What is 'Apex Legends'? Roster, Story and More Explained

Respawn just announced Apex Legends, a new battle royale set in the Titanfall universe. Control one of eight Legends in a war for survival in a deadly wasteland where it's either kill or be killed. The game is playable now and can be downloaded on PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4. For free! Streamers from Dr Disrespect to Myth are currently streaming Apex Legends on their own accounts if you want to check out the game for yourself.

The game itself has no "pay to win" mechanics and the only reason to spend real money is to get cosmetics. Each one of the eight legends has an assortment of recolors and skins that you can purchase with real money, alongside banners you can display throughout the map. There will also be a battlepass players can purchase, just like Fortnite.

What is Apex Legends?

Apex Legends takes place after the events of Titanfall 2 in a new area of space called the Outlands. Bounty hunters and rapscallions patrol the planet, fighting it out for turf. You play on the King's Canyon map, which has plenty of hills, valleys, rivers and even a giant alien skeleton to use for cover.

Players team up in squads of three and have a Jumpmaster leading the way. This Jumpmaster decides where his squad lands, making sure you don't have any stragglers before you hit the ground. Landing in highly-contested areas might give you some good loot, but you can also lose the game super early. The best loot are on supply ships, which you can control to earn elite gear. Players who want to head to a new location can find a floating balloon on the map, which will zipline you up to jump to a new location.

There are a multitude of guns available for use, like the shotgun Peacekeeper and the energy rifle Triple Take.

Each legend has a tactical, passive and ultimate ability they can use in battle. Here are all the Legends, which are the playable heroes, in Apex Legends and a brief rundown of their abilities courtesy of playapex.com.

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Bangalore EA


Tactical Ability Smoke Launcher

Fire a high-velocity smoke canister that explodes into a smoke wall on impact.

Passive Ability Double Time

Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief time.

Ultimate Ability Rolling Thunder

Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape.

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Bloodhound EA


Tactical Ability-Eye of the Allfather

Briefly reveal hidden enemies, traps, and clues throughout structures in front of you.

Passive Ability-Tracker

See tracks left behind by your foes.

Ultimate Ability- Beast of the Hunt

Enhances your senses, allowing you move faster and highlighting your prey.

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Caustic EA


Tactical Ability-Nox Gas Trap

Drop canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies.

Passive Ability Nox Vision

Allows you to see enemies through your gas.

Ultimate Ability Nox Gas Grenade

Blankets a large area in Nox gas.

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Gibraltar EA


Tactical Ability Dome of Protection
Throw down a dome-shield that blocks attacks for 15 seconds.

Passive Ability Gun Shield
Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire.

Ultimate Ability Defensive Bombardment
Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a marked position.

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Lifeline EA


Tactical Ability- D.O.C. Heal Drone
Call your Drone of Compassion to automatically heal nearby teammates over time.

Passive Ability- Combat Medic
Revive knocked down teammates faster while protected by a shield wall. Healing items are used 25% faster.

Ultimate Ability- Care Package
Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive gear.

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Mirage EA


Tactical Ability- Psyche Out
Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy.

Passive Ability-Encore!
Automatically drop a decoy and cloak for five seconds when knocked down.

Ultimate Ability- Vanishing Act
Deploy a team of Decoys to distract enemies while you cloak.

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Pathfinder EA


Tactical Ability-Grappling Hook
Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.

Passive Ability- Insider Knowledge
Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring's next location.

Ultimate Ability- Zipline Gun
Create a zipline for everyone to use.

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Wraith EA


Tactical Ability- Into the Void
Reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.

Passive Ability- Voices from the Void
A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it's on your side.

Ultimate Ability-Dimensional Rift
Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing your entire team to use them.