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

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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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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 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.

10 Comments
  • Still playing TF2 and having a great time with it, a battle royal game will be an interesting spin, definitely fast paced with the movement mechanics of the game.
  • I really do like titan fall. I think they need a little bit better advertising to get people excited to play it more but it's good. This would be pretty interesting to have a battle Royale version. Thumbs up 👍
  • Bringing the game out between cod and bf was its down fall imo but I also did not like the slower game play of the 2nd compaired to the 1st one
  • It better be 100 Mecha or I will be disappointed.
  • Could be really Nice. Lets hope its true
  • Big Titan fall 1 fan here. Hated titan fall 2. They changed everything that made it what it was I to COD with mechs. So if it's like the first game I'm in. If it's like the 2nd game. I'm well and truly out.
  • I loved TF1. I hated TF2, particularly because it seemed to emphasize deathmatch and pilot play instead of the aspects I loved most in TF1. Now I have even less reason to be excited for the future of TF.
  • 100%. Problem is with titanfall 2 they literally completely changed the game play. They weakened the titans. And on top of that made them to easy for pilots to. Take them down on seconds. The whole point of Titanfall was the power you felt. All that was removed in TF2. They literally broke the titan game play. As a result most people on TF2 hated being in the titan. Sadly the pilot only modes became the most played in the 2nd game. As a result of the game play changes. I still get bitter about that even now. Hurts to much. I looked forward to TF2 since the first launched. I fell inove straight away. I get the same hurt that Final Fantasy has done away with turn based combat. Hurts.
  • Another free-to-play battle royale type game? pass. Give me Titanfall 3 or a potential crossover with a single player campaign.
  • Ohh I bet Titan fall 2 is the T-word game that is being added to game pass!