The long-awaited Titanfall spin-off finally arrived and made a major impact in the gaming landscape, amassing over a million unique players on day one. This Titanfall Battle Royale spin-off became instantly downloadable on PC, Xbox One and PS4 as a free-to-play game. That factor was maybe crucial in such an impressive number the game made in such a short time, another factor for Apex Legends success is that the game itself is pretty good.
As we already mentioned, and as Respawn likes to point out, this is not a direct sequel to Titanfall 2 but rather a Battle Royale game in the Titanfall universe. Apex Legends takes place some 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2, in an area called the Outlands. The main characters are the colorful bunch of people who are competing in science fiction equivalent of free-for-all shootout. In order to become a champion, you have to lead your team of 3 against 19 other teams, totaling 60 players in an area.
Simply said, the gameplay is the combination of usual Battle Royale formula and a hero based shooter. At this moment there are eight Legends (apparently a term for the hero) in the game, each with individual abilities. Respawn kept convincing us that despite that, the gameplay is fair and balanced. There is some nifty addition to the usual Battle Royale formula, but more on that later.
Apex Legends is available for three main platforms, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Unfortunately, the mobile and Nintendo Switch versions are not in the plan, despite the fact that Respawn would like to bring their game to both platforms. Speaking about platforms, at the launch, the players couldn’t engage in cross-platform play. Respawn said that there are plans to allow to play between the platforms. However, cross progress and cross purchases will never be possible in Apex Legends, due to the system settings early on in the development process. That means that crossplay was never meant to be fully integrated into the game.
Respawn decided to ditch the marketing strategy which relies on hand on articles, trailers, and teasers and they simply Let the game speak for itself. Considering the situation with Star Wars Battlefront 2, it’s not difficult to understand why did Respawn choose that kind of marketing strategy. It is also confirmed that Titanfall 3 is not in the development and that Apex Legends is the current Titanfall-based game. The work on Apex Legends began after Titanfall 2 when developers wanted to develop a battle royale mode for Titanfall 3. Soon the project grew over the mere mode and started to become a game on its own. As the focus is shifted on Apex Legends, it certainly will take some time until we see a true Titanfall sequel – if there is one, that is.
The focus on a standalone game means that many gameplay features from Titanfall games were ditched, like Titans themselves or the movement mechanics, like wall-run or double jump. The reason for excluding those elements he is the intention of developers to make a strategic, learnable and deep gaming experience out of Apex Legends.
This game might not be the most original game of all time, but its gameplay makes up to it. It will take some time for players to get the hang of all the gameplay features, but the intelligent design and unique approach to the gameplay will make the learning curve a bit less steep. The veterans of Titanfall games will have a hard time getting used to the lack of Titans, wall run and double jump, but both the design and gameplay would be enough to compensate for that loss. All in all, we predict a bright future for this game, and the first numbers are indicators of the upcoming success.