Apex Legends has loot boxes, and it’s here instead of Titanfall 3

Respawn Entertainment is not making Titanfall 3. Instead it launched Apex Legends today, a free-to-play battle royale set in the Titanfall universe, and one supported by the sale of cosmetic loot boxes. That’s a perfect storm of things the gaming community at large will be upset about, and it certainly doesn’t help that it’s coming in under the EA banner. Respawn isn’t blind to that response, and that’s why the Apex Legends release date came 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,” lead producer Drew McCoy tells Eurogamer. “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.”

McCoy also says “the world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making.” That seems to be the end of any hope that a Titanfall 3 release date is coming. A Kotaku report suggests that the game was “well into development” as of 2017, and was set to launch last year, but based on McCoy’s comments it seems that work on that Titanfall 3 has essentially morphed into Apex Legends.

So how do those loot boxes work? They’re entirely cosmetic, and the official FAQ promises “there is no way to purchase a gameplay advantage.” These Apex Packs are earned from levelling up – you’ll get 45 over the course of progressing to level 100 – and can be purchased directly.

You’re guaranteed a rare item in each pack, and you’ve got a 24.8% chance of an Epic or better and a 7.4% chance of a Legendary. You’ll never get duplicate cosmetics, and there are bad luck protections that’ll keep you from going more than 30 packs without getting a Legendary. That’s not terrible in comparison to some other loot box systems, but it is still a loot box system.

Read more: That’s one less for our list of upcoming PC games

The Apex Legends gameplay reveal hit just an hour ago, and you can go download and play the game for yourself right now. At least you’ll have the chance to play it for yourself before wondering what this means for the future of the series.


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