based game in which 20 teams of three players face a big card. Like other games in the genre, you and your team enter into Apex Legends without weapons or objects, and must scavenge everything you need to be the last team to stand.
The big difference between Apex Legends and other games is the inclusion of characters you choose from at the beginning of a game. Each character has a different role in your team and different special abilities, including ultimate abilities that are charged over time. You still find all your weapons, armor and stuff on the island, but you have specific abilities that you can combine with your teammates that affect your strategy. There are eight characters, or Legends, in the game at launch, and Respawn will add more over time.
Respawn also has an innovative addition to combat royale in its ping system. With a dedicated button, you can "ping" places, objects, and other players, mark them on your teammates' screens and draw their attention to them. Ping a piece of loot and your character will call it out and mark it for someone else if they need it while pinging enemies allows you to call their location for your group. The system is quite robust, making it possible to communicate well with your team without ever talking to them – which is convenient for matchmaking games where not everyone may have a headset.
Apex Legends Free-to-Play status means it also includes micro-transactions and game purchases for cosmetic items. You can buy premium currency to buy items and pilot boxes, called Apex Packs, and you will also earn money and packages in the game while you play. Six of the game's characters are yours when you fire up Apex Legends, with two more merchants with either in-game currency or premium currency.
You can download Apex Legends from Origin Store on PC and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 right now. If you are an EA / Origin Access or PS Plus subscriber, you are eligible for some in-game freebies. We also break Legends, the specialized characters in the game, all the info you can buy in the game you could want, and a list of things that Apex Legends does right.