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2019 in Games: How Apex Legends exploded onto the scene

Published: 11:33, 27 December 2019
Respawn Entertainment
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Apex Legends

Nobody saw it coming. People were going about their business in a freshly remade zombie title, thinking it would last forever. And then it hit us. The sounds of people screaming. Nerf Wraith! Mozambique here! It was carnage.

Okay, once you've removed the dramatic embellishments, this is pretty much how it went down. Respawn's battle royale came out of the blue, hitting all the right notes to the point where even the studio was blown away by the response. 

In fact, many players were getting a bit fed up with battle royale games, especially after Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 jumped on the bandwagon too. I mean, how many battle royales do we need?

in hindsight, that was the wrong question, and the real one was - how many excellent battle royales do we need? And the answer to that is as many as possible. 

Battle royale games were normally solo affairs at the time, but Apex Legends brought in a touch of team-based shooters, without the constraints that normally go with them. If a player quit, it wasn't the end of the world.

Respawn's respawn mechanic was brilliant as it incentivized teamplay instead of forcing it. People would rush in without thinking and there were some truly exhilarating moments to be had.

Everything was at breakneck speed and Apex Legends was more akin to Unreal Tournament than PUBG. The gunplay was awesome and camping was barely an option thanks to the quick movement.

Those who didn't get on well with Fortnite's building system suddenly found themselves at home, even though Apex Legends still had that new car smell. I should know. I hated battle royales - there I said it. 

Respawn artwork showing the original Apex Legends characters The original Apex Legends characters

Fast forward to the end of 2019 and Apex Legends is firing on all cylinders, even being officially named EA's shooter for 2020. While it may not have that new car smell anymore, Respawn are still doing wonders with what they've got, even if various Reddit complaint artists don't think so. 

With a new season on the horizon, we can't wait to see what's next in Apex Legends land. If you're interested what that may be, head over to .

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