After a weekend of hushed rumors indicating Titanfall developer Respawn was up to something big, this week the company confirmed everyone’s suspicions with the announcement of Apex Legends, a battle royale game set within the Titanfall universe.
A free to play title, the world of Apex Legends is described by the game’s website as follows:
The Frontier War is over. After hundreds of years of conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation and the Militia founded to fight them, the far-off region of space known as the Frontier can finally know peace.
But liberation can come at a cost: when the IMC and the Militia departed, they took everything of value and left the Frontier worlds in disarray. With no way to support themselves, the people of the Frontier had no choice but to leave their homes. The brave relocated to the Outlands.
A remote cluster of planets on the fringes of the Frontier, the Outlands are untouched by war and teeming with resources and opportunity. But life is cheap here, and danger lurks around every corner. Its pioneers, explorers, and outlaws used to spend their lives locked in an endless power struggle – now, they settle their differences in the Apex Games, a bloodsport where Legends from all corners of the Frontier compete for money, fame, and glory.
Currently the game has eight characters, but promises to continue adding to that roster for players as the game grows. The game will have seasons to keep things fresh, gradually adding new “Legends” as well as weapons and loot.
Perhaps the biggest story beyond Apex Legends’ sudden existence (and surprising popularity) is what it means for the Titanfall universe the game is set in. Though it was speculated this title would be some sort of stop gap between now and Titanfall 3, Eurogamer confirmed there is no Titanfall 3 coming. Presumably, Titanfall 2’s performance after being sandwiched between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare led the company to try something new for their third outing, ahead of the presumed release of Jedi: Fallen Order, the Star Wars game that was “kind of” announced last year at Electronic Arts’ E3 press conference.
Apex Legends is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.