Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends was surprisingly launched to the public, garnering a large sum of attention. No one besides the studio knew this was their project, most people were led to believe it was going to be the next of their Titanfall series.
During an interview with Eurogamer, Drew McCoy explained exactly what they were doing and why they released it so suddenly.
We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.
Apex Legends rides the “battle royale” bandwagon, but as of launch, it lacks some features competing games hold. A feature that, in and of itself, can be difficult to add has been been confirmed to be coming in the future. This feature is “cross-play”. For those who don’t know, cross-play is the ability to play with friends from different consoles.
[Respawn] plans to allow players to play with their friends on other platform.
The game will, however, lack cross-progression and cross-purchases. The early on systems that can’t be fixed the culprit.
Apex Legends is out now on the PS4, PC, and Xbox One.