It is no secret that the video game industry is going through a phase marked by the battle royale genre. More and more developers are entering into this field, trying to reclaim the throne occupied by Fortnite. The latest proposal comes from Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall saga. The developer has just published Apex Legends, a battle royale free-to-play title that has managed to convince their departure.
Huge success for EA
Apex Legends is available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Origin- platform. Electronic Arts, which bought Respawn in 2017, launched the game without a major marketing campaign, surprising players with an ad via streaming. The only news of Apex was its name, map, and style of play, a few hours before launch.
I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 5, 2019
The title has reaped very good numbers on its launch, reaching a million players in less than eight hours. This data is due to the great reception for being a fresh and polished title, as well as the powerful campaign with streamers on Twitch. Without changing the rules of the genre too much, Apex Legends manages to surprise in some aspects.
What does the game offer?
The map of the game is very detailed and with very different sections. There are no zones with an open boundary, which facilitates the frenetic Apex style. In this case, there are 60 players who participate in the same game, instead of the classic 100. For their part, the squads always consist of up to three players, each with a different character.
It is similar to Hi-Rez Studios’ title Realm Royale in which you can choose one character out of five with different abilities and skills. Additionally, you could also acquire new skillset accordingly in the game depending upon your need.
Characters make up the game
It is in the characters, precisely, that the full potential of Apex Legends lies. Each one of the “legends” that we can choose brings has two exclusive abilities that change the battles completely. From creating portals to moving quickly to deploying energy shields, skills are the icing on the cake in this promising title. Maybe this is the detail that makes you conquer over other titles of the competition.
Another feature that users describe as a success is the resuscitation and deployment system. When an ally falls down, you can revive him, as always. In addition, if it ends up eliminated, you can collect their identification badge and take it to the terminals that allow your ally to return to the battlefield.
Can Apex flourish?
The problem Apex Legends faces is that the battle royale market suffers extreme competition. Fortnite ranks number one and seems unfit for the moment. Even so, Respawn points to titles such as PUBG or Blackout as direct competitors, having a more similar target audience.
Apex Legends has the fluidity and perfection of an FPS game, which could make PUBG suffer as Blackout did at the time. Precisely the battle royale of Call of Duty is the most similar to the title list, but Apex improves some of the points in which more wavers Blackout, maintaining its very essence.