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Apex Legends is a free-to-play first-person shooter battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 4, 2019, without any prior announcement or marketing. A Nintendo Switch version is planned for release in late 2020, along with cross-platform play between all supported platforms.[1]

In Apex Legends, up to 20 three-person squads land on an island and search for weapons and supplies before attempting to defeat all other players in combat. The available play area on the island shrinks over time, forcing players to keep moving or else find themselves outside the play area which can be fatal. The final team alive wins the round. The game is set in the same science fiction universe as Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and Titanfall 2.[2]

Work on the game began sometime around late 2016 and early 2017, though the project remained a secret right up until its launch. The game’s release in 2019 came as a surprise, as until that point it had been assumed that Respawn Entertainment was working on a third installment to the Titanfall franchise, the studio’s previous major title.

Apex Legends received positive reviews from critics, who praised its gameplay, progression system, and fusion of elements from various genres. Some considered it a worthy competitor to Fortnite Battle Royale, a similar game that had gained massive popularity in the previous year. Apex Legends surpassed over 25 million players by the end of its first week, and 50 million within its first month. According to EA, as of July 2019, the game had approximately 8 to 10 million players a week and by October 2019 it had approximately 70 million players worldwide.

Gameplay

Apex Legends is an online multiplayer battle royale game featuring squads of three players using pre-made characters (called “Legends”), similar to those of hero shooters.[3] Alternate modes have been introduced allowing for single and for two-player squads since the game’s release.[4][5]

Each match generally features twenty teams of three-player squads. Players can join friends in a squad or can be matched randomly with other players. Before the match, each player on the squad selects one of the 13 playable characters (as of Season 5), with the exception that no character may be selected more than once by a squad. Each character in the squad has a unique design, personality, and abilities that provide different playstyles to the team. All teams are then placed on an aircraft that passes over the game map. One player in each squad is the jumpmaster, selecting when the squad should skydive out of the aircraft and where to land with the concurrence of the other squad members. However, players are free to deviate from the squad’s path.

Once on the ground, the squad can scavenge for weapons, armor, and other equipment that is scattered around buildings, or in crates randomly distributed around the map, while keeping an eye out for other squads. Apex Legends includes a nonverbal communication “ping system” which allows players to use their game controller to communicate to their squad certain directions, weapon locations, enemies, and suggested strategies.[6] While the game offers movement options similar to other shooters, it includes some of the gameplay features of previous Titanfall games, such as the ability to climb over short walls, slide down inclined surfaces, and use zip-lines to traverse an area quickly.[7]

Players who become knocked down in the course of a game can be revived by their squadmates. Should a player be killed completely, they can still be resurrected if their team member(s) collect their respawn banner, which appears at the place where they died, and bring it to one of several beacons on the island. The banner, however, must be collected within a time limit, before expiring and fully eliminating the player.[3]

Over time, the game’s safe zone will reduce in size around a randomly-selected point on the map; players outside the safe zone take damage and may die if they do not reach the safe zone in time. This also confines squads to smaller spaces to force encounters. The last squad with any members left alive is crowned the “Apex Champions” of that match. Players are awarded in-game currency based on their squad’s placement as well as experience points.

Apex Legends is a free-to-play game, monetized through microtransactions and loot boxes, which allow the player to spend both real money and in-game currency on cosmetic items, such as outfits for the Legends and new colors for weapons.[2][8]

Seasons

The developers of Apex Legends have outlined their roadmap for the game’s first year of additional content, with a new game season planned for every three months. Each new season is intended to bring with it the release of a new playable character, new weapons and purchasable cosmetic items.[9]

The game’s first season started on March 19, 2019. Associated with seasons are time-limited battle passes which reward players with new cosmetic items, should they complete in-game challenges during the season.[10][11][12] Alongside new cosmetic items, seasons can also bring changes to the map and additional gameplay elements.[13]

