A Free-To-Play Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Be Out Soon

A Free-To-Play Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Be Out Soon

A new Titanfall spinoff is in the works, and it’ll be out sooner than anyone could possibly guess. In fact, internet rumours (and word from our own sources) suggests that it’ll be out this Monday.

The game isn’t officially announced just yet, but word leaked out this morning thanks to esports journalist Rod Breslau. As Breslau reported today, it’s called Apex Legends and will be out on this week for PC, Xbox, and PS4.

It’s a free-to-play battle royale that, interestingly, won’t let you use the Titan mech suits that make Titanfall so iconic. You’ll have supernatural MOBA-like hero abilities and play either solo or in a team of three as you battle other players for delicious chicken dinners.

We’ve heard all of those same details. A tipster sent me some info about Apex Legends early last month—“It plays like Titanfall mixed with Overwatch and Blackout from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” they told me at the time—and from what we’ve heard, publisher EA held an event for streamers and YouTubers this week to show off the game, which is likely how the news leaked.

Here’s another interesting tidbit: As I was reporting on EA’s purchase of Titanfall developer Respawn in the fall of 2017—a move that was forced by a Nexon bid for the studio and may have been directly connected to the closure of Visceral—I heard from a Respawn source that Titanfall 3 was well into development and that the studio had been looking to release it by the end of 2018.

The rationale, that source said, was that the game’s underlying technology was starting to feel dated and that Titanfall 3 might not feel or look as good if it came out too much later. (Like the previous two Titanfall games, Titanfall 3 used a modified version of Valve’s Source engine.)

Perhaps the studio decided to switch engines for Titanfall 3, releasing Apex Legends (which is also reportedly on Source) as a stopgap as it pushed back the release of a proper third Titanfall game. Or perhaps the work Respawn had done for Titanfall 3 wound up evolving into this spinoff game. No matter what, the third Titanfall appears to be way down the road.

Expect Apex Legends to be announced very soon, perhaps tomorrow at the Super Bowl or on Monday as a not-so-much-of-a-surprise reveal. This will be the first of two games Respawn has planned for this year, in addition to Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, which is slated to come out in the fall.


  • I don’t even care that everyone is doing BR games at the moment, I’m more fascinated how long this gravy train goes on for before it derails.

    That’s if it ever details, how many generations of people growing up on last man standing games before it becomes normal to do this stuff in real life to deal with criminals and over population?
    I’m just kidding, not kidding.

  • It’s a shame the mechs aren’t being used. I actually got a little excited about the idea of that for a second. I might have even bought in. Alas.

  • It was first reported by TheQuartering.

    Kinda sad that Kotaku/polygon/VG247 won’t acknowledge this, yet IGN will.

    • Was it? Was that where they first heard it? Cause they reference a twitter account for some details, and their own information dating to over a month ago.

      It’s almost as if they have their own information and aren’t just doing a rewrite.

    • People effected by harassment can sometimes not like to see the harassers name published, mentioned or alluded to. I think that’d be behind that decision.

      It’s a respectable way to treat perpetrators so yeah. I’m fine with them not mentioning him.

        • Without respecting someones wishes? Engage a little empathy. It really isn’t that big a deal, unless you want to push a broader narrative.

          • …. Lol. So if I’m a actual real journalist and I don’t like the source I can throw that out the window?
            If Bill gates hurt my feelings and I’m a Tech journo what do I do? Bullshit my source?

          • Please tell me every news article reveals the origin of the story…
            A bit of a difference between hurt feelings and the providing of a platform for rape threats.

        • Hold up I’m confused, are we talking about citing the source or giving credit to whom reported first.
          Because from what I can see the source for this particular story is Rod Breslau with an additional nugget cited to one of the writers respawn sources.

          I also thought the “first reported by” footnote was saved for when the original report/statement is the direct source, which isn’t actually the case here (by the sounds).
          Why would you give a source credit for someone who wasn’t your source?
          I’m getting the same weird disconnect online where fans of TheQuartering seem to equate first coverage as exclusive coverage in that nobody is allowed to cover this without giving credit to TheQuartering.
          (I noticed Rod added a note giving first reporting credit to TheQuartering but not cited as a source and people are still asking why he’s “stealing” from The Quartering)

  • Having the Titans would have been a pretty cool twist to the BR formula, disappointing there won’t be any.

  • So it’s just “fall” then?

    It would have been interesting to have a mech randomly spawn, a bit like airdrops in other games, and have people squabble for the chance to use it for a brief period of time. Not interested in this personally.

    • Okay so after viewing some gameplay after the reveal I’m actually far more interested than I thought I’d be. Also glad it’s free to play, going to be giving it a shot after all. Looks fun!

  • This story was such an emotional roller coaster.

    I’m going to hate myself for being part of the free to play battle royale shitpile, but I think I’m in. Because Titanfall.

  • Wait, a AAA publisher is funding a multiplayer shooter… a battle royale no less and not charging full price, actually going free2play… how much fact checking did every game blog had to do yesterday cause this is unbelievable.

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