Respawn unveils free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends


Following rumours regarding its existence, Respawn has confirmed that it is launching a free-to-play battle royale game called Apex Legends.

News of the existence of the hitherto unannounced game was broken by esports consultant Rod Breslau, who tweeted: “Apex Legends will feature classes/heroes with unique abilities, maximum of 60 players per server, maximum of 3 players per team (trios) to compliment each other. No titans. Just as Titanfall and Titanfall 2, Apex Legends will run on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine.” And: “Sources who have played and have knowledge of the game confirm to me that Respawn is set to announce and release Apex Legends on Monday Feb 4, a free to play Titanfall Hero Battle Royale game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.”

Respawn CEO Vince Zampella confirmed Apex Legends’ existence on Twitter: “Looks like everything is unlocked now? Fun. So, if you like Respawn, our games or even me, you should tune in tomorrow. Our stream starts at 8am pt and we’ll tell you everything about Apex Legends. Everything.”

That Twitch stream, which you will be able to access here, will run at 4pm GMT on Monday 4 February. According to Kotaku, Apex Legends will play like: “Titanfall mixed with Overwatch and Blackout from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.”

Zampella confirmed via Twitter that the Twitch teaser stream will be followed by a full reveal of Apex Legends at 8pm GMT, February 4: “I want to clarify, 8am pst starts the @PlayApex teaser stream. It’s super cool, but it leads up to the full reveal of everything at noon. So you probably don’t have to call in sick, just fake food poisoning at lunch and go home early.”

If you miss that, it might be a good idea to head for Respawn Entertainment’s website.