Battle royale 'Apex Legends' launches on Xbox One and PC (update)

Titanfall 2
Titanfall 2 (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

Updated February 4, 2019: Today, Apex Legends — a free-to-play battle royale game launched — on Xbox One and other platforms. It doesn't feature mechs or any other towering contraptions you can control. The title is a lot like Overwatch as it features various colorful characters that complement abilities. You can download it on the Microsoft Store right now.

When Titanfall came out all those years ago on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, it was an instant sensation due to its fast-paced gameplay and wall-running mechanics. The title instantly managed to garner a lot of fans and the sequel, Titanfall 2, sold quite well, despite being released a week after Battlefield 1.

Ever since PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds came out, the battle royale genre has soared in popularity. The success of free-to-play games like Fortnite has prompted a lot of other developers to follow that model, and it looks like Respawn Entertainment — now owned by EA — is the latest studio to try out that business model.

There is a rumor floating around that Respawn is working on a free-to-play battle royale version of Titanfall called "Apex Legends" which will be revealed on Monday. As with any such "leak," take it with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation. Considering that Respawn is currently finishing up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the team might not have time to develop a free-to-play version of Titanfall.

We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. If a free-to-play version exists, hopefully it won't be pay-to-win. EA has already gotten into a lot of trouble with local and foreign governments over Star Wars Battlefront II, and it would be in their best interest to avoid another controversy. Would you play a free-to-play battle royale version of Titanfall? Let us know.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.