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Respawn’s Apex Legends, a battle royale Titanfall spinoff, available now

Apex Legends is free to download for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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A Legend jumps from a dropship in a screenshot from Apex Legends Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment released a new free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends, today for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. You can download it now from the PlayStation Store, Origin, and Xbox Games Store.

Apex Legends is set in Respawn’s Titanfall universe, but it doesn’t feature playable Titans, the sci-fi shooter franchise’s signature mechs. Instead, Apex Legends stars human and robotic heroes known as Legends, each with their own special powers and weapons. Like other battle royale games, players airdrop onto a map in a battle for survival in an ever-shrinking area, scouring for loot and weapons. Rounds will feature up to 60 players on teams of three.

EA and Respawn say that the roster of Legends will continue to grow over time. Apex Legends will feature a seasonal competitive structure during which players can “unlock new Legends, fresh weapons, themed loot, and more.”

News of Apex Legends leaked over the weekend. The free-to-play game was outed as a Titanfall spinoff with a loot box and cosmetics-based model similar to Overwatch.

For more on Apex Legends, check out Polygon’s hands-on impressions and gameplay video.

Respawn kicked off the Titanfall franchise with the original game for Windows PC and Xbox One in 2014. The studio followed up with an excellent sequel, Titanfall 2, in 2016. Respawn is also working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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