After a whole lot of rumours over the weekend Respawn Entertainment has confirmed what most people already seemed to know.
Later today (Monday, 4th February) the developer will announce a new free-to-play battle royale game which seems to be set within the Titanfall universe.
Prepare for Titanfall; the spin-off!
For those of you in the UK, that’s a 4pm GMT start time.
The tweet reads:
“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.”
Despite the lack of information about the game, there are a few details which have leaked over the course of the weekend.
It seems as though a number of live streamers, YouTubers and a few journalists traveled to Los Angeles last week to play the new title and some of the key details have leaked ahead of time.
“It’s called Apex Legends and will be out on Monday for PC, Xbox, and PS4. It’s a free-to-play battle royale that, interestingly, won’t let you use the Titan mech suits that make Titanfall so iconic.
“You’ll have supernatural MOBA-like hero abilities and play either solo or in a team of three as you battle other players for delicious chicken dinners.”
Other gameplay details revealed by Schreier also hinted at where EA are pitching the game, which is somewhere between Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege.
Though not directly connected to Apex Legends Schreiers report also contained some further information about Titanfall 3.
And from the sounds of it, Apex Legends might be something of a “stopgap” or using remnants of a Titanfall 3 game that was both not good enough and ultimately pushed back, potentially into the next-generation of consoles.
“As I was reporting on EA’s purchase ofTitanfall developer Respawn in the fall of 2017—a move that was forced by a Nexon bid for the studio and may have been directly connected to the closure of Visceral—I heard from a Respawn source that Titanfall 3 was well into development and that the studio had been looking to release it by the end of 2018,” Schreier claimed.
“The rationale, that source said, was that the game’s underlying technology was starting to feel dated and that Titanfall 3 might not feel or look as good if it came out too much later. (Like the previous two Titanfall games, Titanfall 3 used a modified version of Valve’s Source engine.)
“Perhaps the studio decided to switch engines for Titanfall 3, releasing Apex Legends (which is also reportedly on Source) as a stopgap as it pushed back the release of a proper third Titanfall game.
“Or perhaps the work Respawn had done for Titanfall 3 wound up evolving into this spinoff game. No matter what, the third Titanfall appears to be way down the road.”
Stay tuned for more information about Apex Legends later today.