Apex Legends: Everything You Need to Know
Released on February 4, 2019, just a day after Super Bowl Sunday, Apex Legends took the world by storm.
A spin-off of the highly underrated but critically-acclaimed Titanfall franchise, Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale title that’s available to play on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, albeit with no support for cross-platform play as of the moment.
How to Play Apex Legends?
Whereas Fortnite and PUBG, its main competitors, uses traditional shooter mechanics and gameplay, Apex Legends differs in many ways. This includes automatically pairing players into teams of threes and only having 60 total players per map. In addition to this, players can choose from multiple Legends, each of which possessing their own distinct set of abilities.
In a way, Apex Legends is like a cross between its parent title, Titanfall, and Overwatch.
Also, instead of having straight-forward weapons, in Apex Legends, each weapon can be fitted with all sorts of attachments. These attachments can affect handling, accuracy, reload capacity and speed, among others.
Respawn Entertainment has also made microphones unnecessary during casual play of Apex Legends (and in some cases, even Ranked Play). Because of a properly designed “Ping” system, players can tag locations, enemies, weapons, and armor on the map. This means that players can communicate instantly without the need for microphones.
Apex Legends is also unique in that there are two chances for players to respawn in the game.
The first is similar to other Battle Royale titles, where your teammates can revive you after being knocked down. However, even after you have already died after being knocked down, your teammates can still revive you by delivering your “Respawn Beacon” to a “Respawn Station” that’s scattered all around the map.
The main difference between a “Revive” and a “Respawn” in Apex Legends is that you won’t retain any and all of your former inventory if your teammates bright you back to life.
What are the Different Legends in Apex Legends?
What makes Apex Legends stand out is its fast-paced, wall-running action and how players can choose from multiple characters (Legends), each of which has been fitted with their own set of unique abilities.
It’s important to keep in mind that only one of each Legend can be picked for each team.
Still, despite that “limitation”, the synergy between the different Legends of Apex Legends cannot be denied.
Here is a list of all the Legends currently available in the game:
Only Bangalore, Bloodhound, Gibraltar, Lifeline, Pathfinder, and Wraith are available for free. The rest, you will have to purchase using either Legend Tokens (can be earned through gameplay) or Apex Coins (microtransactions).
Is There Ranked Play for Apex Legends?
Initially, Apex Legends did not have ranked play. This meant that players would be mismatched with better or worse players. However, in Season 2, “Ranked Leagues” were introduced as a game mode for players who wanted a more competitive experience different from the more casual “Play Apex” game mode.
In Ranked Leagues, players are assigned a rank and are matched with players from an adjacent or the same tier.
The first series of Ranked League, known as “Ranked Series”, lasted from July 2, 2019, until October 1, 2019. Series 2 is currently ongoing.
How Does Apex Legends Make Money?
Apex Legends follows the same monetization model as Fortnite, with the sole exception that it has “paid” characters.
Similar to Fortnite, Apex Legends has microtransactions consisting exclusively of cosmetic items. This includes anything from displayable banners, weapon skins, character skins, as well as “Crafting Materials” that players can use to unlock different weapons and different character skins.
Does Apex Legends Have a Competitive Scene?
Yes, and no.
Unlike PUBG, which has a structured league (PUBG Global Esports), and Fortnite, which recently hosted the Fortnite World Cup, Apex Legends’ competitive scene currently consists of tournaments hosted by third-party organizations.
There are, however, signs that Electronic Arts are gearing up to host a big tournament if not a structured league for Apex Legends in the future.
The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, which ran from September 13-15, 2019, gathered the best competitive talent in Apex Legends under one roof. A total of 80 teams (240 players) participated in the event, with a prize pool of $500,000 on the line.
Given the success of the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, it’s only a matter of time before we see a structured competitive setting for Apex Legends.