All signs point to EA announcing a brand new free to play Titanfall battle royale spinoff from Respawn today (Monday, February 4). The announcement will be immediately followed by release, according to reports.
Breslau said that the game will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and will boast multiple classes/heroes with unique abilities, up to 60 players per server, and three player teams (known as trios) to work together in battle.
Being a spinoff, the game apparently won’t feature any of the Titan mechs that we know and love from the “proper” Titanfall games, but it will run on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine (which was the case for the last two Titanfalls)
On the thorny topic of microtransactions and loot boxes, it sounds as if the game will adopt an approach similar to Overwatch. Though being a free to play game, Apex Legends is less likely to ruffle feathers with loot boxes than a full priced game such as Battlefront II.
Kotaku verified these reports via its own sources. They’ve heard that it plays like a mixture of Titanfall, Overwatch, and the Blackout battle royale mode from the latest Call of Duty.
The Kotaku report goes on to suggest that Repsawn had actually been working on Titanfall 3 (as had previously been claimed via various sources), but the game was starting to look “dated” as a result of running on the modified source engine as the previous two games.
As a result, the choice to switch engines for Titanfall 3 was apparently made, resulting in the creation of Apex Legends as a stopgap to keep us going now the next core Titanfall has been delayed.
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. https://t.co/P0Svi1h5VS
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 4, 2019
On Sunday night, Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella took to Twitter to confirm the existence of Apex Legends (though not any of the previously rumoured details. He said we’d learn “everything” about the new game during a Twitch livestream at 4pm GMT today.