Season Title Period Description
1 Wild Frontier March 19, 2019 – June 18, 2019 The first season of Apex Legends introduced a new playable character known as Octane and included several bug fixes and quality of life improvements, including adjustments to so-called “hitboxes” (a predefined ‘damageable’ zone which is unique to each legend, based on their size and shape) and also unique skills of the game’s characters. Season 1 also brought with it the game’s first battle pass and a large number of new cosmetic items.[14]
2 Battle Charge July 2, 2019 – October 1, 2019[15] With season 2, the developers introduced another playable character called Wattson and also re-designed the layout of the game’s island. Following an explosion (shown in the season’s trailer), roaming alien wildlife, known as leviathans and flyers, have been attracted to the island and destroyed large areas, rendering parts of the map unrecognizable from the previous season.[13] Season 2 also released a new weapon and introduced a new ranked mode of play, allowing players of a similar skill to play against each other, and adjusting a player’s ranking based on their game performance.[16]
3 Meltdown October 1, 2019 – February 3, 2020[17] A new legend named Crypto is introduced who has tried to rig the Apex games. A new weapon known as the Charge Rifle is added and changes to Ranked will be made. The season also comes with a brand new battle pass. A brand new map, named “World’s Edge” is also introduced, which has players fighting through volcanic and frozen landscapes. The map also includes a train that travels throughout World’s Edge. The season also changes up the meta by removing certain attachments and introducing new ones whilst changing what current items can do.
4 Assimilation February 4, 2020 – May 12, 2020[18] A new legend named Revenant is introduced, a Simulacrum with the memories of his human self. A new sniper weapon known as the Sentinel is added. World’s Edge is devastated by a Harvester that has appeared in the middle of the map, creating lava faults and changing the environment. Major changes to ranked were made, introducing a new tier known as “Master” tier, while the Apex Predator tier is for the top 500 players on each platform, meaning players can be pushed out of it.[19]
5 Fortune’s Favor May 12, 2020 – August 17, 2020[20] A new legend named Loba is introduced, a thief with the ability to steal loot from nearby areas and teleport. Loba is out for revenge against Revenant, a simulacrum hitman who killed her parents. Ranked Series 4 is largely identical to Series 3 and reconnect is added which allows players to rejoin a session if they disconnect. A new “quest” system is also introduced, which allows players to fight in PvE missions either solo or with a squad to earn unique rewards. A new battle pass is also introduced.[21] Apex announced they would be expanding their servers to the Middle East.[22] Skull Town and Thunderdome have also been destroyed.
6 Boosted Began August 18, 2020 The newest legend named Rampart is introduced, a gun modder who can emplace her minigun “Sheila”, and provide amped cover for her team. World’s Edge is updated with new points of interest built by Hammond Industries: Launch Site, Countdown, and Staging.[23] A new battle pass is added, which includes a new cosmetic reward of “Holo-Sprays”, a new crafting mechanic allows players to upgrade their gear with materials found around the map, and the fan-favorite weapon from Titanfall 2, the Volt SMG, also makes its debut.[24]

Events

In addition to the season contents, Apex Legends features limited time events. These events offer unique, limited-time cosmetics themed to the event (for example, in the case of the Holo-Day Bash, Christmas-themed outfits) that can be earned in-game.[25]. Events also provide unique limited-time game modes (such as shotguns and snipers only). Some events also introduced changes to the current season map with a new point of interest (known as “Town Takeover”), which is themed around one of the legends.

Title Season Period Description
Legendary Hunt 1 June 4, 2019 – June 18, 2019 First limited-time event. Introduced event collectible items, and the first limited-time game mode: Elite Queue. To enter this game mode, one must have made it to the top 3 in a regular match.
Iron Crown 2 August 13, 2019 – August 27, 2019. The event introduced the first Town Takeover in the form of Octane’s Gauntlet. The new area replaced West Settlements and is themed around the legend Octane.
Voidwalker 2 September 3, 2019 – September 17, 2019 The event is themed after the legend Wraith. A new point of interest known as Singh Labs was added to Kings Canyon. A limited-time game mode was available: “Armed And Dangerous” (limited armor with Shotguns and Snipers only).
Fight or Fright 3 October 15, 2019 – November 05, 2019 [26]
Holo-Day Bash Winter 3 December 12, 2019 – January 07, 2020 The “Winter Express” mode is a domination-style game, with squads dropping in with full gear, attempting to capture the Winter Express.[27]. A new location, Mirage Voyage was available on Worlds Edge from the beginning of the event throughout seasons 4 and 5.
Grand Soirée Arcade 3 January 14, 2020 – January 28, 2020 The event had 7 modes that lasted for two days each.[28]
System Override 4 March 03, 2020 – March 17, 2020 The “Deja Loot” mode removes all randomly-generated events from the game, meaning all loot drops (excluding Care Packages) and ring locations (which change daily) will be the same every single match. The event also introduced Evo Shields, shields that can be upgraded by dealing damage to enemy players. It was introduced in Deja Loot and was added to all modes after the event ended.[29][30]
The Old Ways 4 April 07, 2020 – April 21, 2020 The event is themed after the legend Bloodhound. Bloodhound’s Trials were added to Kings Canyon. There was no limited-time game mode during this event. however, Duos Game mode was added permanently, as well as a map rotation so players can play on different maps depending on the time of day.
Lost Treasures 5 June 23, 2020 – July 7, 2020 The “Armed and Dangerous Evolved” mode forces players to use shotguns and snipers, in addition to all armor being unavailable to loot, forcing players to use an Evo Shield they get at the start of the match. A new item was introduced, the Mobile Respawn Beacon, which allows players to respawn their teammates in most areas of the map. It was added to all modes after the event’s conclusion.[31][32]

In addition to these major events, there are occasional minor events which only introduce cosmetics available to purchase (such as “Summer of Plunder”), or limited-time game modes (without limited-time collectible items), such as the Battle Armor (April 28, 2020, to May 12, 2020).

Characters

Apex Legends has a diverse cast of 13 characters. Many of the character designs are based on Titanfall. One character is non-binary, while other characters are LGBTQ.[33]

Information is taken and read more from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apex_Legends

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