Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Set in the same universe as Titanfall, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 4, 2019. Apex Legendsdifferentiates itself from other battle royale games by borrowing concepts of the hero shooter, with each player-character Legend having unique skills and abilities, and principally requiring players to work in squads of three, with the ability to respawn downed squadmates.
While Respawn had been working on efforts towards a second sequel in the Titanfall series, the success of Fortnite Battle Royale led them to rework Titanfall elements into a battle royale genre, while keeping their own flavor in that genre. Respawn asked Electronic Arts to avoid any preliminary marketing for the game, releasing it on the same day it was announced, to avoid having players develop preconceived notions about the title. One week after its release, Apex Legends had over 25 million downloads and over 2 million concurrent players, and is considered to be a strong challenger to Fortnite‘ current dominance in the video game industry.